Lyrics

1. Reach for the Sun
2. Impatience
3. Leave It!
4. Vou Embora
5. Camilo
6. Stone Soup
7. More Than One Song
8. Seeds from Fire
9. Detenciones No Más (No More Detentions)
10. Fight Right Now / La Co-op
11. One Last Tear
12. Red & Black
13. Anglo Imperialism
14. For Real
15. Je M’en Vais
16. Floating Heart
17. Dew or Rain
18. Solid Economy
19. 21st Century Romance
Bonus Tracks:
1. No Limit Listen to / download the WAV version here (33mb): | Or the MP3 version here (3mb)
2. To Be Listen to / download the MP3 (2.9mb) here:

1. Reach for the Sun


Inspired by a combination of experiences in dozens of social movements, most recently in the Black Lives Matter movement for racial justice. FutureFocusMedia.org
Song / Guitar / Clarinet: Matt Feinstein

Is this what it feels like to win?

One hundred thousand in the streets
We sing along to bucket drum beats
When tear gas comes the vinegar’s shared
We hold our banners in the air

Our voices loud, our messages clear
Those in power have something to fear
But when the day is said and done
How do we know that we’ve, how do we know that we’ve won?

Is this what it feels like to win?

Sometimes we seem so small and weak
Then the young people step up and speak
Our fight has struck a chord or two
We pledge to see the whole thing through

Traction’s gained, two steps ahead
Our hunger for justice begins to be fed
We got to the moon, now we reach for the sun
How do we know that we’ve, how do we know that we’ve won?

Is this what it feels like to win?

This is what it feels like to win!

Drop D tuning
Gm (barred) Cm (barred)
Gm Cm A7 Gm

2. Impatience


The challenge is to both have no patience with injustice and exploitative insurance companies but simultaneously learn patience for the long road towards liberation. 5 years of working every day to rebuild Stone Soup tought me a little something about this. http://StoneSoupWorcester.org

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein
Speaker: Asa Needle
 

Impatience is a virtue A – – –

If used to shake injustice D – E –

Patience is a value A – – D

We build up over time E – – A

 

We made it through the fire A – D A

We paid ten times with time A – E A

We fought for what they owed us A – D A

They thought we’d take the dime A – E A

 

They may have top floor offices

They wait, time’s on their side

Laws written by and for them

Power smitten and full of pride

 

Chorus

 

Temp us to take the easy road

Patch a truss and just move on

But we’re rooted deep in principles

If they’re polluted, all is gone

 

We pledge to stick together

Each wedge we can defend

Too solid to divide us

We’re all in ’till the end

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3. Leave It!


Beyond coal, hydraulic fracking, tar sands and for people power and life. Performed live at the November 2012 premier of the documentary Agrofuels: Starving People, Fueling Greed in Worcester, MA.

http://ciclovida.org

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein

 

V:

Am – C Am / Am – Em Am /

Am – – – / C Em E7 Am /

 

Ch: |: Am – – – / Am E – Am / : |

 

B: F G C Am / G Em Csus Am /

 

Takin’ it back to the coal miners

Worked to the bone, last no more than thirty-one

 

Now and then we see the whole valley

Wiped out with a slurry, bosses cover it up in a hurry

 

Burn it up and the air is filthy

Try not to breath it in, but half a million won’t breath again

 

Clean coal from the mouth of the liar

He sweeps it under the rug, can’t climb out of the hole he dug

 

Leave the coal in the hole

The gas stock in the rock

The oil in the soil

And the tar sand in the land

 

Black gold makes the man go crazy

Occupy, drill, then let the oil tanker spill

 

Making billions of the carbon pollution

Exxon, shell, BP, my credits I’ll trade and buy back from me

 

Then pay off the politicians

Tax cuts, subsidies, pockets of richest companies

 

Go to war for control and oil

Prop up our regime, cheap barrels of american dream

 

Chorus

 

Watch out for the tricks of the salesman

Cash knocks on your door, a long-term mess is what’s in store

 

What a crazy fracking idea

Drill deep in the rock, speeding up the climate’s clock

 

Fairytales of safe hydro fracking

Toxic sludge catheter, spills into the aquifer

 

Then light tap water on fire

‘Cause once you frack, there ain’t no way you’re going back

 

B1: Drilling, fracking, spilling, killing F G C Am / G Em Csus Am /

 

Open pits of death and destruction

Want climate change earliest, try tar sands the dirtiest

Is it worth our forests and rivers?

Dig your mess into the truck, corporate fools have run amok

Keystone XL pipeline

A fat cat kind of theft, land grabs to the right and left

Yes we can stop the pipeline

People rose to show, pipeline “no” tar sands “no”

B2: Drilling, piping, spilling, killing F G C Am / G Em Csus Am /

All power to all the people

Find out where they crack, open it up and take it back

New ways to get around the city

Veg oil waste for us, we walk and bike and ride the bus

Look up to sun for power

We can make the channels, to own our own collective panels

Build from earth and straw and plaster

Autonomous villages, above the grid that pillages

B3: Dancing, farming, singing, living F G C Am / G Em Csus Amajor /

 
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4. Vou Embora


How do we really get out of this system collectively, taking down oppression on the way out, and not just fighting in a way that strengthens their grip on us?
http://Ciclovida.org

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein
Speakers: Ivânia Cavalcante de Alencar, Manoel Inácio Nascimento and a Zapatista.
 

Intro: E – / A – / E – / B7 –

 

Pedalamos mais forte E –

Cadê o chão A –

Nadamos em frente E –

Contracorrente A – / / E / /

 

Usar as ferramentas

Do patrão

E depender por centos

Centenas de anos

 

Ch

Vou embora E – / A – / E – / A –

Vamos embora

Vou embora

Vamos embora

Vou embora E – /

Deste sistema A – / / B7 –

 

Cair da rede

Da um medão

E isso impede

Agradecer o chão

 

Sozinho não pode

Na isolação

So nas comunidades

Com a revolução

Ch / Br:

Na saída, vamos desmantelando

Na saída, desmontando racismo

Na saída, desmontando classismo

Na saída, desconstruindo sexismo

Vamos embora pessoal

 

 
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5. Camilo


A true story of a kid who did not fit into compulsory school in rural Brazil.

http://ciclovida.org

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein

 

C – F C / F – G C / chorus: F – G C / F – C – / F – G C / F G C – /

This true story’s about my friend Camilo

Only 10 years old, but boy all that he knows

In Northern Brazil home schooling is illegal

They said he had to go to school where they make numbers out of people

 

Up to that point in his life he had a libertory education

His parents fostered his creativity and imagination

But the city brought him to the classroom, an authoritarian situation

Where they taught him about coercion and creation

 

For an activity one day he was given a piece of paper

They said “Draw an Easter egg and put all you want inside her”

Camilo said, “Sorry, I don’t believe in your Easter”

He called their eggs classist and they called him a trouble-maker

 

Chorus: He said, “I won’t draw your eggs today

I won’t draw your egg today

‘Cause I’m resisting your compulsory school of yesterday

Yes, I won’t draw your egg today.”

 

The teacher pulled him aside and said you’d better listen to me Camilo

You may be named after a revolutionary, but you’ve got to listen to me now

So, draw that egg and I’ll be back in a half an hour

He though, have they left me no more choices, have they taken all my power?

 

And he thought for a really long time about the freedom of his educational experience back in the worker-occupied farm – back in the village where he had the individual attention of his parents, the woods, the farm, the lake – where he had a say in how he spent his day, now stuck in an institution that did not challenge him nor teach him of his indigenous ancestors’ history… but looking down at the blank sheet of paper he knew he had to draw something, so he told himself…

 

Well, I’ll draw that egg, but I draw it my way

I’ll draw myself, the egg, and what I think about this stupid holiday

And when the teacher came back to see if he had drawn it [gasp]

She saw a big crushed egg and little boy pissing on it

 

And he said, “I will piss on your egg today

I will, I’ll piss on your egg today

Cause I’m resisting your school system of yesterday

Yes, I’ll piss on your egg today

 

Well, the teacher pulled him in front of the classroom, full peer humiliation

They laughed in his face and said “you’re bound for damnation”

Camilo, then, retracted his resistance

He was saving up his strength and persistence

 

But I can see the day when Camilo’s reached his limit

I can see the movement now with one million Camilos in it

They’ve had enough of this authoritarian system

They’ve risen up and for the rest of their lives, they’re resisting

 

And they’re saying “We’ll link up and build free schools today

We’ll link up and build free schools today

‘Cause we’re resisting your whole school system of yesterday

Yes, we’ll link up and build free schools today

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6. Stone Soup


After decades of activists and artists in Worcester losing their spaces to greedy landlords, precarious rental situations, and gentrification, a collective came together to establish a permanent space for organizing. Stone Soup is a movement building space in Worcester, MA where over a dozen grassroots groups share space, cross pollinate, and work together for social justice.
http://stonesoupworcester.org

 

Song and guitar by Matt Feinstein, vocals Lucelia de Jesus and Matt.

 

There’s no food to be found anywhere around

Go try your luck in some other town

This city has no drive or creativity

You boat rockers go try some bigger city

 

I have all I need here, this empty pot

Just need to light a fire in this central spot

We have all we need here, these empty walls

We’ll rebuild it together so it never falls

 

Chorus:

Throw a stone into the pot

A tasty meal is what we’ve got

___

Bring what you can though it may not be much

Each one their ideas, each one their own touch

Cooking up a better Worcester, let’s stir this shit up

 

 

Oh, but a bit of salt would be a delight

Now an onion and carrot would make it just right

Some can put on a show, some can drive in a nail

We ask as we walk and we’ll find our own trail

 

Dozens of people came out to the square

Bearing hope and each part of the soup they could spare

Our bike shop, our Free School, our cooperative store

We’ll share what we have and we’ll all have much more

 

Chorus

 

Not a full meal had they eaten since fall

But that day a feast was had by them all

No more landlords who raise rent or tell us to leave

This time the space will be ours from basement to eave

 

Neighbors with neighbors, the hoarding had ceased

From a stone in a pot to a wonderful feast

A movement is growing and you can be part

From an empty walled building, revolution we’ll start

 

Chorus

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7. More Than One Song


Mixed heritage liberation looks different for everyone, but this song weaves together some shared experiences as well as my story as the son of a working class jew and a rebellious owning class WASP. Even people who sing more than one song can find clear self-identities even if it means relating to more than one culture.

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein

 

D – A – / A – D /

Makes you feel like

Like you don’t belong

 

We’re from more than one place

We sing more than one song

 

To fertile ground

Moves the walking palm

D – G – / G – / A – / /

Jew side bronx and co-op harmony

And work through school, bring dreams to fruition

 

Wasps side buzzed big and fast a free

Shaking up the status quo took a younger generation

 

Jew side learned to check for the union bug

Wasp side saying union was sedition

 

Wasps swept our slaveholding past under the rug

Jews Yidish lost, not food or tradition

 

Makes you feel like

Like you don’t belong

 

We’re from more than one place

We sing more than one song

 

Desert tree seed

Roots fast to hang on

 

Adapt to the whens and hows of where we are

Fight to understand the fears we will conquer

 

We could end up on the banks of near or far

And still have all the yearning to wander

 

Not like chameleons who just change skin

We’ll adapt here but assimilate no longer

 

We do not lose our self just to fit in

Our sense of who we are, it gets stronger

 

Makes you feel like

Like you don’t belong

 

We’re from more than one place

We sing more than one song

 

Rivers forge new paths

They’re bound to flow on

 

Attitudes tell us time after time

We’re nothing if not this or fully that

 

We claim either or both anytime

We are how we feel not what they look at

 

Call us mixed up, shkutz or hooligan

But who’s not mixed in one way we must ponder

 

To find our true selves we look within

Our sense of who we are, it gets stronger

 

Bridge:

 

G A D – / /

E – A / /

 

From more than one place

We sing more than one song 4x

 

 
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8. Seeds from Fire


The Stone Soup Community Center suffered a major electrical fire in March of 2009. Many said the building needed to be demolished. Others said there was no way for the grassroots groups to raise enough to rebuild the architecturally significant building. But the dedicated members knew that some pines trees only release their true potential after a major fire.

http://StoneSoupWorcester.org

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein

 

Drop D tuning

 

Dm – – – / Dm – Gm – /

Gm – Dm – / A7 – – – /

 

Chorus:

Gm – Dm – / Gm – Dm – /

Gm – Dm – / A7 – – – /

Gm – Dm – / Gm – Dm – /

Gm – Dm – / Am – – – /

Last Am barred 5th fret

 

For two years we have been swaying

With strong winds from every side

On her branches we’ve been perching

Raucous chirping all inside

 

Cozy homes we have been building

As her roots deeper down they grow Neighbors of every feather flying

Many we have yet to know

 

Chorus:

The fire can only injure her

No she won’t be taken down today

She may have taken quite a beating

But the great pine is here to stay

 

 

Concrete shows no signs of fertility

Her seeds will surely here not grow

Only after a great big fiery blaze

Of her seeds will she ever let go

 

We chirp of change and consciousness

We sing that one day all will be free

We hear each bird’s call as powerful

We paint tomorrow’s society

 

Chorus

 

Three alarms spark up late that night

Flames reach up into the sky

Smoke chokes us out and water nearly drowns us

Singed to make the full moon cry

 

No great phoenix will arise from the ashes

No grand savior from way up high

But each pinecone knows to open up

With seeds in beaks off we’ll fly

 

Spoken:

And that first night murals are painted

By gifted hands, rattle, pshht, rattle

And in bright colors that pour out with defiance we see:

Our dreams cannot be burnt to the ground

Out of these ashes comes life

 
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9. Detenciones No Más (No More Detentions)


March 6th, 2007 a massive raid was carried out by ICE agents on the Michael Bianco factory in New Bedford, MA arresting over 350 workers. A delegation from the group Maya K’iche who organized with the families affected by this raid came to share their stories and sing with Matt on the stage at the Mayday rally in Worcester, MA (May 1st, 2007).

http://worcesterimmigrantcoalition.org

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein

 

Drop D tuning

Dm Gm

A A7 Dm

 

Dm A7

Dm A7

F C

A7 Dm

 

C Dm

 

Early Tuesday morning

At the Michael Bianco plant

Voces y gritos

Y desesperación

 

Quinientos agentes

ICE surround us like cattle

La migra con armas

por todos lados

No somos ganados, somos madres,

padres, hermanas, e hijas

We’re mothers, not cattle

We’re workers, not criminals

Madres

Trabajadores

 

Stop the detentions

Detenciones no más!

 

War in my country

Brought us here to New Bedford

War in New Bedford

Tore my family apart

 

Guerra en mi paíz

Refugiados en New Bedford

Guerra aquí

Rompió mi familia en dos

 

No somos criminals, somos madres,

Padres, hermanas, y hijas

We’re mothers, not cattle

We’re workers, not criminals

Madres

Trabajadores

 

Stop the detentions

Detenciones no más!

 

Listen closely to the cries

Of my 3 month old daughter

Enferma sin leche

Life is nothing without her

 

Pero la gente se junta

Organizando y luchando

The suits talk of crisis

But the people come through

 

No somos criminals, somos madres,

Padres, hermanas, y hijas

We’re mothers, not cattle

We’re workers, not criminals

Madres

Trabajadores

 

And together we say…

Stop the detentions

¡Detenciones no más

Miedo no más

La migra no más

Fronteras no más

Detenciones no más

Detenciones no más

Detenciones no más!

 
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10. Fight Right Now / La Co-op (live)


The non-profit industrial complex could be the doom of social movements if we don’t see through the hypocracy and take action.

http://www.incite-national.org

Cooperativas – we’re all sailors, no captains, no bosses.

http://WorcesterRoots.org

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein

 

Verse: Gm F

Chorus: C F G sus (add C on B string)

Bridge: C G x3 into chorus

 

Budgets, indicators

Target marginal populations

Culturally competent shit (spit)

 

Dependent on the service

Kept away from confrontations

Greening not replacing it

 

Overdraft your non-deductibles

Pro-rate your uninsurables

It’s politics, a policy limit

 

Procedure stipulations

Performance permutations

Report them, now make them fit

 

 

Chorus:

We can’t take it any more

We’re going to fight right now

 

Distraction from the action

In cahoots with the suits

Old white boys in new white tees

 

Haul the cash and accrue all

Gatekeepers losers weepers

Feel-good thin diversities

 

Civil society sobriety

Empowerment’s a sour mint

Down our throats, cough, wheeze

 

Who says that changes come with patience

Sit and wait for your fate

He who only looks within, sees

 

Bridge:

What are we waiting for?

Chorus:

We’re going to fight right now

It’s time to turn the tables

Jump up, unplug the cables

Soon the system’s gonna crack

 

The cat tales we’ll stop chasing

More than charters we’ll be changing

They can fight us but no longer distract

 

Strategize for action

Then make a quick reflection

Adjust, again it’s time to act

 

Collectivize our power

Not the man of the hour

Now the people take the power back

 

It’s time people took the power back

 

Chorus

We’re going to fight right now

[win]

[kiss]

[rock]

[strike]

 

Para formar la co-op

Para formar la co-op

Se nececita echar el patrón al carajo

Echar el patrón al carajo

Para mi, para ti, ay arriba ay arriba

Ay arriba ay arriba por ti seré y por mi seré y por ti seré

 

Co-operativa 3x

 

Todos somos marineros

Todos somos marineros

No hay capitán, no hay capitán, no hay capitán

 

 
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11. One Last Tear


9/13/05 R.I.P. Daylin O’Madigan and so many others murdered by racism, poverty, and failed education systems.

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein

 

F C Dm Em / F C G – /

 

Chorus:

Daylin’s face on the wall

One last tear we’ll let fall

 

Turn off your TV and your radio

Open your doors for a new life

You are kings and queens you are gold

As Ron spoke these words his family cried

 

Chorus

 

He saw in society what is wrong

His energy lit up any room

Saw how the neighborhood could be strong

He planted a flower, now let it bloom

 

Chorus

 

Let us take over where he left

Find the justice he desired

Not one more life with anyone theft

Not one more vigil will be required

 

Chorus

 
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12. Red & Black


A love story between a communist and an anarchist. Yes it is possible.

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein

 

F G A – / / / ED A /

Chorus: C D A – / C D A – /

 

Turning trees into skyscrapers

Turning bogs to oil spills

Turning seeds into markets

Building fences and moving the mills

 

Threat as old as generations

that day still stood imminent

But love has its way with timing

hearts found joy as they stood vigilant

 

And their bond was fast, their bond is strong (repeat)

 

Bounding in the red fox shimmered

passion, speed, and brilliance

Then leaped in the black squirrel dancing

with quick feet yet defiant in stance

 

Red and black rarely join say the stories

if they do it’s for just a short fight

But with common purpose, defiance

their hearts knew the time to unite

 

And their bond was fast, their bond is strong (repeat)

 

Fear had kept alliances timid

but stars and seasons aligned

Arm in arm they took down the fences

planted seeds of hope undefined

 

Inspired by actions and vision

others will stand up and join in

Fox and squirrel and many will stumble

but together in struggle they’ll win

 

And their bond was fast, their bond is strong (repeat)

 
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13. Anglo Imperialism


Linguistic infiltration of a culture can be a major road in for other aspects of cultural imposition, dominance, death of customs and knowledge, etc.

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein

 

v: A – D – / A – E E7 / A – D – / E E7 A – /

ch: D – A – / E – E7 – / D – A – / E E7 A /

 

In the Americas English dominates business

But for us that’s not a surprise

Para sobrevivir en “marketing”

Take the English word and improvise

 

But where the more subtle control happens

Is in a young person’s mind

No hay nada mejor que MTV

Nothing like TV makes us blind

 

Chorus:

The imposition of English

May not look like the villain

But first we come for your culture

Then we come for your children

 

For the two days at the end of your week

In France there’s a trend

To change “La Fin de Semaine”

Into the anglo “Weekend”

 

And don’t expect the real French cheese

Or the legs of a frog

Voulez-vous le McDonald

Non, je prefère un hot-dog

 

Chorus

 

In Brazil the letter “x”

Is pronounced “shease”

Close enough to use it

Where in English we use the word “cheese”

 

So if you see an “x-burger”

Now you’ll know what that means

Eu não gosto de x-burger

Give me a x-salad please

 

Chorus

 

Up in Quebec to defend their language

They mix up a phrase or two

Translate “you’re welcome” literally

You say “Merci” they respond “Bienvenue”

 

But at the same time as they overcompensate

It’s “très cool” to anglicize

Get in your “char” and take a ride

To the pizzaria pour manger un “slice”

 

Chorus

 

In Palestine technological language

Is all English derived

But there our comrade named Bustani

Will make sure his culture survives

 

When the subject turns to that of computers

Bustani will silently resist

When IBM threatens to co-opt his language

He’ll shut his mouth and raise up his fist

 
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14. For Real


Written for Dania Flores who taught me how to ride a motorcycle, what it means to stay true to myself, and what love feels like when it’s for real.

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein

 

Tattooed attitude C – – F

turns heads as you F – C –

bike by the fire station C – G –

 

no one pushes you D7 – G –

off of your roots D7 – G –

your solid foundation F – G G7

 

you know it’s for real C – – F

when those quirky things F – C –

just seem sort of sweet C – G –

you know it’s for real C – – F

when those major things F – G –

make you feel complete G – C –

 

sitting legs crossed

there on the throne

you let the thoughts flow

 

the vision is great

de base and bold

seeds of power you do sow

 

Chorus

 

singing along

to lyrics you

don’t quite have down

 

you speak your mind

be it outrage or love

compa for life I have found

 

 
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15. Je M’en Vais


I’m leaving. If not, you’re off. It’s not our fault it’s society. Such a transient culture takes a toll on attempts at lasting relationships.

 

Song / Guitar / Clarinet: Matt Feinstein

 

C Blues

 

Je m’en vais

Sinon, tu t’en vas

Oui je m’en vais

Ce n’est pas notre faute

C’est la societé

 

Il y a toujours d’autres villes

L’échelle du travail précaire

Ne s’arrête jamais

Toujours le danger de tomber

 

Mais jamais la chance

De tomber amoureux

Je pense toujours quitter

Et tu ne peux pas rester

 

Je m’en vais

Sinon, tu t’en vas

Oui je m’en vais

Ce n’est pas notre faute

C’est la societé

 

Qu’est ce qui a cassé

Les communautés?

C’était le capitalisme allant

Ou les ex-amoureux en partant

 

La vie devient chaque année

De plus en plus jetable

L’intimitee c’est rarement

Profond et durable

 

Je m’en vais

Sinon, tu t’en vas

Oui je m’en vais

Ce n’est pas notre faute

C’est la societé

 
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16. Floating Heart


Those of us lucky enough to grow up connected to the land can feel a void when we’ve been sucked into the fast-paced city lifestyle.

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein

 

C – – – | – – F – | – – – -/F# | G – C – |

 

Is is the smell of the wood

Familiar feel of the hall

Knowing right where it’s put

Or morning birds you hear call?

 

Barefoot summers came slow

Crisp air falls came so fast

Hikes where waterfalls flow

You just want it to last

 

There’s hard work to be done

Stacked up feels so complete

Three rows planted full sun

Desk work cannot compete

 

But to bigger we flow

And to fast we aspire

Back to the land we don’t go

It’s just rusting barbed wire

 

No more dirt in our hands

No long grass to our knees

A floating heart needs to land

Somewhere surrounded by trees

 

 
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17. Dew or Rain


Distance from a lover can help you decipher if it’s temporary passion that will quickly evaporate or a steady downpour of joyous love to follow. It was rain and rain is good.

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein

 

C – C7 Cdim | G F C – |

 

Is it dew or is it rain?

Is it dew or is it rain?

 

Skylight frames the moon linked to your eyes

Small mesh window too frames your skies

Farther than sun rays on the track

Closer than my hands upon your back

 

Is it dew or is it rain?

Is it dew or is it rain?

 

Journal spoken loud I hear “let in”

Stay dry or under the cloud a dance begin?

Claves show how this dance is not just dew

It’s clear this warm rain will fall the whole night through

 
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18. Solid Economy


It’s time to build something better than the current shaky, exploitative economy. A solidarity economy is being built on principles of solidarity, mutualism, cooperation, equity people over profits, sustainability, social and economic democracy and pluralism.

http://USSEN.org/

http://WorcesterSAGEalliance.org

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein, backup vocals: Lucelia de Jesus, Sergio Castillo and Julius Jones

 

V:

|: C – – – | C – G C : |

Ch:

C – – – | F – D – |

C – – – | C – G C |

I can’t find a job

and keep my dignity

So we’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

I can’t sell my crops

within this community

So we’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

I cannot supply

Safe food for my family

So we’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

And since solid stands

for solidarity

We’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

Solidarity

stand together in unity

We’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

Their waste abounds

While so many are in poverty

So we’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

Their market lies

on shaky territory

So we’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

Hands corrupt and tied

by corporate bullies

So we’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

And since solid stands

for solidarity

We’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

Solidarity

stand together in unity

So we’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

Since our sugar’s still

stained by modern slavery

So we’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

They want war for oil

We want green clean energy

So we’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

Surplus gotta stay

in our locality

So we’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

And since solid stands

for solidarity

We’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

Not a shaky one Clap, clap 3x

Not a racist one Clap, clap 3x

Not a sexist one Clap, clap 3x

Not a classist one Clap, clap 3x

 

Solidarity

stand together in unity

We’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

We will meet our needs

co-operatively

So we’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

We want justice and

true diversity

So we’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

Those who fight the man

are a big part of the “we”

So we’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

And since solid stands

for solidarity

We’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

Not a shaky one Clap 4x a solid…

Not a racist one Clap, a par econ

Not a sexist one Clap, plentitude

Not a classist one Clap, co-op

 

Solidarity

stand together in unity

We’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

‘Cause we’re powerful

and share responsibility

We’ve got to build

the solid economy

 

‘Cause we’re powerful

and have the capacity

We’re going to build

the solid economy

 

 
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19. 21st Century Romance


Technology changing the rules of dating.

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein

 

Am (barred) G (barred)

Em turnaround

 

It’s sprinkling on the way back from the rave

Your bumper up to mine a really close shave

My wipers kinda timid, yours a little more brave

Mine jitter nervously as your’s erotically wave

 

Flirting in the 21st century

It’s how a modern romance ought to be

 

I sit next to you in the middle of the bus

Our wires from the ear down to the pelvis

He slams on the brakes, driver yells out a cuss

Now momentarily wires connect us

 

Holding hands in the 21st century

It’s how a modern romance ought to be

 

I nudge you right back ’cause you @tted my tweet

I poke you ’cause you liked said my status was sweet

You even had cyber guts enough to retweet

You top my news feed to say lets go out to eat

 

A first date in the 21st century

It’s how a modern romance ought to be

 

I barely have the crusties out of my eyes

The minty paste in hand, look up, a surprise

Next to my toothbrush leans another the same size

The bristles embrace like impassioned goodbyes

 

Smooching in the 21st century

It’s how a modern romance ought to be

 

You said you planned to come out to this show

That why I pedaled up here, you probably know

Forget my u-lock, and my last bike they stole

You lock it with yours to the same pole

 

Going steady in the 21st century

It’s how a modern romance ought to be

 

You say its time to get horizontally reclined

Off ringers go, onto the table bedside

We’ll answer no calls after ten we decide

Both buzzing like mad the vibrations combined

 

Getting it on in the 21st century

It’s how a modern romance ought to be

 

That fight leaves us a little perplexed

The email makes me wonder what could be next

I know you want to tell me how you’re totally vexed

Just please don’t try to fit it all in one text

 

On the rocks in the 21st century

It’s how a modern romance ought to be

 

 
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BONUS TRACKS:

 

1. No Limit


Passion can’t be limited and will continue to flow over rocks like Niagara Falls.

 

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein

 

Am – – –

Dm – – –

Am – – –

E – – –

 

Ch:

Am – G F / / / Am – G E

 

Weeks of yearning feel like

Years ripple from that a hastened

Second ranked locations lose

Forever twists a vine that knows no

 

Limit can you limit a distanced feeling

Even coldest windy visit seems appealing

Limit can you limit an irresistible lover

Even though creative compassion flows out from her

 

Rock the boat together or both fall

In to the deep we dare not

Plunge if things there get too

Stuck in that place from our inner

 
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2. To Be

Song / Guitar: Matt Feinstein

 

To be intellectual but not academic.

To be active but not overcommitted.

To have momentum but not be rushing.

To be deeply rooted but not stagnant.

To be serious about my projects but joyous in my leisure.

To be a good friend to several good friends (friends who are good to me) but not a lousy friend to many.

To be inspirational but not protagonistic.

To be a passionate lover but not before self-love.

To be intentional in my way of life but not devoid of spontaneity.

To be disciplined but not dogmatic.

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