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PJ Harvey’s New Song Is About Gentrification in DC

Photograph by Maria Mochnacz.

British indie rock artist PJ Harvey dropped a new song Thursday, and it’s all about DC. “The Community of Hope,” the second track released from her upcoming record The Hope Six Demolition Project, references District topics like poverty in Ward 7, the Department of Homeland Security, Benning Road, and MLK Deli. It also decries the commercialization of these areas—”They’re gonna put a Walmart here,” she sings. Listen to the track and read the words, taken from the usually reliable AZ Lyrics, below.

“The Community Of Hope”

Here’s the Hope Six Demolition Project
Switching down the Benning Road
The well-known “pathway of death”
At least that’s what I’m told
And here’s the one sit-down restaurant
In Ward Seven, nice
OK, now this is just drug town, just zombies
But that’s just life

In the Community of Hope
The Community of Hope
The Community of Hope
The Community of Hope, hope, hope, hope

Here’s the highway pathway of death and destruction
South Capitol is its name
And the school that looks like shit-hole
Does that look like a nice place?
Here’s the old mental institution
And the Homeland Security Base
And here’s God’s Deliverance Centre
A deli called M.L.K

And The Community of Hope
The Community of Hope
The Community of Hope
The Community of Hope, hope, hope, hope

They’re gonna put a Walmart here
They’re gonna put a Walmart here
They’re gonna put a Walmart here…

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