Still Waiting for the Change

David Rovics
Language: English

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A song for president Obama. (And his entire party. And the other party, too, for that matter) ..
A perfect example of a politician. That is, he unfailingly represents the basic truth about politicians worldwide – that it doesn't matter what they say, or how eloquently they say it. All that matters is what they do. And with Obama, what he says and what he does have nothing to do with each other. Any progressive person who still thinks otherwise is either deluded or not paying attention (or both).
I remember in 2008
a Democrat
became head of state
His party won
the congress too
then we watched to see
what they would do
Vague promises
and hopeful signs
just try to read
between the lines
These things take time,
that's understood
and I know that patience
can be good
and I'm no genius, but I'm not dumb
and I'm still waiting
for the change to come..

Many thought
it had arrived
we felt luck
to have survived
All those years
of rightwing rule
using fear and hatred
as the fuel
Now we're on
the other side
and we're still swimming
against the tide
The wars go on,
good people die
missiles rain down
from the sky..
Once I dreamed you were my best chum
and I'm still waiting
for the change to come..

The prisons fill up
with the poor
victims of
the same drug war
Bankers fly
in First Class seats
while families move
into the streets
across the country
schools close down
in another
bankrupt town
oil sits
on the sea floor
and now you want to
drill for more
and like everybody where I'm from
and I'm still waiting
for the change to come ..

I don't know
but I'd like to think
we can pull each other
from the brink
I've heard it said
with a sigh
this nation is too
young to die
but the system's broke
and what I glean
is change must come
by other means
can you hear the whispers
in the air
what we need is
Tahrir square
until then in Washington
and I'm still waiting
for the change to come..
Still waiting
for the change to come..

Contributed by giorgio - 2020/4/21 - 15:25

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