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I'm not seeing any diaries on this, so just have to post.  It appears a performer has gotten into the APEC summit in Hawaii and sang a very anti-1%-er song for 45 minutes.  He was showing a "Occupy with Aloha" t-shirt and his song had lyrics such as: "The lobbyists at Washington do gnaw.... And until they are purged, we won't withdraw".  

Really awesome.  Quoting from the press release from the Yes Lab (who helped make this happen):  

Honolulu - A change in the programmed entertainment at last night's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) gala left a few world leaders slack-jawed, though most seemed not to notice that anything was amiss.

During the gala dinner, renowned Hawaiian guitarist Makana, who performed at the White House in 2009, opened his suit jacket to reveal a home-made “Occupy with Aloha” T-shirt. Then, instead of playing the expected instrumental background music, he spent almost 45 minutes repeatedly singing his protest ballad released earlier that day. The ballad, called “We Are the Many,” includes lines such as “The lobbyists at Washington do gnaw.... And until they are purged, we won't withdraw,” and ends with the refrain: “We'll occupy the streets, we'll occupy the courts, we'll occupy the offices of you, till you do the bidding of the many, not the few.”

Those who could hear Makana’s message included Presidents Barack Obama of the United States of America, Hu Jintao of China, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and over a dozen other heads of state.

“At first, I was worried about playing ‘We Are The Many,’” said Makana. “But I found it odd that I was afraid to sing a song I’d written, especially since I'd written it with these people in mind.”

The gala was the most secure event of the summit. It was held inside the Hale Koa hotel, a 72-acre facility owned and controlled by the US Defense Department; the site was fortified with an additional three miles of fencing constructed solely for the APEC summit.

Makana was surprised that no one objected to him playing the overtly critical song. “I just kept doing different versions,” he said. “I must’ve repeated ‘the bidding of the many, not the few’ at least 50 times, like a mantra. It was surreal and sobering.”

There are pictures at the link.  Here's the song's video (h/t to x):

11:02 AM PT: I just saw from the artist's webpage you can get a free download of his song "We are the Many" there.   (I've never heard of this artist, or listen to Hawaiian music generally, but I'll definitely be listening to this!)  

11:19 AM PT: OK, I just listened to this song from watching the video which has been embedded by commenter below.  It is very worthy, with lyrics that are sung and a message being sent that couldn't be clearer.  

I'm really amazed that the performer was able to serenade these 0.1%-er's for 45 minutes with this song!   What a freaking great way to get in their heads!

12:57 PM PT: The song video has been added to the diary now.  Rec list, I'm really glad this very innovative approach to 'bring it' to the 1% (or, more accurately, the 0.1%) is getting some exposure.  

I just LOVE that for 45-freaking minutes this performer got to sing to these elites:  "We are the many, you are the few".   Just awesome.  

9:08 PM PT: This is getting some play in the media.  Ann Compton posting at "Political Punch" for ABC News covered the story, and contacted the White House about it.  They declined comment.  

CNN covers it, interviews Makana, and he gets to perform live on air:




Mon Nov 14, 2011 at  6:44 AM PT: Now that the media are back in the office, there's a lot of media happening for this wonderful story of tuneful direct action.  

Here are the song's lyrics:

Ye come here, gather ’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

We’ll occupy the streets

We’ll occupy the courts

We’ll occupy the offices of you

Till you do

The bidding of the many, not the few

Our nation was built upon the right

Of every person to improve their plight

But 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

We’ll occupy the streets

We’ll occupy the courts

We’ll occupy the offices of you

Till you do

The bidding of the many, not the few

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

We occupy the streets

We occupy the courts

We occupy the offices of you

Till you do

The bidding of the many, not the few

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 till we prevail

We’ll occupy the streets

We’ll occupy the courts

We’ll occupy the offices of you

Till you do

The bidding of the many, not the few

We are the many

You are the few


Originally posted to PeteB2 on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 10:57 AM PST.

Also republished by Protest Music, DKOMA, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, J Town, An Ear for Music, and Barriers and Bridges.

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