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BOUND FOR FREEDOM
(? 1997 Pat Humphries, Moving Forward Music, B)

Here I go, bound for freedom
May my truth take the lead
Not the preacher, not the congress,
Not the millionaire but me.
I will organize for justice.
I will raise my voice in song
And our children will be free to lead the
world and carry on.

BY THE RIVERS OF BABYLON / ON THE ROAD TO THE SOA
(B. Dowe & T. McNaughton/adapted)

1. On the road to the SOA, there we sat down
and there we wept, when we remembered the bloodshed.

There the wicked! Carry us away captivity, require of us a song
How can we sing a freedom song in a strange land?
So let the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts
Be acceptable in thy sight over all.

2. Within those prison walls, there we sat down...
3. On the road to the Pentagon...

CIRCLE SONG
(?1982,1989 Linda Hirschhorn)

Circle ?round for freedom. Circle ?round for peace.
For all of us imprisoned circle for release.
Circle for the planet. Circle for each soul.
For the children of our children keep the circle whole.

CLOSE DOWN THE SOA
(Sing It Down)

1. Close down the SOA
we don't need it anyway
North and South the people say
Close down the SOA
2. Close down the SOA
or we will civilly disobey
and you will have some hell to pay
Close down the SOA

IF YOU WANT PEACE (WORK FOR JUSTICE)
(Charlie King)

If you want peace work for justice (3x)
No justice, no peace.

NEVER TURNING BACK
(Pat Humphries)

1. We're gonna keep on walking forward, keep on walking forward
Keep on walking forward, never turning back, never turning back.

We?re gonna keep on singing loudly...
We?re gonna close the SOA...
We?re gonna tear down walls of hatred...
We?re gonna open prison doors...

NO BASTA REZAR
(Central American)

No, no, no basta rezar. Hacen falta muchas cosas para consequir la paz. (2x)
(No, no, it?s not enough to pray. There?s a lot of work to do before the peace can come our way.)

NO MAS!
(John McCutheon /adapted)

No mas, no more, shout the hills of Salvador
echo the voices of the world, we cry out "NO MAS! NO MORE!"

No mas, no more - we must stop the dirty wars,
compa?eros, compa?eras, we cry out, "NO MAS! NO MORE!

PAZ Y LIBERTAD
(Jose Luis Orozco)

Paz, queremos paz, y libertad en este mundo.
Peace, we all want peace, and liberty in this world.

SIYAHAMBA
(South African Freedom Song)

Si-ya-hamb' e-ku-kha-nyen' kwen-khos'
si-ya-hamb' e-ku-kha-nyen' kwen-khos. (2x)
Si-ya' ham-ba, ham-ba, si-ya-ham-ba, ham-ba
Si-ya-hamb' e-ku-kha-nyen' kwen-khos. (2x)

1. We are marching in the light of God (4x)
We are marching, we are marching, we are marching in the light of God. (2x)

2. Caminamos en la luz de Dios...
3. We are marching to say never again...
4. Hoy queremos decir nunca mas...

STEP BY STEP
(traditional)

Step by step the longest march, can be won, can be won
Many stones can form an arch, singly none, singly none.
Then by union what we will, can be accomplished still.
Drops of water turn a mill, singly none, singly none.

WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED
(traditional)

We shall not, we shall not be moved (2x)
just like a tree that's standing by the water / We shall not be moved.
1. Close the SOA...
2. The struggle will go forward...
3. Never again, no more...
4. The truth cannot be silenced...

No, no, no nos moveran (2x)
Como un arbol firme junto al rio/ no nos moveran.
1. Cierra el SOA, no nos moveran...
2. Luchamos con el pueblo...
3. Nunca mas, basta ...
4. Basta a la mentira...

SWIMMING TO THE OTHER SIDE
(? 1992 Pat Humphries, Moving Forward Music, BMI)

We are living ?neath the great big dipper
We are washed by the very same rain
We are swimming in this stream together
Some in power and some in pain
We can worship this ground we walk on
Cherishing the beings that we live beside
Loving spirits will live forever
We?re all swimming to the other side

PEACE (PAZ), sALAAM, sHALOM
(? 2001 Pat Humphries & Sandy Opatow, Moving Forward Music, BMI
www.pathumphries.com)

Paz, Salaam, Shalom (x4)

(repeat each line 4 times except for names of cities)

We believe in peace
We will work for peace
We can live in peace

Jerusalem, Ramallah, in Tel Aviv in Washington
In Hebron, in Bagdad in Bogota in New York City

We believe in peace
Paz, Salaam, Shalom

SPIRIT OF THE MARTYRS
(lyrics by Jeff Winder/music unknown)

The cries of the poor rise up to the heavens
The blood of the martyrs spills into the earth
Nourishes the seeds of our hope for freedom
Wakes in us the power that is ours by birth.

Spirit of the martyrs come and live within us
Let us be your voices as you show us the way
Kindle in our spirits a love for justice
Guide us through this night into the light of the day.

Spirit of resistance come and rise among us
Hearts on fire, bodies working as one
Give birth to the struggle for our liberation
Ain't no stopping 'til our freedom is won.

The spirit's gonna rise up in my people
Wake us from our sleeping for the time is at hand
It's gonna take us to the depths of our true power
Make our voices heard all over this land.

There's love that can move mountains running in my spirit
Joy like a fountain running through my bones
Peace like a river gonna wash my fears away
Power that's within is gonna carry me home

BRIGHT MORNIN? STAR ARISIN?

Bright mornin? star arisin?, bright mornin? star arisin?,
Bright mornin? star arisin?, day?s a breakin? in my soul.

Close the SOA, close the SOA,
Close the SOA, day?s a breakin? in my soul.

EVIL OF THE SOA
(melody of Battle of Jericho/adapted)

We all shook the evil of the SOA, the SOA, the SOA
We all shook the evil of the SOA
And the walls came a'tumblin' down.

1. You can talk about training soldiers
You can talk about human rights
But we all know the truth about the SOA
And the walls will come a tumblin? down.

2. Many spirits walk before us
Their witness makes the sound
Of a heartbeat fueled by fire
And the walls come a tumblin? down.

3. We gathered at Ft. Benning
Twelve thousand people strong
?Cause the truth will not be silenced,
As we lift our voices in song.

4. Well, I?ve heard God?s voice on the mountaintop
In the desert and by the sea
Crying, ?Rise up against those SOA walls
And you too shall be free!?

GUANTANAMERA
(Jose Marti & Jose Fernandez)

1. Yo soy un hombre sincero, de donde crece la palma (2x)
Y antes de morirme quiero echar mis versos de alma

Refrain: Guantanamera, guajira, Guantanamera (2x)

2. Mi verso es de un verde claro y de un carmin encendido (2x)
Mi verso es un ciervo herido que busca en el monte amparo
3. Con los pobres de la tierra quiero yo mi suerte echar (2x)
El arroyo de la sierra me complace mas que el mar

NOW IS THE TIME TO RISE UP
(unknown)

Now is the time to rise up; people, people never give up.
It?s time to reclaim history; freedom never, never came for free
Now is the time to rise up; people, people never give up.
It?s time to reshape history; freedom never, never came for me.

OH MARY DON?T YOU WEEP
(spiritual/adapted)

Refrain: Oh, Mary don?t you weep, don?t you moan (2x)
Pharaoh?s army got drownded, oh Mary don?t you weep.

1. One of these days in the middle of the night,
People gonna rise up and set things right, Pharaoh?s army?
2. One of these days you?ll hear the sound
Of the SOA walls a falling down, Pharaoh?s army?
3. Sisters and brothers, we call out your names,
The rising blood of you pain, Pharaoh?s army?
4. Students from across the land,
Raise their voices and take a stand, Pharaoh?s army?

PUT IT IN THE GROUND
(Wobblies)

Put it in the ground, spread it all around.
Dig it with a hoe, it?ll make your flowers grow.

RICH MAN?S HOUSE
(Human Rights? Choir)

Refrain: Going down to the rich man?s house, take back what he stole from me
Take back my dignity, take back my humanity (2x)

1. Going over the SOA, take back what they stole from me?
2. Going over to the World Bank?
3. Going over to the IMF?

RISE UP
(unknown)

Rise up keep the spirit alive; come together got to fight to survive
Rise up it won?t be long; come together keep our movement strong.

SIPH? AMANDLA NKOSI
(South African Freedom Song)

Refrain: Siph? amandla Nkosi, wokungesabi
Siph? amandla Nkosi, siyawadinga.
1. God give us power, to rip down prisons. God give us power, to lift the people.
2. God give us courage to withstand hatred. God give us courage not to be bitter.
3. God give us power and make us fearless. God give us power because we need it.

SOON AND VERY SOON
(traditional/adapted)

Refrain: Soon and very soon, we are gonna change this world (3x)
Together, forever we?re gonna change this world.

1. Close the SOA, we are gonna change this world?
2. Saying NO! to torture?
3. Nunca mas, no more?
4. Crossing the line?

TIME IS RUNNING OUT
(same melody as "We Shall Not Be Moved")

Refrain: Time, time, time is running out (2x)
You know corruption?s in the land, why don?t the people take a stand? Time is running out.

1. Go tell the IMF time is running out?
2. Go tell the World Bank?
3. We?re here at the SOA ?cause time is running out?

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
(Florence Reese)

Refrain: Which side are you on? Which side are you on?
1. My daddy was a miner, he?s now in the air and sun
And I?ll stick with the union ?til every battle?s won.
2. The say in Harlan County, there are no neutrals there
You?re either with the union, or a thug for J. H. Blair.
3. O workers can you stand it? O tell me how you can?
Will you be a crummy scab or lend us all a hand?
4. Don?t scab for the bosses, don?t listen to their lies
Us poor folks haven?t got a chance, unless we organize.

AIN?T AFRAID OF YOUR JAIL
(unknown/adapted)

1. Ain?t afraid of your jail ?cause I want my freedom
I want my freedom, I want my freedom
Ain?t afraid of your jail ?cause I want my freedom
I want my freedom now!

2. Ain?t afraid of your hose?
3. Ain?t afraid of your dogs?
4. Ain?t afraid of your guns?
5. Ain?t afraid of your laws?
6. Ain?t afraid of your money?
7. Ain?t afraid of your hate?

JACOB?S LADDER
(traditional/adapted)

1. We are climbing Jacob?s Ladder (3x)
Brothers, sisters, all (alternate: ?Sisters, brothers, all? etc.)
2. Every rung goes higher, higher?
3. We are dancing Sarah?s circle?
4. Every round a generation?
5. We are marching for peace and justice?
6. Spirits of the martyrs move us forward?
7. Todos unidos en paz (3x)
Hermanos, hermanas, todos

CLOSE THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS (STAND UP FOR JUSTICE)
(to the tune of ?Wade in the Water?)

Chorus: Stand up for justice! Stand up for justice, people!
Stand up for justice! Close the School of the Americas!
1. It?s a school of assassins, a school of shame! (Close the School of the Americas!)
Not with my money, and not in my name! (Close the School of the Americas!)
2. They killed Oscar Romero in El Salvador! (Close the School of the Americas!)
They?re waging a war against the poor! (Close the School of the Americas!)
3. They teach torture, murder, hatred, and fear! (Close the School of the Americas!)
Too many dead, too many disappeared! (Close the School of the Americas!)

BACK TO WHERE WE CAME FROM
(by Hugh Masakela adapted by SOAW music workshop)

1. We swim up river to gather all together.
We come together a people whole and different. (2x)

Refrain: We?re bringing this back to where we came from.
Strong currents going back the where we came from.(2x)

2. So many stories all in one common strand.
Our tiny whirlpool becomes a mighty dream. (2x)

GOING DOWN THAT ROAD FEELING BAD
(traditional/adapted)

1. Going down that road feeling bad
I?m going down that road feeling bad
I?m going down that road feeling bad, Lord, Lord
And I ain?t gonna be treated this a way

2. I?m gonna speak my mind & I don?t care
3. Gonna tell my family what you done?
4. Going down that long lonesome road?
5. Even behind bars we speak the truth?
6. I might be scared but here I stand?
7. My brothers & my sisters walk with me
8. Going down that road seeking truth?
9. Going down that road feeling good?

CLOSE THE SCHOOL DOWN
(music by Si Kahn, lyrics by Dave Martin and Si Kahn)

Chorus: Close the school down! (8x)
(sing ?Close the school down!? after each line of verse)

1. The School of Torture
Has trained the killers
Has fueled the hatred
Has killed our people
But we won?t be silenced
Our voices rising
We stand in witness
To the ones who?ve fallen

2. Have you seen the dead ones?
With the blood still on them
They?re walking with us
On this road to freedom
The road is bloody
The load is heavy
It is our burden
It is our journey

3. There is no jail term
Can break our spirit
Too much blood has spilt
To turn back silent
The disappeared ones
The raped and tortured
Are standing with us
Will guide us forward

4. In death and anguish
The people suffered
By violence and pain
They?ve crushed our bodies
But our spirit won?t bow
To a reign of terror
We call for justice
We call for closure
 

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