Amplifiers

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Something is eating at my feet Holding me back at every step They tell me not to breathe a word She gives me a vow that must be kept You know that I’m only just a boy Barely five years of age The secret you load upon my shoulder Is worthy of any grown man’s rage Oh I wanna lay me down Oh I wanna lay me down Too weary to rest, too tired to sleep Oh I wanna lay me down Sometimes I wonder if the blanket That I must kick off of my bare feet Is a prison of artificial making A courtyard for a veritable feast Oh I wanna lay me down Oh I wanna lay me down Too weary to rest, too tired to sleep Oh I wanna lay me down You know that I’m only just a boy And the innocence you took away from me Is the only thing I brought into this world And its only the truth that sets me free Oh I wanna lay me down Oh I wanna lay me down Too tired to sleep, too weary to rest Oh I wanna lay me down
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ORIGINAL LYRICS: We watch the talking heads tell us the news of the day We read the latest jaw-dropping headlines We pick the channels and sites that slant the news towards our own beliefs We hear political figures spew rhetoric about “fake news” Persuading us to lose trust in the media To doubt all journalists and reporters To instead follow the leaders on Twitter To go directly to the belly of the biased beast To go directly to the belly of the biased beast But… Forget the clever banter Ignore the witty retorts Renounce persuasive propaganda Dismiss the orchestrated events Reject the scripted reality television Disregard the distractions of absurdity Follow the facts Pay attention to policy Watch what your government is doing Not what your government is saying Read the words of journalists with integrity And decide for yourself what you believe Decide for yourself what is right— what is ethical And when immoral actions are taken in your name FIGHT. The press exists to monitor power The press exists to truthfully convey what is witnessed The press is composed of citizens with the duty to report to fellow citizens The importance of the press cannot be overstated Freedom of the press has been declared a human right by the United Nations Freedom of the press protects the communication of information and opinions From the interference of government The dissemination of information is important Expert opinions are valuable Expression of opinion aids us all in constructing our own thoughts Freedom of speech, freedom of the press The right of the people to petition the government and to peaceably assemble All co-exist in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution This is on purpose Follow the facts Pay attention to policy Watch what your government is doing Not what your government is saying Read the words of journalists with integrity And decide for yourself what you believe Decide for yourself what is right— what is ethical And when immoral actions are taken in your name FIGHT.
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what will i amplify this time transform a world gone wrong to something right feed what i hope for deep inside what will i amplify this time unspoken hunger in my mind heat from a candle glowing bright one flame still burning in this dark night that is what i’ll amplify that is what i amplify fight for the light i fight Light is what I’ll amplify Light is what I’ll amplify Light is what I amplify tonight drowning or raging in the fire nowhere to run from our collective mire let’s walk to ground that takes us higher amplify the truth, not the liar and fight for the light i fight Light is what I’ll amplify Light is what I’ll amplify Light is what I amplify tonight no no no anger to incite no no no power to ignite no more degradation can’t take no more dysfunction no no no i have to have to shield eyes no no no more bitterness and fright (no more fear) walling up the hearts of all mankind (open your heart) no no more corruption not meant for this malfunction no no no i won’t give up i won’t give up i won’t give up this fight for the light i fight for the light for the light we fight for the light i fight for the light Light is what I’ll amplify Light is what I’ll amplify Light is what I amplify tonight amplify the light amplify the light amplify the light Light is what I’ll amplify Light is what I’ll amplify Light is what I amplify tonight
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When the absolute beginners came to Georgetown They were wearing Harris Tweed and pork pie hats They would slit your throat and throw you in the gutter Its all you can expect from men like that On the buses bound for Nils Benton Harbour The ladies wear perfume to scar your nose And the only way to reach them is to scare them But of that you know little I suppose Its a magical and mystical performance As you perambulate right down the road With your pockets full of stardust and perfection And Jesus on your side and in your soul She had rings on every finger and ten bracelets Some touched with powers given by a sage He had contemplated giving her his wristwatch For time for him had long since gone its way In the backstreets of the city he would shuffle Spinning on his heels and chewing beef He had promised her he’d be a vegetarian But he could not control his need for meat Some say she left the streets for greater glory But others said that she was big with child Whatever was the truth it did not matter He would hunt her down and cut her with his smile The last time he was seen was by the pawn shop He’d traded two gold teeth for a sack of corn And he would plant it on the outskirts of the city As a warning that he would someday return It is said he never found her and he’s still looking It is said he searches rivers for some sign But the truth is that he caught her down in Georgetown With a Spaniard who had left his wife behind
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verse one: narration: “so what up bird, what’s the word on this net neutrality?” well, the same mugs that charge your monthly access fee are lobbying congress to let them put speed limits on websites where the fastest speed is reserved for who can pay the biggest price like a wide hov lane for money and power leaving the mom and pop sites stuck in rush hour ain’t a chance if you can’t spend like them big boys they say it’s for progress, but yo, I keep hearing this pig noise see, it’s more than just your average scam if they got the juice to manufacture an online traffic jam not only can they crush competition, they can crush dissent the best democracy that money can rent ‘cause when the health of our society relies on information rationing speed is like rationing care to a patient when they decide if, how, and who you get access to it’s game over, the promise of the internet is through chorus: hands off the internet hands off the internet let’s cut the invisible hands off the internet let me hear you sing net neutrality if you believe the internet should be commons and commons should be free verse two: But yo there’s more than just monopoly dreaming to corporate scheming The problem is wider than just providers and telecom demons To be truly net neutral, we gotta expand the definition It ain’t just who we pay, but who gives us permission Search engines, social networks, media aggregators Those we deem our online benevolent dictators who filter your searches and feeds, what you watch what you read They give you what they think you want, but not what you need It’s like we’re children and they’re the adults How can you and I do the same search, get different results And yo, I get it’s convenient, and that’s ok when it’s trivial But our preference can’t be the formula to filter the political That only reinforces our current ideological vision With no counter info to help us make an informed decision And that, of course, is if they want us to see it at all What’s to stop them from gate keeping if we make it their call When it comes to news and important information do you really want to give more control to corporations chorus: hands off the internet hands off the internet let’s cut the invisible hands off the internet let me hear you sing net net neutrality if you believe the internet should be commons and commons should be free verse three: narration: “come on, man, you really think they would do that to people?” it ain’t about if they would do it, it’s about if it’s legal and speaking of legal, you know it’s more than just the masses viewing the internet through corporate colored glasses we gotta expand the definition again to react to when the government decides to get in on the act to put us on an information diet, to keep us quiet shut it down in the name of security, blame it on a riot we want a bill reflecting real net neutrality preparing for the worst becoming reality patriot act mentality, thought police brutality again it’s not if they would do it, it’s about the legality and if we’re serious about the sanctity of the internet it’d be smart to start planting the seeds for the indynet a guerilla web of handsets, tablets, and gadgets a network independent of corporate bandwidth the technology already exists to chart a course occupying public airwaves, everything open source create a force that they can’t ignore or cast aside then double down, lobby for the spectrum to be recognized now I know that sounds like pie in the sky, but whatever it may be our only hope to keep the net neutral forever chorus: hands off the internet hands off the internet let’s cut the invisible hands off the internet let me hear you sing net net neutrality if you believe the internet should be commons and commons should be free
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Stand up, America! Move your feet… It’s time to come out and hit the street. ‘Cause we’ve got the numbers to make the big fix if we all come together on November sixth… Let’s flip the House! Yeah… Flip the House! The Electoral College has had their fun: they put a bully in the china shop and gave him a gun and now he’s makin’ America great again by clubbing it back into 1910. And what does the illustrious Congress do? They’re helpin’ the monster to turn the screw, crushing life and liberty day by day. But come this November (we’re) gonna have our say… Let’s flip the House! Yeah… The Senate, too! It’s no longer enough to just rock the boat. We’ve gotta grab this mutha legislature by the throat; Show it who’s boss: flip it on its back; so the power of the People gonna rule this pack! So y’all stand up and move your feet… Crash like a wave out into the street to rock the vote, good women and men, and at the exit polls shout “Never Again!” Come on…flip the House! (Over…) Flip the Senate! (and…) in 2020… (out…) Flip the rest! (for good!)
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If you believe in democracy If you have hope in what could be If you want to protect your rights You got to get out there and fight Protesting helps us spread our views Still got to visit the voting booth The only way politicians are swayed The only way they hear what you say is when you Rock the vote Or do the blues Whatever gets you on the move Out to vote Get out to vote Exercise your citizen power Vote and fight for your views Do your research on the issues and Find a rep who will work for you When you must vote for the less evil Weigh your options based on history Vote for who does the least damage To your ideals and your country Rock the vote Or do the blues Whatever gets you on the move Out to vote Get out to vote Yes, the system is corrupt Most politicians have been bought By lobbyists and corporations Feels like the people never win It never will be perfect But if you don’t participate Even that glimmer of hope Will gradually fade away
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Friendly competition might have been a good way to start but somewhere down the line we lost the friendly part I say we give it up in favor of co-operation if we ever want to be an undivided nation A team mentality is fine for sports and military but for civil habitation it really isn’t very We’re all only humans maybe some more than others Underneath our differences we’re all sisters and brothers Let’s resist the urgency to choose a side Let’s choose love and logic and a healthy sense of pride Let’s look at it objectively Life is not a dream Let’s use our time, improve the climb/clime for all the human team I’m not red I’m not blue I’m a human and so are you I’m not lib and I’m not con Let’s find something to agree upon I’m not he said I’m not she I’m on the side of humanity I’m not Apple and I’m not Android and I don’t give a damn which is more fanboyed I’m not butter and I’m not Bluebonnet There’s only one team and we’re all on it
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I thought I crossed a mighty river where my love for you echoes on I thought I crossed a mighty river where my love echoes on But they don’t have no peace for me, ain’t no freedom free I thought I caught a glimpse of you like the shifting sun I thought I caught a glimpse of you like the shifting sun It was just the guards come to take another away, I’ll come back and find you some day Yeah they’re taking another boy away, I’ll come and find you some day Oh they’re taking just another boy away, I’ll come and find you some day
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Thou shalt not kill. There are no listed exceptions. Not for self-defense. Not for food. Not for valor. Not for money nor for power. Thou shalt not kill. Does a gun serve any other purpose? Any purpose other than to kill? You say a right to a gun means you are free. What twisted kind of freedom is there in taking life? Your freedom has us caught in a weapons race. You believe more guns will somehow keep us safe. You feel you must kill before someone else kills. My friends, the more rounds of ammunition fired, the more lives inevitably lost. And death does not create life. Only life does that. I reflect. Something seems painfully defective in our species. What compels us to create tools made only to end the life of another being? Is that our right? To intentionally stop the breath and heartbeat of another sentient life form? I admit, I do not understand those who passionately believe possessing a killing machine is a symbol of their freedom and safety. Is this not illusion? We are broken. Our excuses are pitiful. Our explanations belabored and weak. I am weary of it. I conclude. Homo sapiens are sick. Mentally ill. There is no sane reason ever to kill. This dysfunction resides deep in our DNA. For truly, we are so darkly afraid. But, where would our civilization be if we’d never begun murdering other beings? Can you imagine the tranquility, harmony, peace? We can stop. Stop this madness cloaked as freedom and rightful dominion. We can heal. Heal this twisted condition that is stealing light from the human soul. Thou shalt not kill. There are no listed exceptions. Not in a time of war. Not in a time of famine. Not for sport or revenge or glory. True courage requires facing one’s fears and enemies unarmed, standing in the strength of the light, unafraid. We must trust and be brave, brave enough to shift this paradigm. Leave the old law of eye for an eye behind before we’re all hopelessly deaf, dumb and blind. I would rather be murdered than murder. Is this not the message of the Christ? Is this not the way of Ahimsa? I have a dream. I see piles and piles of weapons, surrendered willingly by thousands upon thousands of my brothers and sisters. Guns, rifles and ammunition all melted down as a symbol of our commitment to evolve. As a symbol of our value for creation, for life. Thou shalt not kill. Now is the time to change. Do not be afraid. It is not too late. Now is the time to live and remember That all life is sacred.
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Hope is a dangerous thing It hates the rules It won’t heed the kings Love turns worlds around It makes landscapes bloom And fills streets with sound Faith - that it’ll all turn out right A tiny seed That can split the night I hope it can turn out right I love that it can be right Have faith it will be alright

about

Amplifiers is a collection of politically inspired songs by the global ccMixter community. With ccMixter as their megaphone, the musicians raised their voices on issues they were energized to amplify. The songs widely range in genre and topic, and all are passionate expressions from the heart. As you listen to the album, find your anthem to amplify and share it far and wide!

Featured Artists: Admiral Bob, Zep Hurme, Apoxode, Panu, Kara Square, Onlymeith, Raja_ffm, Madam Snowflake, Tobias Weber, Radioontheshelf, Stefan Kartenberg, Spinningmerkaba, Alex Beroza, Project Question, Mr. Pepino, Mr. Yesterday, Piero Peluche, Speck, Reiswerk, Unreal_DM, Dysfunction_AL, Siobhan Dakay

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released October 30, 2018

Produced by ccMixter
Copyright: ccMixter
Publishing: ArtisTech Media
Mastered by Kara Square
Cover Art by Michelle Denise Norton (www.instagram.com/blinkkittylove/)

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