It Isn’t Nice

Sången finns med noter i Malvina Reynolds‘ sångbok ”The Mouse of Parker Street” (Oak Publications, 1967).

Den finns insjungen av henne själv på ”Ear To the Ground” (SFW40124) från 2000.

It Isn’t Nice” är också mycket fint insjungen av Judy Collins på ”Judy Collins’ 5th” (Electra EKL-300/EKS-7300).

It Isn’t Nice

Text och musik: Malvina Reynolds, 1964

It isn’t nice to carry banners
Or to sleep in on the floor,
Or to shout our cry of Freedom
At the hotel and the store,
It isn’t nice, it isn’t nice,
You told us once, you told us twice,
But if that is Freedom’s price,
We don’t mind.

Well, we’ve tried negotiations
And the three-man picket line,
Mr. Charlie didn’t see us
And he might as well be blind,
Now our new ways aren’t nice
When we deal with men of ice,
But if that is Freedom’s price,
We don’t mind.

How about those years of lynchings
And the shot in Evers’ back?
Did you say it wasn’t proper,
Did you stand upon the track?
You were quiet just like mice,
Now you say we aren’t nice,
And if that is Freedom’s price,
We don’t mind.

It isn’t nice to block the doorway,
It isn’t nice to go to jail,
There are nicer ways to do it
But the nice ways always fail,
It isn’t nice, it isn’t nice,
But thanks for your advice,
Cause if that is Freedom’s price,
We don’t mind.

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