Angelica Patridaice Major (omgangiepants) wrote in lyricalactivism,
Angelica Patridaice Major
omgangiepants
lyricalactivism

As I was sorting my mp3s I stumbled upon a few gems from Anti-Flag. I forgot how much I love these songs.


It's in the paper every day
I see it in the headlines and I feel so sick
As another life leaves this world so full of hate
But short, short on compassion
Short on humanity
Asking myself in vain, shaken by the shock
"Do we even have a chance?"

I don't wanna die
(I don't wanna kill)
I don't wanna kill
(I don't wanna die)
We are all human
It's time to prove it

This is a plea for peace, world peace
To the oppressors of the world and to
To the leaders of nations, corporate profit takers
To the everday citizen
Greed, envy, fear, hate - the competition has to stop
When you see someone down, now's the time to pick them up
Set our differences aside and never look back, no

I don't wanna die
(I don't wanna kill)
I don't wanna kill
(I don't wanna die)
We are all human
It's time to prove it

Isn't everybody tired of the fighting?
Isn't everybody tired of the killing?
Isn't everybody tired of the dying?
Isn't everybody tired of the hatred?
Violence... fighting... killing... dying...

[excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech]
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow
I still have a dream we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children
Black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics
Will be able to join hands and sing "Free at last, free at last.
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."

I don't wanna die
(I don't wanna kill)
I don't wanna kill
(I don't wanna die)
We are all human
It's time to prove it

We are all human
It's time to prove it
We are all human...


If I had a lighter in hand
With some oily rags
Is that what it'd take
To wake you from your sleep?
Woke up from your American dreams
To be surrounded
Surrounded in flames

You've got to scream
To make your voice heard
And I won't stop screaming
Until mine is heard
Wake up
Wake up
To the world around you
Wake up
Wake up

And if we blocked the streets
Everyday
Face down on the pavement
As we lay
You're angered
That you're five minutes late
What happens next time
When we will stop you all day?
Yeah, next time
When we will stop you all day?

You've got to scream
To make your voice heard
And I won't stop screaming
Until mine is heard
Wake up
Wake up
To the world around you

It's the same song, sung
Sung at the top of our lungs
Screaming for freedom
Pleading for liberty
Freedom


10 easy steps to create an enemy and start a war. Listen closely, because we will all see this weapon used in our lives. It can be used on a society of the most ignorant to the most highly educated. We need to see their tactics as a weapon against humanity and not as truth.

First step: Create the enemy. Sometimes this will be done for you.

Second step: be sure the enemy you have chosen is nothing like you. Find obvious differences like race, language, religion, dietary habits, fashion. Emphasize that their soldiers are not doing a job, they are heartless murderers who enjoy killing.

Third step: Once these differences are established, continue to reinforce them with all disseminated information.

Fourth step: Have the media broadcast only the ruling party's information. this can be done through state run media. Remember, in times of conflict all for-profit media repeats the ruling party's information, therefore all for-profit media becomes state-run.

Fifth step: show this enemy in actions that seem strange, militant, or different. Always portray the enemy as non-human, evil, a killing machine.

This is how to create an enemy.
This is how to start a war.
This is how to create an enemy.

Sixth step: Eliminate opposition to the ruling party. Create an "Us versus Them" mentality. Leave no room for opinions in between. One that does not support all actions of the ruling party should be considered a traitor.

Seventh step: Use nationalistic and/or religious symbols and rhetoric to define all actions. This can be achieved by slogans such as "freedom loving people versus those who hate freedom." This can also be achieved by the use of flags.

Eighth step: Align all actions with the dominant deity. It is very effective to use terms like, "It is God's will" or "God bless our nation."

Ninth step: Design propaganda to show that your soldiers have feelings, hopes, families, and loved ones. Make it clear that your soldiers are doing a duty; they do not want or like to kill.

Tenth step: Create and atmosphere of fear and instability and then offer the ruling party as the only solutions to comfort the public's fears, remembering the fear of the unknown is always the strongest fear.

We are not countries. We are not nations. We are not religions. We are not gods. We are not weapons. We are not ammunition. We are not killers. We will NOT be tools.

Motherfuckers, I will not die. I will not kill.I will not be your slave. I will not fight your battle. I will not die on your battlefield. I will not fight for your wealth. I am not a fighter. I am a human being.
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