Songs from Alana Tartaro

Alana and friends (Anne Sensenig, for one) made us clips of songs to listen and sing along to! Lyrics are typed out below.

<Parentheses indicate places where you have the option to add your own lyrics. Suggested replacements follow the song and are marked by a ()


Which Side Are You On?  Florence Reese

 Listen

Which side are you on?
The people are saying it's not okay.
They're asking and asking,
Still you won't say. 

() Officers; friends


Step by Step Pete Seeger

 Listen

Step by step the longest march, can be won, can be won.
And by union what we will, can be accomplished still.
Drops of water turn a mill, singly none, singly none.


We're Gonna Rise Up

Listen

We're gonna rise up, rise up till it's won.
When the people rise up* the powers come down.* 
They tried to stop us, but we keep coming back.
*Optional echo.
 
Solid as a Rock
 
Solid as a rock
Rooted as a tree
We are here
Standin' strong
In our rightful place*
*Echo each line
 
We Shall Not Be Moved Pete Seeger

 Listen

(We shall not), we shall not be moved,
(We shall not), we shall not be moved.
Just like a tree that's planted by the water,
We shall not be moved
() People over money; All of us together; Standing side by side; Fighting for justice; Fighting for safety; Fighting for peace
 
We're Gonna Keep Moving Forward Pat Humphries
 
We're gonna (keep on moving forward)
We're gonna (keep on moving forward)
We're gonna (keep on moving forward)
Never turning back
Never turning back
 
() Fight for change together; Fight for peace and justice; Singing loudly; Loving boldly;
 
Hold on
Listen

Paul and Silas bound in jail
Had no money top pay their bail
Keep your hand on the plow
Hold on, hold on, hold on
Keep your hand on the plow, hold on

Paul and Silas began to shout
The jail doors opened and they walked right out
Keep your hand on the plow
Hold on, hold on, hold on
Keep your hand on the plow, hold on

The only chains that we can stand
Are the chains of hand in hand
Keep your hand on the plow
Hold on, hold on, hold on
Keep your hand on the plow, hold on


May the Life I Lead

Listen


May the (life I lead)*
Speak for me*
When I come to the end of my road and I lay down my heavy load
May the (life I lead)*
Speak for me*
() Songs I sing; words I speak; path I walk; land I tend; work I do
*Optional echo
 
Now I Walk in Beauty

Listen 

Now I walk in beauty,
Beauty is before me,
Beauty is behind me, above and below me.
 
Gentle Angry People
 
We are (a gentle angry people)
And we are singing, singing for our lives
We are (a gentle angry people)
And we are singing, singing for our lives
() Young and old together, standing for land, 
 
Sweetly Singing (To the tune of "Lovely Evening)
We are people sweetly singing, sweetly singing.
Can you hear our voices ringing, voices ringing?
No more, pipeline, no more!*
*Can repeat "No more pipeline!" as many times as desired
**Can be sung as a 3 part round

 

This Little Light
(This little light of mine) 
I'm gonna let it shine!
(This little light of mine) 
I'm gonna let it shine!
(This little light of mine) 
I'm gonna let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine!
() All around the world; Out there in the dark; In my daily work; Ain't no body gonna (blow) it out; 

 

Gonna Lay Down My Burden
 
Gonna lay down my burden,
 Down by the riverside 3X
Gonna lay down my burden,
 Down by the riverside 3X
Ain't gonna let no pipeline through
Ain't gonna let the pipeline through 5X
No matter what they do.

 

Peace Before Us
(Peace) before us,
(Peace) behind us,
(Peace) under our feet,
(Peace) within us,
(Peace) over us,
Let all around us be (peace).
() Hope; Change; Light; Love; Strength

 

 

Ain't Gonna Let Nobody
Ain't gonna let no (pipeline) 
Turn me around 3X
Ain't gonna let no (pipeline) 
Turn me around 
I'm gonna keep on a walkin', keep on a talkin'
Standing up for the land
() body; police; jail time; hatred