Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Apartheid No, Liberation Yes

Apartheid no,
Liberation yes.

Listen to the voices rising over Africa.

Apartheid no,
Liberation yes.

Listen to the people singing of Azania.

Apartheid no,
Liberation yes.

Apartheid no, liberation yes.

Apartheid no,
Liberation yes.

Carole Rose Livingston (c) 1983
(January, following the S.A.M.R.A.F. demonstration in front of the South African Airways office on Fifth Avenue in New York City)

This is a song for a large group, preferably walking in a demonstration. The main body of the group sings the chorus, over and over. The soloist (or second team) sings the chorus 3x, then the first verse 3x, then the chorus 3x, then the second verse 3x, chorus 3x, third verse 3x, chorus 3x. Then, by repeating the "liberation yes" half of the chorus once, the soloist converts the song into a round. After aa time, the soloist signals the ending by retarding and singing the slightly altered final notes.

Ideally, this song should be accompanied by six African drums. And it welcomes additional verses.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Anti-Choice Terrorists

words: Carole Rose Livingston @1994

tune: Get Thee Behind Me, Satan

They love your foetus,
But they hate your guts.
They say they're right-to-lifers,
But they're violent nuts

Oh what hypocrisy!
With all their piety
They are a violent menace,
A menace to society.

They're crazy aas a coot.
They hear voices in their head
Preaching, "Save the foetus.
Kill the woman instead."


They don't give a damn for life.
Their dogma is above
They commit murder
In the name of love.


They terrorize the doctors,
Harass their kids at school.
This is how they're practicing
The Golden Rule.


They're bullies and they're bombers.
They are arsonists.
They're stalkers and they'rre snipers.
They are terrorists.


Well, now my song is ending,
And here's the point of it.
The right-to-life movement
Is a lying crock of shit.

Alternate chorus:
With all their piety--
Oh what hypocrisy!
They are a violent mance,
A clear and present danger,
A menace to democracy.


Saturday, July 25, 2009



The Anti-Choice Terrorists (tune: Get Thee Behind Me, Satan)
Apartheid No, Liberation Yes (2 parts round)
The Ballad Of Bobby Sands
The Free Parade
Got the Sun In The Morning And The Wind At Night (tune: Got The Sun In The Morning)
Hey, Little Birdie
Hey, Man!
I Am A Working Woman (tune: Old Joe Clark)
I'm A Friend Of The Foetus
If You Lie Down
Ireland's Struggle Is A Women's Struggle
Joe Doyle's
Let The Light Shine On
Little Furry Things (llulabye To A Cat)
The Mensch Song
Moon Daughter (a menstruation chant)
My O My O Myomectomy
No More
Nobody Needs A Nuke (a.k.a. Everyone Needs A Hug And A Kiss)
Penelope's Lament
Power To The People
Queen Among The Roses
The RU 486 Waltz
Sauce For The Goose
Shalom ve Salaam
Sun Power, Wind Power
This Is Not A Prison
This Tree
Two Prayers
We Are Branches
When I Was Just A Girl (Carl's Waltz)


Sparrow Flight
At Night
Daddy's Little Audience
When I Am Old and Dry
I Write for Women
Forty-five in the Washroom Mirror
Glory at the Movies
And the Winners ARe...
That Boy
Theft Insurance
My City
Cassandra: A Bedtime Story
To Make a Better World
Sonnet: Affirming Atheism
Post Mortem
Elegy on a Cigarette
I've Been Many Kinds of Addict
I Want Visceral Rewards
The Stone Speaks
You Touched Me Everywhere
The Drunken Soliloquy of Prince Charming as the Clock Strikes One
And on the 1002nd Night
To Carry Haiku
My Cherished Friend: The Charming Stranger
Mr. Right


A Hyacinth for the Urban Soul
A Hyacinth for the Departed Soul
James and the Twenty-Seven Bicycles