In the Web of Life

“The lamps are different, but the light is the same. “ –Rumi

Which Side Are You On?

Take the money out of politics–Overturn Citizens United
6:37 min; lyrics below

 

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?

You might be a young man, with the mountain in his step,

In search of El Dorado, but you haven’t found it yet.

Or you might be an old man, with his whole life at his back,

And you can hear eternity whispering down the track.

Or maybe you’re a woman, or just about to be.

And you can feel the generations, swimming in your sea.

But you know that it’s coming, as surely as the dawn:

The battle for the future, baby. Which side are you on?

Come on, come on, come on — if you’re coming.

Come on, come on, come on.

Come on, come on, come on — if you’re coming.
Which side are you on?

Come on, come on, come on — if you’re coming.

The battle lines are drawn.

Come on, come on, come on — if you’re coming.

Which side? Which side are you on?
Which side?


The corporations attacking

The natural world: drilling and fracking.

All done with the backing
Of the craven and corrupt.

Or the ones who fight

For the Earth, with all their might,

And in the name of all that’s right,

Confront and disrupt.
There’s a restlessness out in the street.
There’s a question in the air:


How long, if this theft goes on, will our country still be here?

People know the game is rigged, even as they play.

They see their expectations slowly slip away.

They’ve got subsidies for billionaires, there’s a bailout for the banks,

A monopoly on medicine, and a sale on armored tanks.

The whole damned country’s being sold, out that revolving door


 Between Washington and Wall Street, like it’s one big Dollar Store.

Come on, come on, come on — if you’re coming.

Come on, come on, come on.

Come on, come on, come on — if you’re coming.

Which side are you on?

Come on, come on, come on — if you’re coming.

The battle lines are drawn.

Come on, come on, come on — if you’re coming.

Which side? Which side are you on?
Which side?

The bankers and their special friends,

Who rob you time and again,

Who like to pretend they’re the only game in town?

Or The People, who

Hope, with everything they do,

They can build something new,

And turn this world around?

Who owns the elections? Who profits either way?

Who ends up with all that money [the] politicians pay?

To be the fearless leader, to put themselves across,

To be the one entrusted with the profit and the loss.

You try hard to believe that when you cast your vote it counts.

But elections are won with money, in ever larger amounts.

Take the money out of politics, and maybe we might see

This country turn back into something more like democracy.

Come on, come on, come on — if you’re coming.

Come on, come on, come on.

Come on, come on, come on — if you’re coming.

Which side are you on?

Come on, come on, come on — if you’re coming.

The battle lines are drawn.

Come on, come on, come on — if you’re coming.

Which side? Which side are you on?

– Jackson Browne, “Which Side Are You On” (2011).

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