Standing up


Standing Up (twobit rEMIX)
Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson
Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson
Instrumental Track: twobit

(other remixes below)

This is a song about non-violent resistance. If you are interested (or you think you know someone that might be interested) in adding your own music (or better vocals) to the mix, you can go to http://ccmixter.org/files/projectquestion/30761. When you’re done, you can email the mp3 to info (at) lonnierayatkinson (dot) com.

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Lyrics:
it’s time, it’s time, to hold up more than a sign
- I ain’t no pacifist
but I got a peace sign and a fist
up in the air for non-violent resistance
they call us terrorists
when a company’s losing profits
from our exercise of civil disobedience
- I ain’t no masochist
but I’m ready to suffer
if it means less suffering in the long run
you call the bulls out
we’ll turn the cameras on
and let the world see which one is the strong one

you make them criminalize you / standing up for justice / standing up for justice
show the world your crime / standing up for justice / standing up for justice
and when they call your name / standing up for justice / standing up for justice
make sure the world sees your crime / standing up for justice / standing up for justice

- because the powers won’t do it, politicians won’t do it
it takes people in the streets
every step forward has been kicking and screaming
it takes people in the streets
it was forced not given, forced not given
it takes people in the streets
forced through voices, actions, sacrifice
it takes people in the streets

it’s time, it’s time, to hold up more than a sign
- clog the streets / bring the heat /
block the bureaucracy / it’s your democracy
link your arms, dead weight, make them drag you to your cell
if ain’t no justice out here, then we’ll be righteous in jail

you make them criminalize you / standing up for justice / standing up for justice
show the world your crime / standing up for justice / standing up for justice
and when they call your name / standing up for justice / standing up for justice
make sure the world sees your crime / standing up for justice / standing up for justice

- because the powers won’t do it, politicians won’t do it
it takes people in the streets
every step forward has been kicking and screaming
it takes people in the streets
i said it was forced not given, forced not given
it takes people in the streets
forced through voices, forced through actions, forced through sacrifice
it takes people in the streets

have you signed your name to the street
well then repeat brothers and sisters repeat
- i aint no pacifist
but i got a peace sign and a fist
up in the air for non-violent resistance
they call us terrorists
when a company’s losing profits
from our exercise of civil disobedience
- i aint no masochist
but i’m ready to suffer
if it means less suffering in the long run
you call the bulls out
we’ll turn the cameras on
and let the world see which one is the strong one

you make them criminalize you / standing up for justice / standing up for justice
show the world your crime / standing up for justice / standing up for justice
and when they call your name / standing up for justice / standing up for justice
make sure the world sees your crime / standing up for justice / standing up for justice

what do they want: order
what do we want: justice
what do they want: order
what do we want: justice
what will we accept: nothing less than justice

 


Standing up (Hans Atom remix)
Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson
Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson
Instrumental Track: ccMixter artist Hans Atom (http://ccmixter.org/files/hansatom/34771)

“Standing up” by Lonnie Ray Atkinson is licensed under a Creative Commons License