Revolution - Kate Reid-June 2010

 

I heard about that man in Australia the other day

Who poured gasoline on his wife in the light of day

She was sitting in her car, he lit a match and threw it down

And he watched her go up in flames behind the glass

 

I read about a teenaged girl over in Iraq

Whose parents dug a grave in their back-yard

They buried her alive, whole family stood by and watched her die

For talking to some guys out on the street

 

Chorus:

Forget the war on terror and all those other useless wars too 

What about this war on women

That's right in front of you?

How are we going to love our sons and daughters?  

And teach them loving kindness too                      

Yeah, what are we going to do?

 

Some high school kids were having a party one night

The graduating class, they were having a good old time

A young dyke was in the crowd, some boys slipped rohipnal in her drink

Then they raped her and donŐt tell me that ainŐt no hate crime

 

Chorus:

Forget the war on terror and all those other useless wars too

What about this war on women

That's right in front of you?

How are we going to love our sons and daughters

And teach them loving kindness, too

Yeah, what are we going to do?

 

Bridge:

I knew a baby girl whose grandpoppy done her wrong

He thought no-one was watching him at all

Before she could even talk, he put her down on the bed

Then, he walked away when he was done and not a word he said

But baby girl bodies hold onto bad memories, too

And those memories come through when I least expect them to

Sometimes I break down and cry

My rage burns me up inside

 

This ain't no revolution until we stop hiding behind our eyes

This ain't no revolution until we look deep inside

This ain't no revolution if we stand silently by and watch

This ain't no revolution if we keep giving them social asylum

 

This ain't no revolution until we get off the couch and start walking

This ain't no revolution until we start talking about our lives

This ain't no revolution until we all question authority

This ain't no revolution until we see where our loyalty lies

 

This ain't no revolution until we know that rape is a war crime

This ain't no revolution until we / take back the night

This ain't no revolution until violence takes his final breath

What are we going to do

 

Chorus-2x

Forget the war on terror and all those other useless wars too

What about this war on women

That's right in front of you?

How are we going to love our sons and daughters

And teach them loving kindness, too

Yeah, what are we going to do?