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Interesting Times

©2011 by Hali Hammer Download printable version (revised 1/19/12)      video

The banks have been bailed out thanks to politician’s clout
While foreclosures grow and folks can’t pay their rent
The class that’s in the middle is playing second fiddle
To the wealthiest, who are the 1%
We’ve seen the Arab Spring and the overthrow of kings
Wisconsin rallies weren’t far behind
Now we are on our feet as we Occupy Wall Street
We are living in interesting times
We’re living in interesting times ://
Some say it is a curse but we could change the universe
Cause we’re living in interesting times

A fiscal surplus had us confident when Clinton left as president
Eight years of Bush and that went down the drain
Yes, we had some cash before we waged interminable war
And the deficit became our ball and chain
With our broken infrastructure something’s bound to rupture
Are we modern Rome in our decline?
But rather than concede defeat we take it to the street
We are living in interesting times
We’re living in interesting times ://
Some say it is a curse but we could change the universe
Cause we’re living in interesting times

Unemployment everywhere, corporations just don’t care
They’ve moved most of the factories overseas
As the job market has flown, rising debts from student loans
Have graduates upset and ill at ease
CEOs work to figure out how to dismantle union clout
But some day there will be payback for their crimes
Cause 99%, you see, is an extreme majority
We want democracy, and that’s the bottom line!
We’re living in interesting times ://
Some say it is a curse but we could change the universe
Cause we’re living in interesting times

The Mayan Prophesy is not a death decree
Omens point to moving forward toward the light
But we need collective strength to effect a global change
Then we’ll truly live in interesting times (Chorus)

Walk with the People
We Are the Many

lyrics & music by Matthew Swalinkavich (performance name MAKANA)
Download printable version (revised 5/23/12)      video

Ye come here & gather here 'round the stage
The time has come for us to voice our rage
Against the ones who've trapped us in a cage
To steal from us the value of our wage
From underneath the vestiture of law
The lobbyists at Washington do gnaw
At liberty, the bureaucrats guffaw
And until they are purged, we won't withdraw

CHORUS
We'll occupy the streets
We'll occupy the courts
We'll occupy the offices of you
'Til you do
The bidding of the many, not the few

Our nation was built upon the right
Of every person to improve their plight
The laws of this republic they rewrite
And now a few own everything in sight
They own it free of liability
They own, but they are not like you and me
Their influence dictates legality
And until they are stopped we are not free ( CHORUS)

You enforce your monopolies with guns
While sacrificing our daughters and sons
But certain things belong to everyone
Your thievery has left the people none
So take heed of our notice to redress
We have little to lose, we must confess
Your empty words do leave us unimpressed
A growing number join us in protest (CHORUS)

You can't divide us into sides
And from our gaze you cannot hide
Denial serves to amplify
And our allegiance you can't buy
Our government is not for sale
The banks do not deserve a bail
We will not reward those who fail
We will not move 'til we prevail
(CHORUS)
… We are the many, you are the few