Last night I heard the screaming Loud voices behind the wall Another sleepless night for me It won't do no good to call The police Always come late If they come at all

And when they arrive They say they can't interfere With domestic affairs Between a man and his wife And as they walk out the door The tears well up in her eyes

Last night I heard the screaming Then a silence that chilled my soul Prayed that I was dreaming When I saw the ambulance in the road

And the policeman said “I'm here to keep the peace Will the crowd disperse? I think we all could use some sleep”

— Tracy Chapman, “Behind the Wall,” Tracy Chapman, 1988

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