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After publishing the “We Will Rise Together” video about the Berkeley event I got feedback from several people that the chorus was so universal, they’d love to hear a new version as well. So here it is, hope you like it! If you look for the last one, it’s now called “We Will Rise Together: Berkeley”.

WE WILL RISE TOGETHER (Hali Hammer)
We will rise together, we’ll be wise together
We will watch the winter turn into the spring together
We’ll hold hands together, we will band together
We’ll breathe in and out as one and we will rise, rise, rise
Our hearts will pound as one and we will rise, rise, rise

Millions rose upon their feet as they marched into the street
To stir their souls and make their voices heard
In our cities large and small, young and old answer the call
To show the world the best side of America.
(CHORUS)

We must not yield to fear, we must keep our message clear
We must rise above the darkness to where our love lights beam
– We must protect the rights of all within our sight
Remember most of us are here because an immigrant had a dream
(CHORUS)

Now all across the country, folks are talking to each other
As we share the need for caring so that we can carry on
We never will give in, so collectively we’ll win
For the darkest night becomes the new light of a breaking dawn

We will rise together, we’ll be wise together
We will watch the winter turn into the spring together
We’ll hold hands together, we will band together
We’ll breathe in and out as one and we will rise, rise, rise
Our hearts will pound as one and we will rise, rise, rise


WE WILL RISE TOGETHER: BERKELEY (Hali Hammer)
We will rise together, we’ll be wise together
We will watch the winter turn into the spring together
We’ll hold hands together, we will band together
We’ll breathe in and out as one and we will rise, rise, rise
Our hearts will pound as one and we will rise, rise, rise

Hundreds rose while it was dark to meet in Civic Center Park
To soothe their souls and quell collective fears
As the sky grew light above we shared food and sighs and hugs
In the Greatest Little City in America (CHORUS)

We met with our compatriots to listen to the speakers
Talk of climbing from the darkness to where our love lights beam
We joined hands and circled round and we made a joyous sound
As we formed a human peace sign, spanning the entire green
(CHORUS)

So then we reassembled, with hope for Berkeley’s future
And we shared the need for caring so that we could carry on
When Gary took the stage 300 sang along
The song was Leonard Cohen’s, the new words were his own
And when the chorus came around, the crowd rang out as one:
“Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelu-u”

We will rise together, we’ll be wise together
We will watch the winter turn into the spring together
We’ll hold hands together, we will band together
We’ll breathe in and out as one and we will rise, rise, rise
Our hearts will pound as one and we will rise, rise, rise

ReSisters sing Bernard Gilbert’s “The Candidate’s Song”


I’m Not Gone – for Jon Fromer (Hali Hammer)
When you’re worn out from the marches,
from the pace you’ve kept so long
All the steps that you have taken – still the road goes on & on
Sing and play to lift the spirit – Pour your soul into the song
I will be there singing with you –
I’m not gone, no I’m not gone

When the workers get so weary standing on the picket line
When they need a song to cheer them and to help them pass the time
Sing as one to honor labor, sing for strength to carry on
I will be there singing with you –
I’m not gone, no I’m not gone

– When you play a song with passion
– When you sing one from the heart
– When you spur folks into action
– When you do more than your part
– When you work for peace and justice
– When you dare to take a stand
– When you join hands for a union
I’ll be there upon the wind

When you can’t escape the feeling that you have to do what’s right
That the world, it needs our healing
That the world, it needs our light
When you have to go the distance
When you have to right those wrongs
I will be there singing with you –
I’m not gone, no I’m not gone
I’m not gone, no I’m not gone – I’m not gone, no I’m not gone

 

On April 22, 2012, people gathered all across the nation (plus groups in Spain, Costa Rica, and Kazakhstan) to sing Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land in the same key (D) and at the same time (noon Pacific, 1 pm Mountain, 2 pm Central, 3 pm Eastern). Hali Hammer created and organized the project, and received 32 videos for the montage you see here. For full performances of the groups and other information and background about Sing Out for Earth Day, visit this link on the Occupella website: http://www.occupella.org/drupal/?q=sing-out-for-earth-day-videos July 14th was the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s birth. Read THE STORY OF SING OUT FOR EARTH DAY by Hali Hammer


Fight the Status Quo

(Tune: Let My People Go, new words by Hali Hammer)

When Egypt was Mubarek’s land (fight the status quo)
Oppressed ones took the upper hand (fight the status quo)

Step up, fight back, stay strong and make a stand
Time to take command (fight the status quo)

The Arab Spring spread far and wide (fight the status quo)
As demonstrations swelled in size (fight the status quo) — Chorus

When Walker undermined their rights (fight the status quo)
Wisconsin workers won the fight (fight the status quo) Chorus

News spread by e-mail, facebook, tweet (fight the status quo)
As people gathered in the street (fight the status quo) Chorus

We work for rights, for what is fair (fight the status quo)
At Occupations everywhere (fight the status quo) Chorus

So now change comes before our eyes (fight the status quo)
This happens when we organize! (fight the status quo) Chorus


I Refuse to Believe

(words & music by Hali Hammer)

I refuse to believe that the light which we share is dimming
I refuse to believe that the good which we do will fail
I refuse to believe that the righteous will be defeated
Or our vitality be depleted – I refuse to believe

I refuse to believe that our strides are inconsequential
I refuse to believe that our energies will be drained
I refuse to believe even in our bleakest moment
That our force is less than potent – I refuse to believe

For I believe we are connected to a universal power
That cannot be held back for very long
And even when the forces of darkness are all around us
We will prevail if we don’t curtail our song

I refuse to believe that the light which we share is dimming
I refuse to believe that the good which we do will fail
I refuse to believe that the righteous will be defeated
Or our vitality be depleted – I refuse to believe (Instrumental)

‘Cause I believe that we are rising with others who are surmising
That caring and compassion are the key
And we are large in numbers
And we are strong in spirit
And we will not betray our humanity

I refuse to believe that our strides are inconsequential
I refuse to believe that our energies will be drained
I refuse to believe even in our bleakest moment
That our force is less than potent – I refuse to believe
I refuse to believe, I refuse to believe – I refuse to believe


Interesting Times

(words and music by Hali Hammer)

The banks have been bailed out thanks to politician’s clout
While foreclosures grow and folks can’t pay their rent
The class that’s in the middle is playing second fiddle
To the wealthiest, who are the 1%
We’ve seen the Arab Spring and the overthrow of kings
Wisconsin rallies weren’t far behind
Now we are on our feet as we Occupy Wall Street
We are living in interesting times

We’re living in interesting times, We’re living in interesting times
Some say it is a curse but we could change the universe
Cause we’re living in interesting times

A fiscal surplus had us confident when Clinton left as president
Eight years of Bush and that went down the drain
Yes, we had some cash before we waged interminable war
And the deficit became our ball and chain
With this broken infrastructure something’s bound to rupture
Are we modern Rome in our decline?
But rather than concede defeat we take it to the street
We are living in interesting times (Chorus)

Unemployment everywhere, corporations just don’t care
They’ve moved most of the factories overseas
As the job market has flown, rising debts from student loans
Have graduates upset and ill at ease
CEOs work to figure out how to dismantle union clout
But some day there will be payback for their crimes
Cause 99%, you see, is an extreme majority
We want democracy, and that’s the bottom line!

The Mayan Prophesy is not a death decree
Omens point to moving forward toward the light
But we need collective strength to effect a global change
Then we’ll truly live in interesting times (Chorus)

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