Move all your money
Out of *[Wells Fargo] today!
Vote with your money
’Cause that’s the American way.
We’ll show the bankers
Who fund the black snake and its slime
That we don’t want them using our money
For the Dakota oil pipeline.

Move all your money
Out of *[Wells Fargo] today!
They’d poison our water,
But “water is life” we all say.
We’ve come to tell them,
That all life is sacred, for sure,
And they will learn they can’t drink their money
When the water is no more.

We’ve come to *[Raleigh],
Peaceful and prayerful we stand,
To say to *[Wells Fargo]:
Standing Rock’s our native land.
So we’ll move all our money,
And *[Wells Fargo] can go take a hike!
They will learn their lesson when the oil spills,
**MNI WICONI! WATER IS LIFE!

*[Substitute name of bank or city as appropriate]

**M-nee wich-o’nee

Let’s hear it for HB2,

Protecting me and you;

Now you won’t have to fear

That anyone queer

Will be peeing next to you.

 

Let’s hear it for HB2,

And the bigots who voted it through;

Now you all must prove

When your bowels move

That you know just who is who.

 

So check the sign on the door
And then do something more,
Prove your sex
To the old rednecks

Who voted for this law.
With five minutes to decide,

They set gay rights aside;

And bigotry

Has been set free,
But we still have our pride.

 

And there’s one thing we all know.

As we did to old Jim Crow:
Again and again
We’ll fight ’til we win!

HB2 has got to go!

CHORUS:

They lie through their teeth with the greatest of ease,

Those bigots who’d bring us all down to our knees;

So we’ve got to stand strong and repeal Hate Bill 2,

It’s not just about bathrooms, we know.

 

They thought they’d distract us with a transgender law,

But we’ve read the fine print and we know it’s much more:

Taking rights from our workers, our cities and towns...

It’s not just about bathrooms, we know.

REPEAT CHORUS

 

Minimum wages and fair labor laws

Are some of the things that we’re now fighting for;

And the right to appeal in our very own state

When we face injustice, racism and hate.

 

They think they’re immune from our fed-er-al laws,

And ignore them just like in the old Civil War.

But we’ll fight them in court and we’ll rage and we’ll roar,

‘Cause it’s not just about bathrooms, we know.

REPEAT CHORUS

 

The homophobes pushing this bill quickly through

Thought we’d be fooled by the language they drew.

Government overreach surely must be

When they start making laws about where we can pee.

 

So it’s Monday in Raleigh, and we’re back today

To tell Pat McCrory that we’re here to stay,

And we’ll keep coming back if he drags us away...

‘Cause it’s not just about bathrooms, we know.

REPEAT CHORUS

 

 

 

Chorus #1:

Look out! ’Cause we are growing bolder!

We’re gaining strength as we grow older!

Our steps they might be slow,

And ’though our boobs are hanging low,

We are Raging Grannies strong!

 

It’s economic equity we’re raging for today.

Billionaires get richer while we struggle for fair pay.

While people sleep on sidewalks, Grannies seek another way...

We are Raging Grannies strong!

 

Chorus #2:

Look out! ’Cause we are growing bolder!

We’re gaining strength as we grow older!

You can throw us into jail, but by our numbers we’ll prevail.

We are Raging Grannies strong!

 

They tell us that the TPP’s a benefit for all
But corp’rate power always trumps the rights of one and all.

With loss of jobs and secret courts, it’s such a lousy call...

So spread the word it’s wrong.

REPEAT CHORUS #2

 

Climate change is here to stay; it’s hot as hell today!

In other places, homes and farms are being washed away.

Glaciers melt and oceans rise... disasters every day...

And the poor are the first to pay.

REPEAT CHORUS #2

 

Anyone can buy a gun; they’re easy to obtain;

Children get their hands on them, they think it’s just a game.

We’ve got to fight the NRA, they really are insane.

We are Raging Grannies strong!

REPEAT CHORUS #2

 

People are Homeless

tune: People are Strange

by Nora Freeman, NYC-metro gaggle 8/19/15

People are homeless
Cause they can’t pay the
Rents that their greedy
Landlords demand

Or they were burnt out
Of an apartment
That was a death trap:
The landlord’s plan

Got no home
Cops think that you are a crime
On the street
And you should be doing time
Because you’ve, got no home
Got no ho-ome

Homeless and hungry
Freeze in the winter
Roast in the summer
It’s all stress and strife

Let’s build some new housing
For impov'rished people
Fix some old buildings
Now, that is pro-life

Homeless Puff

Tune: Puff the Magic Dragon

By Nora Freeman, NYC-metro gaggle, 8/18/15

Puff the Magic Dragon
No longer has a home
Through the streets of Honali
He must sadly roam

He tried the shelter system
And fled all full of fright
This fire-breather felt safer
In the streets at night

Puff is but a fantasy
But not so human beings
They’re made of blood and bones and other
Messy fragile things

In city streets and shelters
They just can’t meet their needs
For protection from the elements,
Safety and privacy

Families with children
Childless adults too
All need homes to live in
Just like me and you

No more gentrification
We need a people’s housing plan
A clean safe home for everyone
On this we take our stand

You’ve been serving time in prison

For lo, these many long years

Too bad you didn’t snort powdered coke

Like the Wall Street billionaires

 

You’re not jailed for rape or murder

Or other atrocities

You didn’t do the widespread fraud

That crashed our economy

 

You’re black and you smoked crack

Now you’re never coming back

You’re far away from home

We got tough on crime

You’re doing lots of time

Many miles from home

 

The prison-industrial complex

Keeps the upstate economy going

It gets its raw materials

From inner-city neighborhoods

 

This, is, the war on drugs

It’s eating young people of color alive

Bust those laws wide ohhh-pen

This has got to stop

Jamie Dimon, how ya doin

Here’s some news from those you’re screwin

20 million bucks a year

Your salary just isn’t groovy

ba da da da da da da, isn’t groovy

 

Chase Bank, a house of fraud

Violating lots of law-aws

Taking homes from families

Jamie Dimon, that aint groovy

ba da da da da da da, that ain’t groovy

 

Your derivatives

Crashed our economy

We’re angry and pissed off and oh so ready

To see you in prison for all your misdeeds

Jamie Dimon

You’re not groovy.

ba da da da da da da, you’re not groovy

We’re teachers, doctors, students in debt,
Grandmothers, ministers, housewives, vets.
So here’s the thing that we don’t get:
Which of us is the imminent threat?

We work for a living our whole lives through,
Working three jobs when two won’t do;
Earning minimum wage, dragged down by debt,
So which of us is the imminent threat?

You take away our Medicaid and poison our wells,
You lock our kids in private prison cells,
We’re mighty angry, you can bet,
But which of us is the imminent threat?

You ignore the Constitution and the Bill of Rights,
You change the rules in the middle of the night.
But you ain’t seen the last of us yet,
’Cause you’re the ones who are the imminent threat!

 

 

 

I’m a corporation
And I believe in god
That doesn’t mean I have to do
Anything that’s hard

Like having safe workplaces
For my employees
Or making sure my waste products
Don’t kill all the trees

Though I’m a legal fiction
My immortal soul
Will surely go to hell if I
Cover birth control

Whether they are Hindu
A Jew or atheist
All my female workers
Must submit to this

Corporate Christians can both
Have and eat our cake
Control employees’ private lives
While they work without a break

Post-birth human beings
Have no right to life
But the new corporate life form
Will never ever die!

I’m a single mom of three
Their dad died “accidentally”
On the job in construc….tion
Now all three need counseling
Their school said try a private shrink
There’s been a budget reduc…tion
One’s cutting school, and another gets drunk
And the youngest just stays home and weeps
I have to work to pay the rent
So I’m home mostly when they’re sleep….ing  [anticipate]

There’s not enough food
Even with my three jobs
I try not to be rude [anticipate]
But it’s food stamps or we starve

Wendy’s, Walmart and Burger King
Are my employers
The wages that they’re paying
Make them my exploiters

Neighbors whisper that I’m
Not much of a mother
Some say it is time [anticipate]
To place my kids with another

All my life I tried and tried
To do what you’re supposed to
Now I’m stuck in this plight
This is what I’m reduced to

Being poor
Isn’t a crime
Turning your backs
That’s the REAL crime!

Did you hear what happened in Washington town?
Those neo-con bastards shut our government down.

This was no idle tantrum; it was part of their scheme
To silence the people, and put an end to the dream.

They’re really quite clever, those neo-con jerks;
They had to stop Obamacare ’cause we’d see that it works.

Then people would rise up and say that we must
Have more government programs that help all of us.

They’ll call us all socialists, but whatever they say,
We know folks will die without health care today.

They’re holding us hostage to their evil plans.
They shut down the government and now they demand
That we must negotiate, but we Grannies say NO!
And come next election, they’ve all got to go!

This is still a democracy, if they like it or not.
And we won’t be held hostage to their neo-con plot.

So let’s pull together and give a loud shout,
And vote our own interests, and throw the bums out.

Intro: And now, a word from the 1% on what’s new and exciting in coal mining!

 

Behead every mountain

There’s coal in there

Dump it in the valley

We don’t really care

 

You can scream climate change

Let us know how that goes

Energy from the sun

Really steps on our toes

 

Lots of air pollution

The water’s full of crap

We privatize the profits

And socialize a trap
We must forever stay rich

So if you all use the wind

For your energy needs

Then we won’t be your friend

 

The Appalachian Mountains

Must resemble the moon

For us to get our cash out

And it can’t be too soon! [slow]

Capitalist cronies

Are not our BFFs

Don’t want us to be free

Make deals like TPP

That’s Trans-Pacific

Partnership, to be clear

The jobs that we have here

We’ll have no more.

 

Clean air and water

Will soon be luxuries

Farewell to workers’ rights

In TP Paradise

That’s Toilet Paper

Revving up climate change

Our world they’ll rearrange

Once unconstrained.

 

We are the NNP

That’s Ninety Nine Percent

We must make a choice

Let’s generate some noise

For human beings

And the environment

Let’s show the one percent

The exit door!

Free markets must be able to indulge their every whim

Environmental laws and regs will bring a future grim

Planet liveability is not our concern

Because for us, the key concept is me, me, me, me

Count on us for naught unless it profits me

 

That global warming is a mess we’ll no longer deny

But if you tell us fix it now our answer will be why?

Our children and our grandkids too, let’s leave it up to them

True believers in the market free are we, are we

Devotees of the market free

 

Geothermal, wind and solar are such deadly bores

Energy efficiency just makes us want to snore

But if you mention nuclear our ears will perk right up

It comes with a lovely subsidy, subsidy

We adore the fat taxpayer subsidy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, Wal-Mart’s come into our town
And discounted all their prices down.
They’ve built big stores.

They’re keeping their prices very low
By paying their workers far below
A living wage.

They sell cheap stuff from foreign shores
Made by the sweat of the working poor
For us to buy.

They sell below the other shops
So all the little moms and pops
Will soon be closed.

With no more jobs and no more pay
The shoppers soon will go away...
Then who will buy?

So, Wal-Mart get out of our town!
You’re tearing our economy down.
And we won’t buy!!!

Wal-Mart sucks...
The life out of towns!
The mom and pop stores have to close their doors
And local economies fall through the floor!
Yes, Wal-Mart sucks.

Wal-Mart stinks...
Of corporate greed!
They sell cheap goods made by foreign sweatshops
Where workers earn pennies and work ‘til they drop!
Yes, Wal-Mart stinks!
 
Wal-Mart blows...
Away union jobs!
Good wages and benefits? Nothing but lies!
They’ll fire you quick if you organize!
Yes, Wal-Mart blows!

Look at Wal-Mart in your city
Where the people often shop,
It's a store that sells cheap products
Made in foreign sweatshops.

            So stop shopping at this Wal-Mart
            ’Til it treats its workers well,
            And if Wal-Mart won't cooperate,
            They can just go straight to hell.

And its management whose treatment
Of the women is unfair,
And the companies it deals with
End up losing their fair share.

            So stop shopping . . .

Living wage is non-existent,
They can never unionize,
When they try to, they get fired!
Please don't shop here we advise.

             So stop shopping . . .

 You'd better watch out, it's happening fast --
Mom and Pop shops are a thing of the past.
Wal-Mart stores are ruining our town.
The corner store's gone, it couldn't compete
With mega-marts cov’ring a million square feet.
Wal-Mart stores are ruining our town.

            Two hundred billion dollars
            They're haulin' in each year!
            They're the biggest corporation
            In both the hemispheres....

They say they're "just folks,” simple and plain,
But we know that they’re the Merchants of Shame!
Wal-Mart stores are ruining our town.

You'd better take note if you're in retail,
Tomorrow your job might be up for sale.
Wal-Mart stores are ruining our town.
A poverty wage is what you'll expect
When you've got the Waltons writing your check.
Wal-Mart stores are ruining our town.

            They're slashing pay and prices,
            It’s a national disgrace!
            They’re destroying our economy
            While they wear their happy face....

 So it's time to say "NO!" We're taking a stand.
 Shopping for Justice, that is our plan.
 Wal-Mart stores, get out of our town!

If you need a loan to get you through
Payday lending’s not the way to go.
Regions Bank will screw ya bad;
They’re greedy and they’ve got to go!

         CHORUS:

         Payday loans have got to go!
         They just prey on the poor.
         Regions Bank, get out of town,
         And don’t come back no more!

 They charge outrageous interest rates.
Their usury should be a crime.
We’re here to tell ya Regions Bank
Should be jailed and doin’ time.
REPEAT CHORUS


Three hundred sixty-five percent:
That’s the interest you must pay.
They will rob you deaf and blind,
‘Cause that’s their thievin’ way.
REPEAT CHORUS

Regions Bank, we say to you,
We will shut you down!
We don’t want the likes of you
Doin’ business in our town.
REPEAT CHORUS

Zip-A-Dee Doo Dah we're the 1%
What a shame that you can't pay your rent
You're on the street now, who the hell cares
It aint no secret, we don’t like to share!

Zip-A-Dee Doo Dah you got no rights
We'll stop and frisk you, you better not fight
Empty your pockets, and show us the weed
Didn't you know, we've got prisons to feed!

Zip-A-Dee Doo Dah yum pepper spray
It’s just a condiment as Fox News would say
Better not protest, or you’ll find out why
We love to spray it right into your eyes!

[Bridge]

One-percenters want to tell you

It’s the truth

It’s natural

Everything is satisfactual

 

Zip-A-Dee Doo Dah war is so great

We love living in a fascist state

Get in the army before it’s too late

We’ll fill the world with violence and hate!

Zip-A-Dee Doo Dah greedy are we
Mean and small-minded we like to be

Helping the needy is so yesterday
We don't give a crap so just go away!

Death unending!  Military spending!
What a waste! What a waste!
Reinstate some sanity,
Spend taxes for humanity,
Invest in peace! Invest in peace!

Let’s build schools instead of bombs,
We need jobs! We need jobs!
Don’t spend all our taxes
To fight the “evil axis.”
Invest in peace! Invest in peace!

Missile shields and drones and bombers –
What a waste! What a waste!
While we’re busy making war
We’re neglecting our own poor!
Invest in peace!  Invest in peace!

It’s time to end these wars of terror.
Bring ’em home! Bring ’em home!
How many more of us must die
In bloody wars all based on lies?
Invest in peace! Invest in peace!

Do you ever wonder why we always have the funds

For wars and corporate bailouts

And the banks so poorly run?

But we never have the money

For the urgent needs at home,

Like jobs and schools and health care

And homes for everyone?

Chorus:

Wh - ere do our taxes go then?

Wh - ere do our taxes go then?

Forty-seven cents of each tax dollar

Goes to fund the wars!

And that’s got to stop right now!

We can help turn things around now

If we only will decide

To join together and elect

Officials on our side

Who will work to save our planet

And build roads and bridges, too,

To build and not destroy!

Repeat chorus

So call your Senators and Reps

And just be sure they know

That the way they’re spending our tax dollars

Simply has to go.

Be sure they get the message

That we want our taxes back

To build and not destroy!

Repeat chorus

Our taxes fly over the ocean,

To fund the Afghanistan war,

But our taxes are urgently needed

Right here for the jobless and poor.

         CHORUS:

         Bring back, bring back,

         Oh bring back those taxes and spend them here.

         Bring ‘em back, yes bring ‘em back, 

         And then how we Grannies will cheer!

Our bridges and highways are crumbling,

Our teachers and schools need support.

The money that’s now spent on killing,

Should be used to wage peace and not war.

REPEAT CHORUS

 

We should be supporting our students

Who struggle to pay for their loans,

And we should be supporting our families,

While the banks just foreclose on their homes.

REPEAT CHORUS

 

We’ve worked mighty hard for the money

That we pay every year to the Feds,

And we don’t want it paying for warfare,

When we all could have healthcare instead.

REPEAT CHORUS

We’ve always paid our taxes,

We’ve paid them right on time.

We never, ever cheated;

We coughed up every dime.

But we’re sick of always paying for these

Endless, bloody wars

Especially when the payment comes

From the pockets of the poor.

We don’t mind paying taxes

When they pay for things we need

Like schools and jobs and health care

And other worthy deeds.

But when we know our dollars go

To bailouts, bombs and guns

We’ll tell you true, it makes us blue

To see what they have done.

Those greedy corporations

Find loopholes by the score;

They hardly pay a single dime,

While we pay more and more.

Republicans say, “That’s okay,

‘Cause biz’ness needs a break,

So let them be, they ride for free.”

Now don’t that take the cake?

When Uncle Sam gets our tax dollars

We hope that he will heed

These Grannies when we say that they should

Pay for things we need.

We don’t need war and killing,

Or drilling off our shores.

Oh, my! Good grief! We’d get relief

If we stopped these God-damned wars!

On the first day of taxes
my government said to me,
for Schools, Police and Fire Protection.

On the second day of taxes
my government said to me,
Clean drinking water, and
for Schools, Police and Fire Protection.

On the third day of taxes
my government said to me,
Food that’s safe to eat,
Clean drinking water, and
for Schools, Police and Fire Protection.

On the fourth day of taxes
my government said to me,
Emergency health workers,
Food that’s safe to eat,
Clean drinking water, and
for Schools, Police and Fire Protection.

On the fifth day of taxes
my government said to me,
Clean air to breathe,
Emergency health workers,
Food that’s safe to eat,
Clean drinking water, and
for Schools, Police and Fire Protection.

On the sixth day of taxes
my government said to me,
Good roads to drive on,
Clean air to breathe,
Emergency health workers,
Food that’s safe to eat,
Clean drinking water, and
for Schools, Police and Fire Protection.

On the seventh day of taxes
my government said to me,
Sewers to take waste,
Good roads to drive on,
Clean air to breathe,
Emergency health workers,
Food that’s safe to eat,
Clean drinking water, and
for Schools, Police and Fire Protection.

On the eighth day of taxes
my government said to me,
Prisons to hold felons,
Sewers to take waste,
Good roads to drive on,
Clean air to breathe,
Emergency health workers,
Food that’s safe to eat,
Clean drinking water, and
for Schools, Police and Fire Protection.

On the ninth day of taxes
my government said to me,
Parks for play and picnics,
Prisons to hold felons,
Sewers to take waste,
Good roads to drive on,
Clean air to breathe,
Emergency health workers,
Food that’s safe to eat,
Clean drinking water, and
for Schools, Police and Fire Protection.

On the tenth day of taxes
my government said to me,
Libraries for all,
Parks for play and picnics,
Prisons to hold felons,
Sewers to take waste,
Good roads to drive on,
Clean air to breathe,
Emergency health workers,
Food that’s safe to eat,
Clean drinking water, and
for Schools, Police and Fire Protection.

On the eleventh day of taxes
my government said to me,
Health care for our elders,
Libraries for all,
Parks for play and picnics,
Prisons to hold felons,
Sewers to take waste,
Good roads to drive on,
Clean air to breathe,
Emergency health workers,
Food that’s safe to eat,
Clean drinking water, and
for Schools, Police and Fire Protection.

On the twelfth day of taxes
my government said to me,
Help for our veterans,
Health care for our elders,
Libraries for all,
Parks for play and picnics,
Prisons to hold felons,
Sewers to take waste,
Good roads to drive on,
Clean air to breathe,
Emergency health workers,
Food that’s safe to eat,
Clean drinking water, and
for Schools, Police and Fire Protection.

Guns and bombs, nukes and tanks

Mean lots of money in the bank

For KBR and Boeing too

Who foots the bill?

It's me and you

Even if they replace tanks

Those for peace cannot give thanks

A company called ITT

Makes unmanned drones for you and me.

Every drone costs thirteen mil

A "safer way" they say, to kill!

Americans, not in harm's way

But Pakistanis die each day.

Drones over Afghanistan

Kill many women, kids, and men

Controlled from half a world away

They stalk people at work and play.

Thirteen million dollars, wow!

We could use that dough right now

 For teachers here and nurses there

And for green jobs everywhere.

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, we're the 1%

What a shame if you can't pay your rent

You're on the street now, who the hell cares

It ain't no secret, we're not gonna share!

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, war is so great

We love living in a fascist state

Sign up now, before it's too late

We'll fill the world with violence and hate!

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, you ain't got no rights

We'll stop and frisk you, you better not fight

Empty your pockets, and show us the weed

Didn't you know, we've got prisons to feed!

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, yum yum pepper spray

It's just a condiment, as Fox would say

Better not protest, or you'll find out why

We love it so much when it's in your eyes!

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, greedy are we

Mean and small minded is how we want to be

Helping the needy is so yesterday

We don't give a crap so, just go away!

Deck the Capitol with cash,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

We saved you from a Wall Street crash,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Rich folks don your best apparel,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

If you’re poor come in a barrel,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

 

All you rich get more before us,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Jobless go to soup line chorus,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

We observe your merry pleasure,

Fa la la, la la la , la la la.

Celebrate your stolen treasure,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

 

Deck our Liber-ty Park with cheer

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Occupy Wall Street stays here!

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Here’s where good ideas reside,

Fa la la, la la la, la la la.

Occupy Wall Street’s worldwide!

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Good news! # # Occupy Wall Street’s a-coming!

Good news! # # Occupy Wall Street’s a-coming!

Good news! # # Occupy Wall Street’s a-coming!

And you don't want us to leave you behind!

 

     If you can't pay mortgage, student loan or rent

     Welcome to the ninety-nine percent!

Don't you want to know where all the money went?

     You don't want us to leave you behind!

 

Good news! # # Occupy Wall Street’s a-coming!

                  (sing  3 times)

And you don't want us to leave you behind!

 

     If you're a p’lice officer facing pension cuts

Are you sure we're the ones who you want to lock up?

Why not arrest corporate criminals stealin' our bucks?

     You don't want us to leave you behind!

 

Good news! # # Occupy Wall Street’s a-coming!

       (sing  3 times)

And you don't want us to leave you behind!

 

If you like to breathe the air and drink water too,

     Occupy Wall Street is the place for you!?

Stop the toxic corporate greed and let the earth renew!

     You don't want us to leave you behind!

 

Good news! # # Occupy Everywhere’s  a-coming!

        (sing  3 times)

And you don't want us to leave you behind!