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About David Rovics

David Rovics grew up in a family of classical musicians in Wilton, Connecticut, and became a fan of populist regimes early on. By the early 90's he was a full-time busker in the Boston subways and by the mid-90's he was traveling the world as a professional flat-picking rabble-rouser. These days David lives in Portland, Oregon and tours regularly on four continents, playing for audiences large and small at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union halls and protest rallies. He has shared the stage with a veritable who's who of the left in two dozen countries, and has had his music featured on Democracy Now!, BBC, Al-Jazeera and other networks. His essays are published regularly on CounterPunch and elsewhere, and the 200+ songs he makes available for free on the web have been downloaded more than a million times. Most importantly, he's really good. He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, he will make the revolution irresistible.



The town is mostly black, almost all the cops are white
You can see it right away, something isn't right
There's no funding for the schools and they're being shut down
The powers that be don't give a shit about the town

They were walking in the street, it's the safest place to be
In case someone comes shooting, you got a better view to see
They were walking in the street, they weren't hurting anyone
Then came a white man with a badge and a gun

His hands were in the air (4x)

“Get the fuck off the sidewalk,” that's what the cop said
He cut them off in his car, fat face, blood red
The cop says he was attacked, and from a cursory check
It seems his fingers were assaulted by Michael Brown's neck

There were witnesses who saw it, it was recorded on a phone
But the police couldn't handle the light that would've shone
She was forced to hand it over so they could try to hide away
A racist execution in the middle of the day

He had just finished high school and was off to college next
Instead he was shot and killed with no pretext
The media joined in, called the community a mob
A cop called them animals while Michael's mother sobbed

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  •  Just wanted to get it out there (12+ / 0-)

    We sick an' tired of-a your ism-skism game - Dyin' 'n' goin' to heaven in-a Jesus' name. Bob Marley

    by BOHICA on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 07:10:21 AM PDT

  •  Yet many still insist there is no discrimination. (7+ / 0-)



    I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

    Trust, but verify. - Reagan
    Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

    by Words In Action on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 07:25:58 AM PDT

  •  Excellent! (6+ / 0-)
    The media joined in, called the community a mob
    NPR just stated that "Police in camouflage had to use tear gas".
    You know that something has gone seriously wrong when Infowars is more accurate and honest than NPR.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 07:31:51 AM PDT

  •  My thoughts go to thinking (5+ / 0-)

    Ferguson needs an influx of freedom riders. I'm too old and too far away damn it.

    We sick an' tired of-a your ism-skism game - Dyin' 'n' goin' to heaven in-a Jesus' name. Bob Marley

    by BOHICA on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 07:32:27 AM PDT

  •  One Wonders (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    BOHICA, gerald 1969, llbear

    Why weren't law enforcement dressed to the hilt and looking like they were ready to attack at the bundy ranch, other teabag Poser Patriot gatherings!

    Why is it whenever 'peaceful protests' take place law enforcement are dressed to the hilt and actually ready to attack, often do, notice how you see none protecting any property from looting but plenty of pics and video's as it happens!

    Actually one doesn't wonder, this isn't anything new nor is coverage of, more as to so called radicalism and vandalism at those peaceful rallies with maybe known coming civil disobedience!

    Then every wonders why there is damaging blowback, but in wondering their love it, gives them the talking points they need to grow the fears in the controlled society, wishin more could be controlled!!  

    "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    by jimstaro on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 07:43:23 AM PDT

  •  excellent tune! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    llbear, glitterscale

    really well-crafted and moving. thanks for passing it on.

    i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

    by joe shikspack on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 10:25:57 AM PDT

  •  The 3 most lethal weapons to use on an (0+ / 0-)

    out-of-control government:

    1. Loud and Defiant Music
    2. Derisive laughter directed at stupid government "leaders"
    3. People in the streets

    It's only a matter of hours before the Ferguson cops realize their dominance is over. The most visible cops who murdered Mike Brown will be arrested in September, resign, and be given security jobs in November after the elections. They will never be tried.

    When we will ever learn? When we will ever learn?

    The time has come to repair this country and care for its' veterans.

    by llbear on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 11:31:29 AM PDT

  •  David Rovics is awesome. Had the privilege of (0+ / 0-)

    hearing him live 2 times in the last 3 years. How many Black people have to die before we all rise up against police brutality? Or will we wait until it hits us ?

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 06:51:56 PM PDT

  •  But you know, according to the lametsream media, (0+ / 0-)

    it is all the unarmed/non-violent Blacks who are dangerous. On the contrary, I am very surprised that Blacks haven't turned violent given the massive amount of murder and violence visited upon their communities.

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 06:55:39 PM PDT

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