Rubber Bullets

We are ready to fight
We are ready to fight it all.
We are ready to fight with our minds
We are ready to fight with our words
Let me ask you:
Who is going to police the police?
When they’re shooting up the streets
SHOOTING RUBBER BULLETS
We are ready to fight
FIGHT THEIR RUBBER BULLETS
We are ready to fight.

They are criminalizing protest

And the evening news shows stories of the eleven “criminals”
within a peaceful rally of five thousand voices

There is no sign of the other four thousand nine hundred and eighty nine
who lined up eager to be heard, exercising democratic choices
In fact, they are ignored by cameras who film graffiti on the corporate bank
And the caption reads: “vandals charged at protest today”
And who, may I ask, have we to thank for this “incomprehensive” news footage?

Well, it’s not just the media
because they are in bed with big business
It’s not just the government
because they are led by corporate interests
It’s just a form of three-way incest!

They are criminalizing protest
they are smirking, they are smirking
They are criminalizing protest
and it is working….

Meanwhile, back at the protest
the peaceful yet persistent majority
With their placards and peace signs and petitions for their MPs
just do not “have what it takes” to make for entertaining t.v.
Besides, why be holistic, tell the truth or be unbiased
When the tv-watching public doesn’t question and stays quiet?
And they rely on this apathy
The misinformation is the key and it further justifies forms of police brutality.
(Please don’t be quiet, please don’t be quiet)

<Chorus>

What are we to do?
What do we do about this?
What are we to do?
When the handcuffs are upon our wrists?
What are we to do?
What do we do about this?
What are we to do?
We must not stop fighting – RAISE YOUR FISTS!

And Gill Scott Heron would say:
Those in power have no fear, except for mass consumer revolt
And we agree and WE would say:
we have no fear, except mass consumer apathy

We are ready to fight
We are ready, willing, ready, willing.
We are ready to fight the powers that be
We are ready to fight musically
Let me ask you:
Who is going to police the police?
When they’re shooting up the streets
SHOOTING RUBBER BULLETS
We are ready to fight
FIGHT THEIR RUBBER BULLETS
We are ready to fight.

<Chorus>

What are we to do?
What do we do about this?
What are we to do?
When the handcuffs are upon our wrists?
What are we to do?
What do we do about this?
What are we to do?
We must not stop fighting – RAISE YOUR FISTS!We are ready to fight
We are ready to fight it all.
We are ready to fight with our minds
We are ready to fight with our words
Let me ask you:
Who is going to police the police?
When they’re shooting up the streets
SHOOTING RUBBER BULLETS
We are ready to fight
FIGHT THEIR RUBBER BULLETS
We are ready to fight.

They are criminalizing protest

And the evening news shows stories of the eleven “criminals”
within a peaceful rally of five thousand voices

There is no sign of the other four thousand nine hundred and eighty nine
who lined up eager to be heard, exercising democratic choices
In fact, they are ignored by cameras who film graffiti on the corporate bank
And the caption reads: “vandals charged at protest today”
And who, may I ask, have we to thank for this “incomprehensive” news footage?

Well, it’s not just the media
because they are in bed with big business
It’s not just the government
because they are led by corporate interests
It’s just a form of three-way incest!

They are criminalizing protest
they are smirking, they are smirking
They are criminalizing protest
and it is working….

Meanwhile, back at the protest
the peaceful yet persistent majority
With their placards and peace signs and petitions for their MPs
just do not “have what it takes” to make for entertaining t.v.
Besides, why be holistic, tell the truth or be unbiased
When the tv-watching public doesn’t question and stays quiet?
And they rely on this apathy
The misinformation is the key and it further justifies forms of police brutality.
(Please don’t be quiet, please don’t be quiet)

<Chorus>

What are we to do?
What do we do about this?
What are we to do?
When the handcuffs are upon our wrists?
What are we to do?
What do we do about this?
What are we to do?
We must not stop fighting – RAISE YOUR FISTS!

And Gill Scott Heron would say:
Those in power have no fear, except for mass consumer revolt
And we agree and WE would say:
we have no fear, except mass consumer apathy

We are ready to fight
We are ready, willing, ready, willing.
We are ready to fight the powers that be
We are ready to fight musically
Let me ask you:
Who is going to police the police?
When they’re shooting up the streets
SHOOTING RUBBER BULLETS
We are ready to fight
FIGHT THEIR RUBBER BULLETS
We are ready to fight.

<Chorus>

What are we to do?
What do we do about this?
What are we to do?
When the handcuffs are upon our wrists?
What are we to do?
What do we do about this?
What are we to do?
We must not stop fighting – RAISE YOUR FISTS!

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Stiltwalking

DISCOGRAPHY

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