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Winds Of Change

Rob Lincoln
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Lyrics & Music by Rob Lincoln.

"Winds of Change" is a song about right wing governments who hide behind the word 'freedom'.. It's one of my angriest political songs without any humor at all, but that needs some rewriting (the song also has at least two lines that can use replacing. I've put them in parentheses in the lyrics. If you have better lines, please by all means send them along. While the political references are old, the same old stuff is still going on).
I now find that is not the most artistic way of approaching song writing but it can sometimes work. Whether it works here, you be the judge.
I'm posting an old recording from around the time I wrote the song. Lessick & Lincoln did some nice harmonies on this one when we first started out in 1989. This is a scratchy solo tape from 1986. I always thought I wanted to do a flamenco version of this, but I have lost interest. I also don't like that the song appears to conclude that violence is the answer..
Comments included: "I give it a 3. I don't see it condoning violence as a response to
violence." "I kinda like this one"
You have many names,
You have many styles,
You have many weapons, soldiers, armies of great size..

You have all the money,
In the hands of the very few,
You control the people – but it's fear that controls you

You hide behind the media
With your free world alibi
You kill the men and women –You make the children cry

Cowards you are
Kill poets, teachers then lie
Shoot to kill the winds of change
Shoot into the sky

We've seen you murder Biko
We've seen you in El Salvador
You've murdered Victor Jara – and tens of thousands more

You have the brains to pull a trigger
Your mind's a muscle clenched in fear
For you must use a bullet – to fight a new idea

Cowards you are
Kill poets, teachers - then lie
Shoot to kill the winds of change
Shoot into the sky.

You who fear the written word
You who fear a song
You who kill the unarmed
(You know that you are wrong
Pretty soon the bullets
Will be on the other side)
And you'll long for the songs of justice
You silenced in your prime

Cowards you are
Kill poets, teachers then lie
Shoot to kill the winds of change
Shoot into the sky

Shoot to kill the winds of change,
Shoot into the sky..

Contributed by giorgio - 2010/8/1 - 12:29



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