`Orlando Massacre’

An anti-war topical folk song about mass shootings in USA and endless U.S. drone wars abroad that was written after the 2016 massacre in Orlando, Florida.


(lyrics)
(chorus)
On Virginia Tech’s campus
In a Sandy Hook school
And in California and Colorado
And a Black church massacre
In South Carolina
And then 49 killed in Orlando.

(verses)
They claim drone wars in foreign lands
“Protect our security”
Yet the more they make war to change regimes
The less secure people seem to be. (chorus)

They cut programs that treat the mentally ill
To pay billions for “homeland security”
Yet they don’t stop weapons being sold to the insane
Before they go on a shooting spree. (chorus)

He worked for G4S
That gets contracts to provide “security”
Yet before licensing him to shoot his gun
They failed to do enough screening. (chorus)

In the LGBT Pulse club
The homophobic guard staged his massacre
To kill civilians was his goal
In his lonely, mixed-up, suicidal war. (chorus)

The leaders still don’t know that drone attacks
Create hate and not world peace
And negotiations, not more endless war,
Is the way to get homeland security. (chorus)

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`Equal Pensions For All’

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`The Asbury Park Rebellion’ folk song

A public domain historical topical protest folk song about the July 1970 youth revolt in Asbury Park, New Jersey that demanded summer jobs for local youth that was brutally suppressed by local and state police:

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`Equal Pensions For All!’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hL3dE2oRBQ

A protest folk song from 2015 that explains why all retired workers in the United States should receive an equal and adequate amount of pension money from the U.S. economic system and U.S. government in the 21st-century.
(lyrics)
See the people marching and cheering for the cause
Hear the old folks singing and chanting to applause:
“The low pay that you gave us for the worst jobs made us poor
So now we demand: `Equal Pensions For All!’

“For fifty years you forced us to work for minimum wage
And forced us to be robots and labor as your slaves
And in order to get hired, you forced us all to crawl
So now we demand: `Equal Pensions For All!’

“From all of your temp agencies and factories that you shut down
And all your laid-off workers and all your mortgage loans
You made yourself big money by breaking labor laws
So now we demand: `Equal Pensions For All!’

“You inflated your own salaries while watching us clean your floors
And gave yourself large pensions to play golf in Florida
While we all starve in cities to pay rent to your landlords
So now we demand: `Equal Pensions For All!’

“You chained us to computers in your office skyscrapers
Or fired all who rebelled in your restaurants and stores
You did not pay more taxes on the profits you made from War
So now we demand: `Equal Pensions For All!'”

Yes, see the people marching and cheering for the cause
Hear the old folks singing and chanting to applause:
“The low pay that you gave us for the worst jobs made us poor
So now we demand: `Equal Pensions For All!’
Yes, now we demand: `Equal Pensions For All!'”

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`New Freedom Ride’

A protest folk song from late 1990’s that pays tribute to the protest folk music scene of early 1960’s–and calls for a “new freedom ride” in 21st-century music scene.
(lyrics)

They picked up guitars
And they sang out the truth
And broadsides they hurled at the world.
The poetry they wrote
It left people moved
And helped wake up many lost souls.

Pete and Joan
They sang out alone
In the Village, in Cambridge, in Newport.
And Bob and Phil
Protested evil
And pointed their fingers at wrong.

Peter, Paul and Mary
They joined up with Judy
And freedom called over the air.
And Odetta and Buffy
Sang out their songs roughly
That peace it was better than war.

Richard and Mimi
Packed sorrows up freely
And Ritchie, he kept on the path.
And Gordon and Sis
They didn’t give up
And Gil, he taught others his craft.

Freedom Singers and Tom
They spread the alarm
And Dave sang his blues out with soul.
And over in England
Peggy and Ewan
The danger in mines, they exposed.

The years have flown by
And people still cry
And the screen world is still filled with lies.
And some they still try
While others have died
And it’s time for a New Freedom Ride.

Yes, they picked up guitars
And they sang out the truth
And broadsides they hurled at the world.
The poetry they wrote
It gave people hope
And helped wake up many lost souls

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Michael Brown Was Gunned Down–Bob A. Feldman and Jan

A recently-written public domain protest folk song about the killing of Michael Brown, the grand jury’s non-indictment and the protests by people in Ferguson, Missouri.
(lyrics)

(chorus)
Michael Brown was gunned down
In a Missouri town
And the grand jury refused to indict.
So the people did protest
For they could not find justice
And they vowed to continue the fight.

(verses)
Without a warrant
The cop ordered him to stop
And cursed him
For walking in the street.
Although he was unarmed
Six shots from the cop’s gun
Killed the 18-year-old youth
Illegally.
How can we let these things happen?
We’ve got to stop these things happening. (chorus)

Without any trial
The cop sentenced him to die
On Canfield Drive
In Ferguson.
His black hands were in the air
But the white cop did not care
For he knew he’d get away
With murder.
How can we let these things happen?
We’ve got to stop these things happening. (chorus)

An act of petty theft
Is not punishable by death
According to the laws
Of the land.
Yet for alleged theft of two cigars
From the Ferguson Market store
The System lets cops
Kill a young Black man.
How can we let these things happen?
We’ve got to stop these things happening.
How can we let these things happen?
We’ve got to stop these things happening.

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Sundial: Columbia SDS Memories–From Berkeley To Kent State, 1964-1970

Epilogue: Columbia SDS Memories: From Berkeley To Kent State
From news of the Berkeley revolt to the Columbia revolt to news of Ted’s death to news of Kent State in less than 6 years. Within these years are my Columbia SDS memories. Freedom Now and World Peace and Equality had not been won yet. And the 1960s had still not brought me the sustained romantic love relationship I had hoped to discover with Rona in 1965. But I had learned the truth about U.S. society and I felt that I was one of its un-indicted outlaws, in some ways.

The time between the Berkeley Student Revolt and the Kent State Massacre had revealed why a Revolution was necessary in the United States for a genuinely democratic society to be established within its borders. The test of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 21st-century was whether my generation could collectively make that Revolution happen, despite the intensified repression that the U.S. imperialist Establishment appeared willing to lay on us, in order to try to turn us into docile, but cheerful, robots—as we aged.

Seize their TV
Then speak freely.

Turn 2014 into 1964.

All Power to the People!

THE END

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