THE COMMUNITY OF HOPE

March 27, 2016 – 6:04 am

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“The Community Of Hope” by PJ Harvey will be released on her upcoming album The Hope Six Demolition Project, on April 15.

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…

Click here for PJ Harvey’s Community Of Hope video.

Click here to order The Hope Six Demolition Project.

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AN ANGERED COMMUNITY OF HOPE

Once PJ Harvey’s Community of Hope song surfaced online, it caused some considerable hurt, writes Chad Clark, a DC musician.

“Community Of Hope, the organization, has strongly rebuked the song ‘Community Of Hope’. The organization wrote PJ Harvey an open letter in response. Community Of Hope the group would have strongly preferred that ‘Community Of Hope’ the song paid tribute to the positive spirit of their mission and to the dignity and humanity of the underserved populace they endeavor to uplift…

…Is it possible PJ Harvey felt that simply writing about DC poverty, by expressing dismay, she would raise awareness? As a longtime fan, that’s what I hope she intended to do. But I truly don’t know.

If you want me to supply a conclusive judgment, I’m afraid I’m gonna disappoint. I will close with two thoughts:

1) If art is to be measured for its ability to provoke discussion, PJ Harvey may be winning this one.

2) If you’re upset by any of this, one smart remedy exists: Community Of Hope (the organization, not the song) has a donation page.”

Note: Chad Clark is a musician, producer, and artist in DC. He fronts the band Beauty Pill. It will be well worth your time to read Clark’s thoughtful essay on PJ Harvey’s Community Of Hope - click here.

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