killed a policeman today, and
A part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side.
The suspect who shot him will stand up in
With counsel, demanding his rights,
While a young widowed mother must work for
And spend alone many long nights.
The beat that he walked was a battlefield,
Just as if he'd gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at
To his name they will add a gold star.
Yes, someone killed a policeman today,
It happened in your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked
A cop put his life on the line.
Now his ghost walks a beat on a dark city
And he stands at each new rookie's side.
He answered a call and gave us his all
And A Part of America Died.