Gerrymand’ring

[We sang this song on opening day of the North Carolina Legislature’s Special Session, when its extreme right wing, which holds a veto-proof  majority, once again failed to draw new maps to undo what the Supreme Court declared to be their unconstitutional gerrymandering of our election districts.]

 

CHORUS: Gerry… Gerrymand’ring!
A dirty rotten scheme.

Today’s the day our legislators take their seats;
Thought that they were being so discreet,
Drawing up new maps designed to split our votes,
But they’re the same old trash, as we all know.

Gerry… Gerrymand’ring!
A dirty rotten scheme.

They say that they’re working for democracy,
But we see through their hypocrisy.
They know they’d be defeated if voting were fair,
So they rig the maps so voters haven’t a prayer.

Gerry… Gerrymand’ring!
A dirty rotten scheme.

They want to choose their voters and their judges, too
But we see through their schemes and we know what to do:
We all will come together and expose their game,
And send them packing with their lies, their greed, and their shame.

Gerry… Gerrymand’ring!
A dirty rotten scheme.

We can’t just chalk this up to politics;
These are rotten schemers but we’ve got the fix:
They try to keep us silent, throw us into jail
But in the streets and in the Courts the people will prevail.

                  No more Gerrymand’ring!
The people will prevail!

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