`New York City Refugee’

 

A folk song about how real estate developers, landlords, and their political allies gentrified New York City after 1971; and created a native New Yorker refugee population.

lyrics

I was born in the Bronx 
And I grew up in Queens 
But then I became 
A New York City refugee. 

The millionaires came 
From all over the globe 
And bought up Manhattan 
And drove me from my home. 

I was born in the Bronx 
And I grew up in Queens 
And when forced out of Brooklyn 
Became a New York City refugee. 

They gentrified Brooklyn 
And part of the Bronx 
They co-oped Manhattan 
And Queens apartments. 

I was born in the Bronx 
And I grew up in Queens 
On Staten Island I lived 
But now I’m a New York City refugee. 

Landlords and their lawyers 
De-controlled rents 
And with Wall Street developers 
Ripped-off their tenants. 

I was born in the Bronx 
And I grew up in Queens 
Many native New Yorkers 
Are now New York City refugees. 

But on the Lower East Side 
These words are now heard: 
“New York City refugees 
Have the right to return!”

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Remember Lumumba

An historical protest folk song from 2017 about role of Belgian and U.S. governments, UN and former Columbia University administration officials in eliminating democratically elected Congolese PM Patrice Lumumba, between July 1960 and January 1961.

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`In Hibbing and Minneapolis’

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`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!’

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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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