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Some of Our Songs

 

 

Most Raging Grannies gaggles write their own lyrics to popular tunes. We usually invite audiences to sing along. The NYC Metro Raging Grannies and Their Daughters have quite a few talented lyricists. Here's a small sample of their work. Songs will be added to this page frequently (and some will be removed).

Breaking News! We now have a CD, Still Aging, Still Raging: Raging Grannies of New York City. To get a copy, please e-mail us: raginggrannies@comicbookradioshow.com

We sang several new songs about LGBT rights at the 2011 Pride March in NYC. This one celebrates the Marriage Equality Act passed by New York State two days before the march.

There Is a New Law in Our State

Tune: “There is a Tavern in the Town”
lyrics by Raging Grannies of Western Massachusetts, rev. Sunny Armer and Susan Lee, NYC Metro Raging Grannies

There Is a new law in our state
That combats attitudes of hate
By giving gays and lesbians their due,
Transgender folks and bi folks, too!

CHORUS
We all celebrate a ruling which says there should be no fooling
Over who can marry whom in all of New York State.

Though other states deny our rights,
There will be challenges and fights,
Then for justice and our dignity we'll sue,
And marriage rights for me and you.

REPEAT CHORUS

Fools say gay marriage is a threat.
They’re out of touch as one can get
We hope the whole wide world will come to see
The choice to marry should be free!

We’re Not Fixin’ to Die Rag
Tune: “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag” as performed by Country Joe and the Fish at Woodstock
Lyrics by Sunny Armer and Corinne Willinger of the NYC Metro Raging Grannies and Their Daughters

Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuNZZKxC5Z8

SING CHORUS FIRST:
And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fightin’ for?
First it was WMD,
Now it’s “stability”.
And it’s five, six, seven,
It’s worse than Watergate.
Force the Congress to open their eyes
We’re sending soldiers to die.

VERSE 1:
Join us, all good women and men,
America’s been asleep again.
The Constitution’s been under attack
Here at home and in Iraq.
If our troops don’t lay down their guns,
We’re gonna have a revolution!

REPEAT CHORUS

VERSE 2:
Moms and Daddies watch your schools;
Recruiters treat your kids like fools.
They promise kids an education
Then they invade another nation.
Troops face bombs and IED’s,
And go home as amputees.

VARIATION ON CHORUS

And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fightin’ for?
Don’t Americans give a damn?
Let’s leave Afghanistan.
And it’s five, six, seven,
It’s worse than Watergate.
Force the Congress to open their eyes
We’re sending soldiers to die.

VERSE 3:

Reservists and the National Guard
Get shipped out: “All aboard!”
If they don’t die on their first tour,
They get sent back for more and more,
They get called up till age 42.
Grannies, they’re coming for you!

FINAL VARIATION ON CHORUS

And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fightin’ for?
Don’t Americans give a damn?
Let’s leave Afghanistan.
And it’s five, six, seven,
It’s worse than Watergate.
Force the Congress to open their eyes
Obama don’t send them to die!

Better Power

Tune: "Turn! Turn! Turn!" (also known as "To Everything There Is a Season")

Lyrics by Pam Drake of the NYC Metro Raging Grannies and Their Daughters

Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuNZZKxC5Z8

If everyone (Turn! Turn! Turn!)
Used solar power (Turn! Turn! Turn!)
We would not need to get our power from oil.
There'd be no drills, no drills for oil.
There'd be no spills, no spills of oil.
There'd be no wars, no wars for oil.
There would be cleaner and cheaper energy.

If everyone (Turn! Turn! Turn!)
Used the wind's power (Turn! Turn! Turn!)
We would not need to get our power from coal.
There would be windmills all over the land.
There'd be no strip mines, they would be banned.
There would be Better Power at our command.
There would be cleaner and cheaper energy.

If everyone (Turn! Turn! Turn!)
Used hydro power (Turn! Turn! Turn!)
There would be no more need for nuclear power.
We'd get our power from cool water's flow,
Instead of the cooling towers we've come to know.
Isn't it time for a new way to go?
Let's work for cleaner and cheaper energy.

We’re All Union Maids G
Tune: “Union Maid”
Lyrics by Corinne Willinger, with assist from Sunny, Shirley and Pam, NYC Metro Raging Grannies
Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dBjbRfIIL0&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

We’re all union maids,
We’ve never been afraid,
To speak our minds for human kind
And wage the fight for what is right.
We’re always on the go;
We’re there in rain and snow;
We know the way to have our say
Raging Grannies show the way.

Oh you can’t scare our Wisconsin Workers
We’re sticking with the Unions,
We’re sticking with the Workers!
And you can’t scare us,
We need good wages,
Unfair rules enrage us,
Make it fair for all.

You women who want to be free
Just take a tip from me,
Join our cause, fire bad Governors,
Unionize for Democracy.
Women workers inspire;
We Grannies all admire.
We’re at the helm and we’ll overwhelm,
The corp-or-rate Empire.

Oh you can’t scare our Wisconsin Workers
We’re sticking with the Unions,
We’re sticking with the Workers!
And you can’t scare us,
We need good wages,
Unfair rules enrage us,
Make it fair for all!

The Prison Industrial Complex

Tune: “The Halls of Montezuma”
Lyrics by Alice Sutter, NYC Metro Raging Grannies

From the Cells of Riker's Island
To Colorado's C-M-U
We are locking down the people.
We can make some room for you.
Folks of color, Muslims, immigrants.
Now more activists are next.
We keep our corporations rich!
The Prison Industrial Complex!

We can cage you without charges,
Like Guantanamo detainees.
No parole for political prisoners,
Who stood up for what you believe.
We round up hard-working immigrants
And we send them far away.
And we trump up "terrorist" charges
To lock up Muslims every day.

We send City kids to upstate jails
Far from friends and family.
Since they pad the upstate census,
You lose funds in NYC.
Oh we raid the homes of activists,
Hope to throw them in the pen.
But we'll keep big bankers free and rich
So they can rob you once again.

From the Cells of Riker's Island
To Colorado's C-M-U
We are locking down the people.
We can make some room for you.
Folks of color, Muslims, immigrants.
Now more activists are next.
We keep our corporations rich!
The Prison Industrial Complex!

Note: CMU: “Communication Management Unit”

Endless Wars
Tune: “We Shall Not Be Moved”

Lyrics: Pam Drake, NYC Metro Raging Grannies

In 2008 the song was "Bush's Wars." Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf58OX4SntQ

You can hear us singing this version (and being interviewed) in the archives of WBAI. Go here http://archive.wbai.org/AllShows.php and look for Clearwater Hudson River Revival Festival, 12 noon. (Other talk and music precedes our interview.)

We, shall not pay for Endless Wars;
We, shall not pay for Endless Wars.
We’ll pay for jobs
and health and education,
Not for Endless Wars!

We don’t want Obama;
fighting Endless Wars,
We don’t want Obama;
fighting Endless Wars,
We should all tell the pres- i- dent
at whitehouse - dot - gov !
No more Endless Wars!

Congress, work on health care,
not for Endless Wars;
Congress, work on new jobs,
not for Endless Wars.
We want to work,
on opportunities at home,
Not for Endless Wars!

Let’s all work together,
home from Endless Wars,
Let’s all work together,
home from Endless Wars,
We should bring all
the troops home from those wars
right now.
No more Endless Wars!
NO MORE Endless WARS!!!

Don't Kick Us Out
Tune: "Don’t Fence Me In"

Adapted from lyrics by Lillian Pollak of the NYC Metro Raging Grannies, by Sunny Armer, Raging Grannies WOWW

Oh give us space, a little space,
Under starry skies above.
Don't kick us out!
Let us live and work
In this great country that we love.
Don't kick us out!

Though some of us may come here poor and hungry,
We work real hard, we pay our rent,
We spend our money,
Let all of us be citizens of this fair country.
Don't kick us out!

Oh give us space, a little space,
Under starry skies above.
Don't kick us out!
Let us live and work
In this great country that we love.
Don't kick us out!

The Dream Act is gonna make the US strong.
We earned the right to say this country is where we belong!
That’s why the law in Arizona is so wrong.
Don't kick us out!

Recycling Rocks

Tune: "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms
Lyrics: Sally Brown and Mercy Van Vlack, NYC Metro Raging Grannies and Their Daughters


Recycling, Recycling, Recycling rocks !
Recycling swings, and Recycling brings:
Tying and sorting is bushels of fun !
Now recycling has begun!

Recycling, Recycling, Recycling rocks !
Recycled cans chime , in recycling time.
If you don't want garbage, piled up to your chin,
Recycling must begin!

What a nice time, do it right time
Bring your own bags to the sales.
Keep your stuff clean, out of the sly-ime,
Clean up the ocean and save the whales!


Recycling for everyone, not just for kids,
Recycling on your block!
Recycling cycles like the seasons of life,
Because Recycling,
Yeah, Recycling ,
Your Recycling Rocks!

Anti-Nuke Environmentalists

Tune: “She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain”
Lyrics by Sunny Armer, Raging Grannies WOWW, inspired by by “Radical Environmentalists” by Kay Thode of the Seattle Raging Grannies

You can hear us interviewed and singing this song, among others, in the archives of WBAI. Go here http://archive.wbai.org/AllShows.php and look for Clearwater Hudson River Revival Festival, 12 noon. (Other talk and music precedes our interview.)

Raging Grannies are environmentalists.
We are anti-nuke environmentalists.
We protect our air and water.
We won’t be led to the slaughter.
We say Indian Point should not exist.

We know tons of facts regarding nuclear waste.
When it leaks into our water there's no taste,
But it's poison all the sa-ame.
Entergy is who we bla-ame.
Shut down the power plant with all due haste.

If Entergy still spins what it has spun,
And their fight for relicensing is won,
Fifteen million on the roads
May flee from their doomed abodes,
A fifty-mi-ile race they’ll have to run.

There are twenty tons of new waste every year,
All created by the nuclear pow’r plant here.
Entergy can swear on Bibles
That it's “safe, secure, and vital”
But we're sure not gonna swallow what we hear.

The plant’s a target for terrorist bombs.
When we think about Japan’s quake, we have qualms.
There's no anti-nuke insurance,
Which means there's no assurance
That we will not be blown to Kingdom Come.

Bring us solar, bring us hydro, bring us wind.
Bring us energy from sources that won't end.
Before we could trust uranium,
We'd need holes in our cranium.
We haven’t yet gone that far ’round the bend!

Shut Down Indian Point!

Tune: “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”
Lyrics by Sunny Armer, NYC Metro and Raging Grannies WOWW, inspired by “Cleanup Hanford” by Kay Thode of the Seattle Raging Grannies

Oh, Entergy says not to worry.
‘Cause earthquakes can’t happen here, no.
But under the Indian Point plant
Lurks the fault zone that’s called Ramapo.

Before a quake there could be terrorists.
They know there’s a big target here.
We must stop the push to relicense!
We cannot wait even one year!

Shut it down! Shut it down!
Indian Point is unsafe, we know!
Shut it down! Shut it down!
Indian Point has to go!

Look at routes for evacuation
If Indian Point should melt down.
Go test-drive those roads for escapin’
And learn you can’t get out of town.

Oh, NRC, rule as you ought to!
You know you should issue a ban
To save New York State from such horrors
As the tragic events in Japan.

Shut it down! Shut it down!
Indian Point is unsafe, we know!
Shut it down! Shut it down!
Indian Point has to go!

Notes: The NRC is a federal agency which regulates nuclear power. The Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant is in Westchester County, NY. It is owned by a company called Entergy. If Indian Point's license is not renewed the plant will be shut down in about five years. To get in touch with groups working against Indian Point, go to http://www.ipsecinfo.org and http://www.riverkeeper.org

Marriage Equality Song
Tune: “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”

Lyrics by Sunny Armer and Mercy Van Vlack, NYC Metro Raging Grannies, inspired by Joan Borgos of the Western Massachusetts Raging Grannies

Ring wedding bells for brides and grooms,
Trans, bi, and gay - (solo: AND STRAIGHT!)
For every sexuality, A wedding day!
One man one woman is just one style:
Love is what will raise a child!
All of us will work till gays have equal rights.

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” was not the way
To serve with pride.
That law's repealed, our troops no longer
Have to hide.
The closet’s not a friendly place.
We all could use a lot of space.
All of us will work till gays have equal rights!

Gay activists who fought for troops
Can help us learn.
How bills like Proposition 8, Get overturned.
Sexuality’s not always straight,
It’s something you can’t legislate.
All of us will work till gays have equal rights!

Corporations Run the World
Tune: “California Here We Come”
Lyrics by Sunny Armer and Corinne Willinger of the NYC Metro Raging Grannies and Their Daughters
Corporations here they come,
Causing pandemonium.
Supreme Court – rewards them –
and lets them expand.
And now that – they’re unleashed –
Our elections they’ll command.
They can make us cower more.
They can buy their power more.
All their greed can flower more.
Corporations rule the world.

Great big banks are here to stay,
Wall street firms won’t go away.
They’re better – than human – can’t go to jail.
And Congress – preserves them –
Saying they’re too big to fail.
Elections should not be bankrolled
By companies with lots of gold.
Votes should not be bought and sold!
Corporations rule the world.

Halliburton, here it comes, causing pandemonium.
TransOcean – and BP – drilled for more oil;
They flooded - the whole Gulf –
And now all life there is despoiled so
We must stop their power now,
Stop their oily shower now,
Make this their last hour now.
Let the people run the world!

Jobs are going up in smoke.
States and towns are going broke.
Our highways – and bridges – need major repairs,
But Congress – insists that –
They haven’t got a buck to spare.
Make corporations pay their share.
And tax every billionaire;
Our deficit will disappear,
Let the people run the world!

More songs by NYC Metro Raging Grannies and Their Daughters

You can see many more lyrics written by Grannies from all over the US and Canada at http://raginggrannies.net

We share some of our songs with Raging Grannies WOWW. Their songs are at http://raginggrannieswoww.org/Songs.html