24 October 2011

The Good Fight

While on YouTube a few months back I encountered a beautiful song by activist-singer Evan Greer. I couldn't find lyrics, so I transcribed them myself.





Well, I've written many songs
about the things that have gone wrong
The wars, and the killings, and the lies
This world is full of hate and there is so much at stake
We must fight for our rights and for our lives
We've gotta raise a fist for our right to exist
in a world where freedom is a lie (alive?)
Strikes they will rage, black flags we'll wave
The rich will have fear in their eyes
But when the fight is done,
The revolution won,
We'll burn the final flag and walk on.

And if we close our eyes and hold each others' hands
And if we sing boldly in the night
We will watch the sun rise through the tears in our eyes
Knowing that we fought the good fight.

Behind our black bandanas
There's a love so strong  it can't be stayed
For every living thing in every song that we can sing
Each garden and each house that we have made
We know that in the end we can count upon our friends
To have a love stronger than the state
'Cause the tear gas makes us cry, the bullets make us die
But in the end, we will push beyond that gate --
Save the world and save the trees, set our comrades free
Rejoice though the coming was so late

And if we close our eyes and hold each others' hands
And if we sing out boldly in the night
We will watch the sun rise through the tears in our eyes
Knowing that we fought the good fight.

I met an old man outside an ice-cream stand
And in an old voice, he said to me
"You are young and you are strong, and you will find where you belong --
But remember that no man is your enemy.
It's the borders and the nations and the giant corporations,
But not a single living being."
So we struggle not for chaos, but for harmony
And we would rather fight instead of die
We struggle for the dawn, whose side are you on?
You'll know when we raise our voices high.

And if we close our eyes and hold each others' hands
And if we sing boldly in the night
We will watch the sun rise through the tears in our eyes
Knowing that we fought the good fight.

4 comments:

Yuniar Fajar Perdhana said...

beautiful song...

smellincoffee said...

I'm glad you appreciate it. Evan Greer has a lot of pointed, passionate songs like this.

Yuniar Fajar Perdhana said...

Yup. I love his songs since 4 years ago after I heard "Never Surrender" album. Do you know some of his new songs? Riotfolk website seems not exist anymore

smellincoffee said...

I hadn't noticed the demise of his old album site!

http://www.evangreer.org/

You should be able to buy CDs from his official site, though. I usually find his songs through YouTube, so I don't know which ones are newest; a few of the most recent ones I've heard have been "Ya Basta!", "Hey FEMA (Leave Our Town Alone)" and "Fame". I especially like the third verse of "Hey FEMA"

The corporations will not save us
And neither will the state
We can't rely on them
It's already too late
Let's get to know our neighbors
That's what it's all about
We'll be better off together
When the oil all runs out
Strong communities (hell yeah!)
We are not alone
Strong communities (hell yeah!)
We'll take care of our own


The preceding verses are a bit more vulgar! ;)