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Hey Joe

Just Say NO Posse
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Quadlisha Cahir & Tim Gray are the two rappers on "Hey Joe". In 2001 before "Hey Joe" was recorded these two Soldiers stepped forward publicly to express their opposition to US War Plans. Here is a video-interview of these two brave soldiers shortly after 911. There's also Music video featuring the two rappers after the interview. Although they never met they gave a wonderful performance. In fact, Tim Gray had never been in a studio before. I find that remarkable. I wish them all the best in life.
Darnell Stephen Summers

Darnell Stephen Summers.
Darnell Stephen Summers.
This song was contributed by Darnell Stephen Summers, a director and a Vietnam veteran. On 13.10.01 50,000 people protested in Berlin against the U.S.-led attack on Afghanistan, Darnell Stephen Summers spoke at a Rally at the Brandenburger Gate. After, he and the "Just Say No" Posse performed at the main Rally (Gendarmenmarkt). See This page. Thanks, Darnell, with all our heart! [RV]

Questa canzone è stata contribuita da Darnell Stephen Summers, regista cinematografico e veterano della guerra in Vietnam. Il 13 ottobre 2001, 50.000 persone protestarono a Berlino contro l'attacco USA in Afghanistan, e Darnell Stephen Summers tenne un discorso presso la Porta di Brandeburgo. In seguito, lui e gli Just Say No Posse si esibirono al raduno principale (Gendarmenmarkt). Si veda questa pagina. Grazie Darnell, con tutto il cuore! [RV]
I've had Uncle Sam on my back
for telling him that's that.
I try to tell him what's right
but he doesn’t listen.
He tries to beat and threaten me into submission.
But still I fight and I'm not going to give up
for what I think is right.

I'll fight until the day I die
to tell people the truth about you.
The more you cover-up the more I'll uncover you.
Now its my turn to take a stand and I am.
I’m willing to fight for the rest of my life
to save a couple thousand lives.
I refuse to fight a fight
for something I believe is wrong
for some land, oil, or some uranium.

When you watch your T.V.,
you see what they want you to see.
The lies and untrue facts they use to deceive.
But once we open our eyes and quit being so blind
then we will see the truth behind these lies.
I sing this song for all the soldiers out there
Who fight a war for a government that doesn’t care.

If you live or die it does not matter
as long as we keep these warlords in power.
But once we stand and refuse to fight.
Maybe then people will see the light.
Peace is in the prophecies but we must believe.
That we can make a difference that we can succeed.
I repeat I will not fight for something that is wrong.
Hopefully I save your child’s life by writing this song.

Contributed by Darnell Stephen Summers - 2006/8/13 - 12:19




Language: Italian

Versione italiana di Riccardo Venturi
Italian version by Riccardo Venturi
13 agosto 2006 / August 13, 2006
EHI JOE

Mi son preso lo zio Sam sulla schiena
per dirgli queste cose qua.
Tento di dirgli cos’è giusto,
ma lui non ascolta.
Lui tenta di colpire e mi minaccia perché mi sottometta.
Ma io continuo a lottare, e non mi arrenderò,
per quello che penso sia giusto.

Lotterò fino alla morte
per dire alla gente la verità su di te.
Più ti mascheri, più io ti smaschererà.
Ora è il mio turno di prendere posizione, e lo faccio.
Voglio combattere per il resto della mia vita
per salvare qualche migliaio di vite.
Mi rifiuto di combattere una battaglia
per qualcosa che ritengo sbagliata
per un po’ di terra, di petrolio o di uranio.

Quando guardi la TV
vedi quello che ti vogliono far vedere.
Le bugie e le falsità che usano per ingannarti.
Ma quando apriremo gli occhi e smetteremo di essere così ciechi
allora vedremo la verità dietro quelle menzogne.
Canto questa canzone per tutti i soldati laggiù
che combattono una guerra per un governo che se ne frega.

Se vivi o muori, non importa
finché teniamo al potere questi signori della guerra.
Ma quando resisteremo e rifiuteremo di combattere
forse la gente vedrà la luce.
La pace sta nelle profezie, ma noi dobbiamo crederci.
Allora potremo fare una differenza efficace.
Ripeto: non combatterò per qualcosa di sbagliato.
Spero di salvare la vita di vostro figlio scrivendo questa canzone.

2006/8/13 - 16:41




Language: English

"Choral" Version

Explanation of terms:

"BDU" - Battle Dress Uniform
"Dropping Dimes" - Informing someone about something going on.
"JAG" - Judge Advocate General(Military system of "Justice")
"Chain of Command" - Miltary Hierarchy
"Boys in Blue" - The Police
"from sea to shining sea" - a phrase from "America the
Beautiful"
"Klan" - Ku Klux Klan
"cover-up" - A devious plan to decieve about the facts of an issue.
"hung from a tree" - a reference to Lynching
HEY JOE

Quadlisha Cahir aka Carver Hill's RAP 1

An entire lifetime of being used
you send me to war with no clues,
make me the enemy for simply voicing my views.
We ain’t all green.
There’s flesh in-between these BDU’s.
I am what I choose,
Can’t be controlled, conformed or confused.
You want to fight terrorism,
what about your "boys in blue"?
Do you plan to bomb the Klan too?
I didn’t think so.
If minorities mattered you’ve have acted
after they bombed in Africa.
Lives burned reduced to ash.
Before you wage war,
check your reflection in a glass.
Now we say it’s not about
Muslim religion, oh isn’t it?
If these cats was christian
would we mention it?
Dark-skinned men and women
stoned in the streets.
I’m only american when it’s convenient.
Does God bless me from sea to shining sea?
You ain’t never seen
your relatives hung from a tree.
That right there,
is the reason we can’t agree ! ! !

MC SIDEBAR aka Tim Gray’s RAP:

I've had Uncle Sam on my back
for telling him that's that.
I try to tell him what's right
but he doesn’t listen.
He tries to beat and threaten me into submission.
But still I fight and I'm not going to give up
for what I think is right.
I'll fight until the day I die
to tell people the truth about you.
The more you cover-up the more I'll uncover you.
Now its my turn to take a stand and I am.
I’m willing to fight for the rest of my life
to save a couple thousand lives.
I refuse to fight a fight
for something I believe is wrong
for some land, oil, or some uranium.
When you watch your T.V.,
you see what they want you to see.
The lies and untrue facts they use to deceive.
But once we open our eyes and quit being so blind
then we will see the truth behind these lies.
I sing this song for all the soldiers out there
Who fight a war for a government that doesn’t care.
If you live or die it does not matter
as long as we keep these warlords in power.
But once we stand and refuse to fight.
Maybe then people will see the light.
Peace is in the prophecies but we must believe.
That we can make a difference that we can succeed.
I repeat I will not fight for something that is wrong.
Hopefully I save your child’s life by writing this song.

Quadlisha Cahir aka Carver Hill's RAP 2:

Children cry in the aftermath of a witch-hunt.
From the ashes a new kingdom. Afghanistan.
Your president is a puppet
for my country’s "up and coming".
Hypocrisy at its finest, greed is timeless and I love it.
‘Cause these motherfuckers do spin a lie
to make Democracy twist.
Now you’re dealing with Saddam,
talk about the fan being covered in shit.
Maybe Bush blew these motherfuckers straight they crib
and still can’t say if Bin Laden’s been alive,
let alone where he live.
I’m out the yard now, Grrrrr!!
Story soon to be copywritten, published
and digitally mastered.
So while ya’ll bastards
is dropping bombs in Iraq,
I’ll be dropping dimes on ya’ll asses.
At home in my drawers with a blount in my jaws,
on the porch torching my BDU’s to ashes.
Cause Uncle Sam like pointing fingers.
Here have this. Fuck you. Fuck you. Fuck you.
Carver Hill, the 40th’s favorite Nigger.
You couldn’t kick me out the Army
Cause my ball’s was bigger.
It’s funny what JAG and
an unedited interview can do.
Make the entire Chain of Command sit up.
ooooh, that’s true.
Matter of fact, 40th Engineer Battalion,
Screw You ! ! !
Tonya Tarver Summers' Refrain:
Caught up in the System, all God’s children.
Society’s victims trying to pull through.
Looking for a wayout, searching for some answers.
The clock is ticking faster towards a world disaster.
Praying to the master on a daily basis,
Set us free, Set us free, Oh lord Set us free ! ! !

Carver Hill:

You throw your hands,
I throw may hands
and if you feel like me,
then we'll all get down.

Ras Abraham:

Just like Joe,
Killing the People
in the Name of War.

Darnell Stephen Summers:

Where ya going,
why ya killing and bombing
in Afghanistan?

Contributed by Darnell Stephen Summers - 2006/10/11 - 10:51



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