I just discovered that reknowned artist Makana was asked to perform an instrumental at the APEC summit, Amy Goodman reported on the story on November 14....
this is a GREAT song to make VIRAL for today's OCCUPY day of ACTION....
An absolutely BRILLIANT action!!!!
more below the fold...
Below is the link to Makana's video on YouTube:
Here are the lyrics/chords:
We Are the Many by Makana
Key: E capo: 9 chording: G
Intro: G, Gsus4, G, Em7 x 2
1. We come here, gather ‘round the stage / The time has come for us to voice our rage
Against the ones who trapped us in a cage / To steal from us the value of our wage
2. 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
Refrain 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
3. Our nation was built upon the right / Of every person to improve their plight
The laws of this republic they rewrite / And now the few own everything in sight
4. 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
5. You enforce your monopolies with guns / While sacrificing our daughters and sons
Well, certain things belong to everyone / You’re thievery has left the people none
6. So take heed of our notice to redress / We have little to lose we must confess
Your empty words leave us unimpressed / A growing number join us in protest
7. 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
8. Our government is not for sale / The banks do not deserve a bail
We won’t reward those who fail / we’ll not move ‘til we prevail
We are the many, you are the few.
Share it, sing it, learn it, pass it on!
I also am a writer, and have posted two protest/peace videos to YouTube (my original songs) with images from various peace groups and activists, along with some of my own. Feel free to forward and use for activism. If you need guitar chords
to the songs (or lyric sheets) email me at email@example.com
WHERE IN THE WORLD is a universal Peace anthem, and has the lyrics captioned in the video. Very easy to sing/learn/play.
WHEREVER U GO (key of G) ...is a song about the human cost of war/bring the troops home, with many images from Veterans for Peace.
both of these songs are from my contemporary adaptation of Aristophanes anti-war [lay, Lysistrata: LIZ'S STRATAGEM. I will be uploading more songs from the play, perhaps do a blog of the entire work...
in the meantime...let us go forth, and SINGING and OCCUPYING together!