Peter Yarrow - Have You Been to Jail for Justice?

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Was it Cesar Chavez? Or Rosa Parks that day?
Some say Dr. King or Gandhi that set them on their way
No matter who your mentors are it's pretty plain to see
That, if you've been to jail for justice, you're in good company

Chorus
Have you been to jail for justice? I want to shake your hand
Cause sitting in and lyin' down are ways to take a stand
Have you sung a song for freedom? or marched that picket line?
Have you been to jail for justice? Then you're a friend of mine

Chorus

You law abiding citizens, come listen to this song
Laws were made by people, and people can be wrong
Once unions were against the law, but slavery was fine
Women were denied the vote & children worked the mine
The more you study history the less you can deny it
A rotten law stays on the books til folks like us defy it

Chorus

The law's supposed to serve us, and so are the police
And when the system fails, it's up to us to speak our peace
It takes eternal vigilance for justice to prevail
So get courage from your convictions
Let them haul you off to jail!

credits

from Solidarity Songs for Tim DeChristopher's Trial, released February 11, 2011
Written by Anne Feeney

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