Alexei Panshin's The Abyss of Wonder

Free Speech Zone

They said they had a new place for me to play
And I was to stay there when they went away
Waitin' on the threshold wishin' I was home
The sign said "Welcome to the Free Speech Zone"

Bullhorns keep blarin' but I can't make 'em out
Heavy machin'ry is rumblin' all about
Dunno why they left me here all alone
Blinkin' in the spotlight in the Free Speech Zone

Here you're free to say whatever you please
As long as you do it down on your knees
If you raise your head your cover will be blown
Caught in the crossfire in the Free Speech Zone

Freedom is measured in lengths of chain
I don't think I'll ever see you again
Payin' for crimes got no way to atone
Beggin' for my life in the Free Speech Zone

Coils of razor wire all over the place
Big attack dog with his teeth in muh face
I wish that someone would toss that dog a bone
'Fore I'm eaten alive in the Free Speech Zone

The law is the law and a gun is a gun
Power is power and the bad guys won
It's one for the money and two for the show
Strange things happenin' in the Free Speech Zone

Three to get ready and four to go
Weird things happenin' in the Free Speech Zone

Is anybody out there who can let me know
What's goin' on in the Free Speech Zone?

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