How we gonna make Wall Street pay (with Anitek)

Lonnie Ray Atkinson on November 06, 2011 19:53

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How we gonna make Wall Street pay (with Anitek)

Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson

Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson

Music Track: 3 Instrumentals (Windmills, Sunrise, and Gray Area) by Anitek
(http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/Anitek and Anitek (TripHop))

This is a song for all those present or in solidarity with OccupyWallStreet. It is under the Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0.

Lyrics:

verse one:

you know there's cats who got time for shoplifting

low-level hustle and street grifting

knowing they going up for a nickel and dime

but when it comes to credit default swaps on subprime

these cats steal billions, get bailed out with trillions

get fired and walk away with a killing

and when they settle, it's for pennies on the dollar

they say that crime don't pay, i say check the color of your collar

i won't - be happy til them white collars do a blue collar bid

and the whole world knows what they did

i'm talking jailbirds / yeah, them too big to failbirds

bailouts to too big to bailbirds

that's right, no bail no bounce

jury foreman hollering guilty on all counts

what you waiting for, is there something i missed

i wanna hear cuffs clanking strangling they naked wrists

i wanna hear CEOs hollering numbers for names

I wanna hear lobbyists in the next cell doing the same

i wanna hear stock brokers breaking rocks in the rain

i wanna hear a hedge fund choir singing chain chain chain

yeah what a sound, their whole world turned upside down

going from forbes 400 to mug shots

country clubs to gen pop / and it don't stop

living high on the hog to low key in the pokey

symphonies and operas to solitary karaoke

i want to see their face when it's sunk in, toilet wine drunken

penthouse to bottom bunking

chorus:

- are you tired of sitting through this same old foul play / then tell me how we gonna make wall street pay

- if them punk politicians let them crooks get away / then tell me how we gonna make wall street pay

- if your conscience won't allow you to look the other way / then tell me how we gonna make wall street pay

- if you want justice and you can't wait another day / then tell me how we gonna make wall street pay

second verse:

but, wait, what if we can't indict 'em

well what you think, we gotta find other ways to fight 'em

be creative, sharpen your minds, sharpen your pencils,

hit 'em old school, spray paint, stickers and stencils

adbusting, walls of shame, faces and names

culture jammers, you gotta step up your game

put their resolve to the test

everywhere they go, they hearing "citizen's arrest"

yes men style, public humiliation

make 'em prisoners to their filthy reputation

boycotts and ostricization

long term and flash occupations,

investors and shareholders' meetings, every chance we get

every party they throw you know we crashing it

from the websites to the jobsites, slow 'em down

from direct action to class action, it's going down

wipe that sinful of grin off they faces

with bad press, falling stocks, and civil cases

From wall street to y'all's street we gonna find a way

i said from lawyers to subprime paupers, everybody say

chorus:

- are you tired of sitting through this same old foul play / then tell me how we gonna make wall street pay

- if them punk politicians let them crooks get away / then tell me how we gonna make wall street pay

- if your conscience won't allow you to look the other way / then tell me how we gonna make wall street pay

- if you want justice and you can't wait another day / then tell me how we gonna make wall street pay

third verse:

and if they still think it's funny, if they still think it's funny

move your money, move your money

and see how long they laugh when there's a run on cash

withdraw it all, close your account and make the dash

to credit unions and small locally owned banks

tell them piggy bankers no thanks

change your habits, change your lifestyle, make your life smile

but if you want these changes to be worthwhile

we gotta figure bigger ways to resist 'em

you wanna hit 'em where it hurts you hit the system

that means you change the institutions

build the foundation for a real revolution

liberation through democratic innovation

start with coops and worker run organizations

grow your own networks like solidarity economy

permaculture and open source ecology

parecon, alternative visions

now, tell me what's it gonna take for us to make the decision

chorus:

- are you tired of sitting through this same old foul play / then tell me how we gonna make wall street pay

- if them punk politicians let them crooks get away / then tell me how we gonna make wall street pay

- if your conscience won't allow you to look the other way / then tell me how we gonna make wall street pay

- if you want justice and you can't wait another day / then tell me how we gonna make wall street pay

This song is under the Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0.

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