From:   jason ahmadi <jason.ahmadi@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Saturday, September 17, 2011 7:14:48 AM
To:   september17@googlegroups.com
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] >>Add to the LiveStream Playlist?
 

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On Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 8:49 AM, <Dougfir321@riseup.net> wrote:
Inspired.


>  http://vimeo.com/29125719
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> A Poem to My Father
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> To all the years you've lived through
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> To the years now laying on your shouldered suit
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> To the many years of police patrol
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> and police fights
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> and officer deaths
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> and very, very long officer nights
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> Spending years face-first in our society's shit
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> Spending years buying all the fears that you could ever get
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> Spending all your years, wasting all your time
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> fighting crime and
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> fighting swine and
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> fighting Fighting FIGHTING time
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> writing lines into your forehead
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> drilling grime into your heart!
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> Every crime a crime the same
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> from speaking out to being tame!
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> from blame Blame BLAME
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> to shame
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> for anyone who takes part in this game
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> Your years have killed your trust in people
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> turbulent silence
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> that's what you'd wish me to keep to
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> confusing peaceful defiance
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> for hate-filled violence!
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> Your years tell you this is true!
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> That being proud is the only way
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> to be red white and blue
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> who Who WHO! For Who is that true?!
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> What would we be if George Washington had listened to you?
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> And he was a violent dissenter
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> Who would we be if MLK never stood on that day?
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> or Rosa Parks never sat,
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> Those were peaceful dissenters
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> who withstood attacks
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> from the whip cracks of our law
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> who told them they were WRONG for the America that they saw!
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> And so I ask you...
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> if I was to stand in a line
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> to our countries demise is that just fine?
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> If I was to go to a job and whine and Whine
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> is that the correct way to Spend my Time!?
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> Or should I enlist in our Army?
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> and with my rifle, and its heat, shoot holes into heads in bursts of three
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> and scream THIS IS WHAT AMERICA MEANS TO ME
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> Would I have your blessing? Is that a good start?
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> Is that the only way to heal a country being torn apart?
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> What if I march?
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> What if I plan?
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> What if I plan a march to the capital
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> with a branch in my hand
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> With Americans beside me chanting our cause
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> That we don't condone unjust laws!
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> What if we sang out on that street
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> Would you order your officers
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> to arrest and to beat?
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> Would you make singing a crime
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> when we're singing a line
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> that traverses all time and enters the hearts
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> to release all the slime?
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> If we sing Hallelujah
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> would we get a fine?
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> What if we're so sick of trying
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> that we start singing James Oppenheim?
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> What would you do, officer of the law?
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> Which is the law the Law THE LAW
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> Where's the law that says that you can only sing a song!?
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> That you can't sing a poem
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> that's not what a poem is for...
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> It's all wrong, it's all wrong
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> And I will fight for what's right
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> I'll fight with my voice, because my voice is my right!
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> That's right, that's Right THAT'S RIGHT!
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> And I'll not be let down
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> By my father who's insight
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> is as good as his sight
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> Who'll tell me I'm free
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> but not ask what that means
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> Who'll tell me he's right
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> that no matter the fight
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> that it's wrong and it's wrong
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> to be standing so strong
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> with other Americans
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> who want to just sing a song
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> that's not really a song
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> but actually a poem
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> all because of the meaning of the person who wrote 'em!
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> You wish to silence me
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> You're scared of changing times
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> because times that change
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> are times with no stop sign
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> But time will march and so will I
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> in peaceful defiance for the change that's nigh
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> You scream and you SCREAM
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> Through the phone all your fears
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> without any tears
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> and your heart bleeds for my safety
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> for you wish me to be helpless safely!
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> DO NOT STAND OUT ON THAT STREET
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> You'd rather me complain and look down at my feet!
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> So you could make me into the empty you feel
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> At the nothing you do when you find that They STEAL!
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> and the lies Lies LIES reinforce the lack of trust in your eyes!
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> But I'm no hooligan, and neither are they
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> They're just Americans
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> with a dream
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> and a say
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> and for their dreams they'll try and they'll Try and they'll TRY!
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> Because loosing their life
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> is not the only way that they can die.
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