Solidarity Songs for Tim DeChristopher's Trial

by Peaceful Uprising

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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!
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Chorus: I will stand with you – Will you stand with me We will be the change that we hope to see In the name of love – in the name of peace Will you stand, will you stand with me When injustice raises up its fist And fights to stop us in our tracks We will rise and as one resist No fear nor sorrow can turn us back Chorus When pain and hatred churn up angry noise And try to shout down our freedom song We will rise in one joyful voice Loud and clear and ever strong Chorus When broken hearts come knocking on our door Lost and hungry and so alone We will reach as we have reached before For there is no stranger in this our home Chorus In the name of love – in the name of peace Will you stand, will you stand with me
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This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, x3 Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. Ev’rywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine, x3 Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. Even in my home, I’m gonna let it shine, x3 Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. When I see my neighbor, I’m gonna let it shine, x3 Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. -- Peaceful Uprising's Additional Verses -- Building up a world, I’m gonna let it shine, x3 Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. Out in the dark, I’m gonna let it shine, x3 Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. Opening up our eyes to see and realize, x3 Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. There’s no time to lose, I’m gonna let it shine, x3 Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
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Chorus: This land is your land - This land is my land From California to the New York island; From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was made for you and Me. As I was walking that ribbon of highway, I saw above me that endless skyway: I saw below me that golden valley: This land was made for you and me. Chorus I've roamed and rambled, and I followed my footsteps To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts; And all around me a voice was sounding: This land was made for you and me. Chorus When the sun came shining and I was strolling, And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling, As the fog was lifting, a voice was chanting: This land was made for you and me. Chorus As I went walking, I saw a sign there And on the sign it said, "No Trespassing." But on the other side, it didn't say nothing, That side was made for you and me. Chorus In the shadow of the steeple, I saw my people, By the relief office, I seen my people; As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking Is this land made for you and me? Chorus Nobody living can ever stop me, As I go walking that freedom highway; Nobody living can ever make me turn back; This land was made for you and me. Chorus -- Peaceful Uprising's Additional Lyrics -- We see Gulf oil spilled, we see the trees killed, We see the flares on, the oil and gas fields, Back hoes are gutting, our coal-filled mountains, There’ll be no land left for you and me. Chorus
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How many roads must a man walk down Before you call him a man? How many seas must a white dove sail Before she sleeps in the sand? Yes, an’ how many times must the cannon balls fly Before they’re forever banned? Chorus: The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind. How many years can a mountain exist Before it is washed to the sea? Yes, an’ how many years can some people exist Before they’re allowed to be free? Yes, an’ how many times can a man turn his head And pretend that he just doesn’t see? Chorus How many times must a man look up Before he can see the sky? Yes, an’ how many ears must one man have Before he can hear people cry? Yes, an’ how many deaths will it take ‘til he knows That too many people have died? Chorus -- Peaceful Uprising's Additional Lyrics -- How many trials must a man endure, Before he’s allowed to speak truth? How many years must a man sacrifice, To stand up for those in their youth? Yes, and how many people will stand on the side, ‘cause they are unsure, what to do? Chorus
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If I had a hammer I'd hammer in the morning I'd hammer in the evening All over this land I'd hammer out danger I'd hammer out a warning I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters All over this land If I had a bell I'd ring it in the morning I'd ring it in the evening All over this land I'd ring out danger I'd ring out a warning I'd ring out love between my brothers and my sisters All over this land If I had a song I'd sing it in the morning I'd sing it in the evening All over this land I'd sing out danger I'd sing out a warning I'd sing out love between my brothers and my sisters All over this land Well I've got a hammer And I've got a bell And I've got a song to sing All over this land It's the hammer of justice It's the bell of freedom It's the song about love between my brothers & my sisters All over this land
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We shall not, we shall not be moved. x 2 Chorus Just like a tree that's planted by the waterside, We shall not be moved. On the road to freedom, We shall not be moved. x 2 Chorus We're brothers together, We shall not be moved. We're [sisters] together, We shall not be moved. Chorus We're fighting for our freedom We shall not be moved. x 2 Chorus We're fighting for our children We shall not be moved. x 2 Chorus We're fighting for their future We shall not be moved. x 2 Chorus Young and old together We shall not be moved. x 2 Chorus Don't let the world deceive you We shall not be moved. x 2 Chorus We’re fighting for our future We shall not be moved. x 2 Chorus
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They paved paradise And put up a parking lot With a pink hotel, a boutique And a swinging hot spot Chorus: Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got till it’s gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot They took all the trees Put 'em in a tree museum And they charged the people A dollar and a half just to see 'em Chorus Hey farmer, farmer Put away the D.D.T. now Give me spots on my apples But leave me the birds and the bees Please! Chorus Late last night I heard that screen door slam And a big yellow taxi Came and took away my old man Chorus Late last night I heard that screen door slam And a big yellow tractor Took away my house, took away my land I said don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got till it’s gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot They paved paradise And put up a parking lot They paved paradise And put up a parking lot.
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We are a gentle, angry people and we are singing, singing for our lives We are a justice-seeking people and we are singing, singing for our lives We are young and old together and we are singing, singing for our lives We are a land of many colors and we are singing, singing for our lives We are gay and straight together and we are singing, singing for our lives We are a gentle, loving people and we are singing, singing for our lives
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released February 11, 2011

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