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Dear Mr President (This is Why We're Here)

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Uploaded on Dec 18, 2011

A protest song for the Occupy movement.

Dear Mr. President, this is why we're here.
Allow us to explain, though it is probably clear:

Dear Mr. President, this is what we wanted.
To build homes, not bomb them but we
clearly can't do it with all the drama in congress.
Like it's all about your image, not doing what's right.
Like it's beers with the boys and we won't even ask what you get up to in the white house at night.

We have assembled to plead the case
of people with troubles you tried to erase. You took an oath
to serve, were your fingers crossed when you said the words,
or was the meaning lost?

A patriot would put the brakes on this.
A patriot would not manipulate the populace.
A true patriot would never split the wax from the wick.
Apparently patriotism and politics don't mix.

Dear Mr. President, this is why we're here.
In good conscience we can't let this go another year.
Unstuck from the corrupted order,
The people, that's US, can no longer afford to
WAIT.

True Patriots sleep on streets
or in cells, a patriot's spirit can never be held.
True patriotism is impossible to defeat -
ideas are invincible, they can't be killed.

[chorus]
Of everything we needed done
you barely made a dent.
Of all your empty promises
was there even ONE you meant?

We gave you a fair chance
and this is how it went.
Signed,
Sincerely yours,

The Other Ninety-Nine Percent.

You drive us to the danger zone
and pretend to act surprised
while it's clear you've spent the
last few years rolling your eyes.
Slavery is subsidized, freedom is a hoax, and you must have missed
that your list of laws is just a joke.

So here's what's gotta happen-
you've gotta see things from our side.
We tried to do things your way,
but that paradigm has died.

We stand before you peaceably
and are here to stay.
until you change.

And we say:

[chorus]

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