They always said we had to change the law
so we tried to change the law
A hundred little Lungrens descended from on high
To confiscate the medicine God made in good supply
They said take what Eli Lilly makes and pay until you die
On your knees, Frisco…

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so we tried to change the law
A hundred little Lungrens descended from on high
To confiscate the medicine God made in good supply
They said take what Eli Lilly makes and pay until you die
On your knees, Frisco…

They always said we had to change the law
so we tried to change the law
They took our friends and cuffed them for hours making threats
They called them whores and faggots the women and the vets
Basil said Have we been arrested, is it Argentina yet?
Or San Francisco?…

They always said we had to change the law
So we’re gonna change the law
November 5th, election day, Yes on 215
Compassionate use, that’s exactly what we mean
A little relief before we leave this lovely scene
San Francisco!

This is the city of Elizabeth Moore
Kayo, Jo Daly, Willie Brown
Guang-Shing Cheng, Uncle Herb Caen
God, don’t you love this town?
This is the city of Harvey Milk
The body we are all part of
this is the city of St. Francis
and sister this is the summer of love

Oh, San Francisco…
Oh oh oh San Francisco!

Photo is of Geo (Lynne) Barnes, a former oncology nurse at UCSF who worked full-time at Yes-on-215 headquarters, 1444 Market St. The song was written in August ’96 after a raid ordered by Attorney General Dan Lungren closed the SF Buyers Club and Dennis Peron commented ruefully, “They always said we had to change the law…” —F.G.

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