Say La Vie said the old folks
This country used to belong to you and me
We saw a lack of Civil Rights and knew it wasn’t right
We knew about the trickle down affect, long before Ronald Regan
Especially when it came to social issues
But we didn’t sit and whine and cry
And we didn’t say please pass the tissues
Our friends back then said “It isn’t right”
But instead of saying, ‘Oh well’ we fought with all our might
The government said we were Commies, Subversives and wanted us to shut up
But we laughed, rallied in groups, took to the streets and said
‘Sorry big Gov, your lawlessness time is now up’
The government boys said we’d ‘get hurt if we kept on’
We said, “Go ahead then, fill up our cup’
They came at us with cops, tear gas, and Billie clubs
We lived through some big times
Some history enough to write a big fat hub
Did we stop because we met a cop?
No sir we kept on and stood up for what’s right
We rallied, protested from the North, South, East and West
We rallied and did our best from New York State to Kent State
When our brothers were hurting, our duties we did not keep skirting
We knew with danger we might be flirting
Our parents sighed, our parents cried
The elders said why do this?
We said because YOU taught us to care
How can we live in a world of pain we don’t share?
The old folks said, ‘well you have us There’
Just like today, we could have shied away
But when you roll over, to your kids what do you say?
You tell of a tale of being a coward and scared?
Or tell them, it wasn’t right, we had to go there?
I’d rather say I tried, stood up and never shied
Instead of being run off a cliff while for cowards No One cries
We remember heroes
When we let it go on as cowards, we are Less than zero
What should OUR children and grandchildren say?
Our parents and grandparents let scoundrels have their way?
Why they didn’t care for future generations, it’s hard to say
Will you allow it or will you save the day?
We now say the rich got rich by hard work
The rich got rich by being jerks
You want your grandchildren sent to a mine to work?
If we don’t say a word, WE are the jerks!
You want to be a follower and pushed from a cliff?
Are you afraid to be a leader because of a little riff?
Yes, stand up for your rights there will be a tiff
But standing up in America is the only way to UP LIFT
It won’t get done by simply lip service
Has this Generation ever heard of community service?
Or does a little hard work make you nervous?
So stand up for America or they will have there way just like a thief in the night
© S. Weathers 2011