Utah Phillips - I Will Not Obey Lyrics
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    I Will Not Obey

    The new ruling party is holding the aces
    The rest of the cards are all missing faces
    I'm sorry I can't know you today
    What can one say?
    I will not obey

    Give us your sons and give us your daughters
    No one is safe or immune from the slaughter
    How indifference makes them rage
    What can one say?
    I will not obey

    National guard or freedom fighters
    All houses belong to cigarette lighters
    But who hides in the smoke?
    What can one say?
    I will not obey

    Better perhaps to perish outside
    Of the bunkers where our generals hide
    I turn away and spit
    What can one say?
    I will not obey

    Give us the minds of your children to learn
    The substance of books we have not yet burned
    But can they read the sky for rain?
    What can one say?
    I will not obey

    Soon all tyrants will feel our impatience
    We choose to create our own combinations
    I was always willing to agree
    What can one say?
    I will not obey

    The essence of contract is agreement
    Not coercion or obedience
    And agreement is sacred
    What can one say?
    I will not obey

    There're so few wars of people's liberation
    For the people have so seldom risen; only the armed faction
    Listen, the armed faction lies
    They recreate the state through their action
    When the people rise
    It is not they, but the state, which dies

    I sing this song for the prisoners' release
    Most of all now for the new state police
    You see, the guns have changed hands - again
    What can one say?
    I will not obey

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