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Song of Choice

Peggy Seeger
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SONG OF CHOICE

Early every year the seeds are growing
Unseen, unheard they lie beneath the ground
Would you know before their leaves are showing
That with weeds all your garden will abound?

If you close your eyes, stop your ears
Shut your mouth then how can you know ?
For seeds you cannot hear may not be there
Seeds you cannot see may never grow

In January you've still got the choice
You can cut the weeds before they start to bud
If you leave them to grow high they'll silence your voice
And in December you may pay with your blood

So close your eyes, stop your ears,
Shut your mouth and take it slow
Let others take the lead and you bring up the rear
And later you can say you didn't know

Every day another vulture takes flight
There's another danger born every morning
In the darkness of your blindness the beast will learn to bite
How can you fight if you can't recognise a warning?

Today you may earn a living wage
Tomorrow you may be on the dole
Though there's millions going hungry you needn't disengage
For it's them, not you, that's fallen in the hole

It's alright for you if you run with the pack
It's alright if you agree with all they do
If fascism is slowly climbing back
It's not here yet so what's it got to do with you?

The weeds are all around us and they're growing
It'll soon be too late for the knife
If you leave them on the wind that around the world is blowing
You may pay for your silence with your life

So close your eyes, stop your ears,
Shut your mouth and never dare
And if it happens here they'll never come for you
Because they'll know you really didn't care
SONG OF CHOICE


[2011]
Album: Union City Breath
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Most commonly referred to as a roots-punk band, the word "country" is also bandied around too when describing their music. Although it is there to hear, the country element is far from being an overriding force within the music-it's more of a recurring theme. The same goes for the use of the word "folk," but here this is clearly reflected in the choice of "Song of Choice", an updated version of a Peggy Seeger protest song that in a live setting has proven to be a huge favourite and which deserves its place on the album both from a musical perspective, but also as part of a wider warning against the continued existence of right-wing organisations such as the BNP and EDL..




Early every year the seeds are growing
Unseen, unheard, they lie beneath the ground
Would you know before the leaves are showing..
That with weeds all your garden will abound.

If you close your eyes, stop your ears
Shut your mouth, then how can you know?
For seeds you cannot hear May not be there
Seeds you cannot see may never grow.

In January you've still got the choice
You can cut the weeds before they start to bud
If you leave them to grow high
They'll silence your voice
And in December you may pay with your blood.

Every day another vulture takes flight
There's another danger born every morning
In the darkness of your blindness
The beast will learn to bite
How can you fight if you can't recognise a warning?

So close your eyes, stop your ears,
Shut your mouth and take it slow
Let others take the lead and you'll bring up the rear
Later you can say you didn't know..

Today you may earn a living wage
Tomorrow you may be on the dole
Though there's millions going hungry
You needn't disengage
For it's them not you who's fallen in the hole.

It's alright for you if you run with the pack
It's OK if you agree with all they do
If fascism is slowly climbing back
It's not here yet so what's it got to do with you.

So close your eyes, stop your ears
Shut your mouth and take it slow
Let others take the lead and you'll bring up the rear
Later you can say you didn't know..
..You didn't know

The EDL are standing up for England
But not an England that I want to see
As an atheist I'll stand side by side with Sikhs and Muslims
to deny the racists any victory

Neo-Nazi nick griffin takes a front seat
And a thousand ugly bootboys raise their hands
Well I'd shoot those bastards dead
Before their hatefulness is spread
Those Nazi scumbags must never take command,
The BNP will never get to rule my land..


So close your eyes, stop your ears
Shut your mouth, and take it slow
Let others take the lead, and you'll bring up the rear
Later you can say you didn't know..

So close your eyes stop your ears
Shut your mouth and never dare..
And if it happens here…they'll never come for you
Because they'll know you really didn't care,
Because they'll know you really didn't care..


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