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Track 02: A Funeral for T-I-N-A: PARECON is the Alternative

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Verse One:

Margaret Thatcher made TINA a star hollering that: / (narrated on vinyl record sound effect) There is no alternative, there is no alternative / TINA was like a God at the end of the Cold War screaming: / (narrated on vinyl record sound effect) There is no alternative, there is no alternative / The fall of the Berlin Wall was called history’s end / People been following TINA ever since / like a Bible verse well rehearsed hollering that: / (narrated on vinyl record sound effect) There is no alternative, there is no alternative / that’s why they panic at the sound of PARECON and how we working it / ’cause there is an alternative – there is / who tells us what we know / who benefits from the status quo / I’m talking those who got incentive to ignore it / either afraid of the change or too scared to fight for it / so instead they tell us that it’s human nature / to be selfish and greedy killing each other for paper / but I ain’t buying it – I know the human race can do better / and if you know history – you know ain’t nothing forever / power holds control through ignorance and fear / but there is an alternative and it’s right here / Participatory Economics – now you heard / though we know it’s gonna take some time to spread the word / ’cause even if we had a time machine to make it clear / there’d still be y’all with your fingers in your ears / hooting and hollering capitalism’s the chosen one – know this, son / rolling your eyes is another way of closing ‘em – closing ‘em – closing ‘em

Chorus:

Did you hear the news – TINA’s dead / Go on and pour a little out for all those who said – that there – that… / (narrated on vinyl record sound effect) There is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no…(sound of record scratch) / stop spinning that broken record, it ain’t true / PARECON gonna show you how we do

Verse Two:

There – is – no – alternative: T-I-N-A / They tell us competition is the-only-game / Food chain – law of the jungle – big business shit / survival of the fittest – social Darwinist shit / but if you really believe that shit, then where you at / i mean for real, i’ll grab my sawed off – you grab your gat

every man for himself, put your conscience on the shelf

let’s get raw, what you waiting for / let’s get down, let’s get foul, let’s have a battle royale / an all out brawl, a blood bath ball / and the last man standing gets it all – gets it all / is this really what we want – i mean how’s it understandable / after all this time, we’re still telling ourselves we’re animals / thinking capitalism is a natural order / ’cause capitalists are the ones who be drawing the borders / and the limits of acceptable discourse in this nation / and it’s no wonder, TINA spent a whole generation / saying there is no alternative to capitalist ways / but now we know that’s propaganda, just a silly catch phrase / Participatory Economics gonna show / this ain’t really human nature – it’s just the nature we know / so say bye bye TINA, time to die TINA / you had a good run, but now you gotta fly TINA / and for those whose religion is shattered as TINA leaves us / Adam Smith was not god and Milton Friedman was not Jesus

Chorus:

Did you hear the news – TINA’s dead / Go on and pour a little out for all those who said – that there – that… / (narrated on vinyl record sound effect) There is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no…(sound of record scratch) / stop spinning that broken record, it ain’t true / PARECON gonna show you how we do

Verse Three:

For thousands of year Egypt had slaves / Now that’s thousands of years where that didn’t change / To them it was all part of how things went / so just think if you’d have told them cats back then / about the way that we live today – yo kid for real / that kind of future would have sounded like a fairytale / and you can imagine the excuses that they would’ve gave / narration: an economy couldn’t function properly without slaves / now those words are a trip today, ’cause now we know it can / so tell me why PARECON is too utopian / Who says we can’t we have full employment / who says we gotta be at each other’s throats / Remember it was less than one hundred years ago / women still wasn’t allowed the vote / Imagine hollering TINA about dictatorship / mass illiteracy and child labor shit / I mean for real our indigenous never knew property / the way that we do in a capitalist economy / the real world’s only as real as you make it / it ain’t forever, it can change if you’re willing to take it / so out with the old – in with the new / raise a glass to TINA – this one’s for you / I can’t say that I’m not glad to see you go / but may you rest in peace and stay your ass deceased

 

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