Which Side Are You On? (Ani DiFranco)

På CDn ”Which Side Are You On?” (Righteous Babe RBR073-D, 2012, distribution Border) har Ani DiFranco sjungit in Florence Reeces klassiker ”Which Side Are You On?” från 1931 med ny, egen text:

Which Side Are You On?

Ny text: Ani DiFranco, 2012
Ursprunglig amerikansk text: Florence Reece, 1931
Musik: Traditionell engelsk sång (”Jackaroo” / ”Jack Munro” / ”Jack Went A-Sailing” med flera) i bearbetning

They stole a few elections,
still we the people won.
We voted out corruption
and big corporations,
we voted for an end to war
and new direction,
and we ain’t gonna stop now
until our job is done

Come on all good workers,
this year is our time!
Now there’s folks in Washington
that care what’s on our minds
Come one, come all voters!
Let’s all vote next time,
show ‘em which side are you on now,
which side are you on?

Which side are you on now,
which side are you on?
which side are you on now,
which side are you on?

Thirty years of digging
got us in this hole,
the curse of reaganomics
has finally taken its toll
Lord knows the free market
is anything but free,
it costs dearly to the planet
and the likes of you and me

I don’t need no money lenders
suckin’ on my tit!
A little socialism
don’t scare me one bit!
We could do a whole lot worse
than Europe or Canada.
Come on Mr. President,
come on Congress, make the law!

Which side are you on now,
which side are you on?
Which side are you on now,
which side are you on?

They say in Orleans Parish
there are no neutrals there,
there’s just too much misery,
there’s too much despair.
America, who are we,
now our innocence is gone?
Forgive us, Mother Africa,
history’s done you wrong.

Too many stories written
out in black and white,
come on people of privilege,
it’s time to join the fight
Are we living in the shadow of slavery
or are we moving on?
Tell me which side are you on now,
which side are you on?

which side are you on now,
which side are you on?
Which side are you on now,
which side are you on?

My mother was a feminist,
she taught me to see
that the road to ruin is paved
with patriarchy
So, let the way of the women
guide democracy
from plunder and pollution
let Mother Earth be free

Feminism ain’t about women,
that’s not who it is for,
it’s about a shifting consciousness
that will bring an end to war.
So listen up you fathers,
listen up you sons,
and tell me which side are you on now,
which side are you on?

Which side are you on now.
which side are you on?
which side are you on now,
which side are you on?

So are we just consumers
or are we citizens,
are we gonna make more garbage
or are we going to make amends?
Are you part of the solution
or are you part of the con?
Tell me, which side are you on now,
which side are you on?

De bästa insjungningarna av Florence Reeces originaltext har gjorts av Pete Seeger. Nu har han ställt upp med backing voice plus banjo i Ani DiFrancos nyinspelning och har dessutom med sig kören The Riverton Kids, som han tidigare har sjungit ihop med.

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