I could never stand idly by
And watch while the bullies beat up on the weaker ones
I had to do something to try
And I never gave up on people
That we could be better somehow
Morality's compass, you gave it to me
I still follow it now..
Well, I couldn't stop thinking about it
I couldn't get it out of my mind
The pictures, the stories, the plight of the people
In occupied Palestine..
How my government makes me complicit
With the political aid that they send
So I packed up my bags and I headed to Rafa
To work with the ISM..
And I'd rather be dancing – dancing and falling in love
But if I just can just watch from a distance then what am I made of
Mama these people are so good to me
They treat me like one of their own
They feed me and see to my needs
And let me sleep in their home.
Papa their lives are so hard
The gun shots at night
The road blocks, the strip searches, the humiliations
Papa it just isn't right.
I can feel my privilege around me
It's there in my American face
I could wave my passport around like a flag
And I would be safe in this place.
For these child soldiers of Israel
They look like the boys back home
And if it wasn't for American money
They'd have to leave these people alone..
And I'd rather be dancing, –dancing to Pat Benatar
But somebody has to do somethin' about it -and here we are
The tractors are coming today,
They're like tanks with bulldozer blades
The name on the side says Caterpillar
That means they're American made.
Well, I am American too
And I'll be where everybody can see
So if they want to run over these houses today
They're gonna have to run over me!
It's dangerous takin' a stand
But it's dangerous running away
Sometimes you have to face up to the danger
-There is just no other way
For there are such beautiful dreams
I have seen the eyes of a child
And if I can just make one little difference
Then I think my life is worth while..
And I'd rather be dancing, – but instead I'm saying goodbye
But we'll meet again when it's over, don't cry..
And I'd rather be dancing, – and surely we'd all rather be
And one day we'll dance in a world that's peaceful and free..
Contributed by giorgio - 2010/12/31 - 21:58
Bartleby - 2011/1/4 - 09:17
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