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Track 05: Class Dismissed: PARECON and Classlessness

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Verse One:

And they tell us there ain’t no class war / Tell that to the working poor / Tell it to the dreary eyed souls on the assembly line / Tell it to those working mandatory overtime / Tell it to the poor slob juggling three jobs / Walking home late at night worrying about getting robbed / Tell it to the immigrants on their way to / do the jobs that they tell us that we just won’t do / tell it to the kids raised up to be dummies / ’cause they wasn’t born in school districts with money / Tell it to the sweatshop girl with tears down her face / Disrespected and humiliated on a daily basis / Tell it to the crowds shivering at the bus stop / Tell it to the young brother getting hassled by the cops / Tell it the father who can’t afford to get sick / Tell it to the sister thinking about turning tricks / Tell it to the single mother downsized on Christmas Eve / While the CEO got a 20-Mil bonus up his sleeve / Who we kidding – what world you living / where most folks never leave the class they was given / the whole concept of the american dream’s / about trading in your rags to be on the rich team / but why can’t the dream be to get rid of class / where no one individual or group can amass / the juice or opportunity to rule anyone else / we want an economy where you only rule yourself / one with equity – solidarity / self management – diversity / classlessness – the whole goal of PARECON / with institutions to produce the kind of world we want

Chorus:

Classism – it’s gotta go / check the chorus coming from below – from below / telling all those who only know being oppressed / ring the bell, that shit’s over, yo it’s class dismissed / Classism – it’s gotta go / no more food chain running the show – running the show / so for all those who’ve been getting they ass frenchkissed / ring the bell, time’s up, I said it’s class dismissed

Verse Two:

Ring the bell – class dismissed / not meaning that we don’t take class serious / ’cause if you hearing this – well then you know we do / and if you think this is dressed up communism – it ain’t true / while we reject market economy we won’t hide / nor do we want an economy that’s centrally decided / Marx saw the masses mainly in two classes / workers and owners, but power fogged up his boys glasses / While they was steady busy dissing the one, son / Some would say they was missing a third one / the only class capitalists are allowed to mention / we talking those in the middle of the system / The middle and upper middle class who call the shots / enforce the rules written by those up top / Like volunteer referees so the game runs clean / hoping one day they’ll be playing for the varsity team / and you can change the masters but it’s still the same class / it’s bosses who make the food chain hold fast / when it’s top down – it doesn’t matter who’s above them / whether the state or the owners – they love them – they love them / the same problem that plagued failed socialist attempts / is the same bitch slap used by capitalist pimps

Chorus:

Classism – it’s gotta go / check the chorus coming from below – from below / telling all those who only know being oppressed / ring the bell, that shit’s over, yo it’s class dismissed / Classism – it’s gotta go / no more food chain running the show – running the show / so for all those who’ve been getting they ass frenchkissed / ring the bell, time’s up, I said it’s class dismissed

Verse Three:

Yo, class ain’t just about cash, let me explain / productive property’s only one link in the food chain / who makes your schedule – who assigns your tasks / who writes the laws – who places the ads / who runs your show – whose show you run / what classes are below – what classes above / labor competition relies on division / where groups ally to monopolize decisions / from status of title to work and working conditions / self management’s proportionate to bargaining position / we all for unity, but not – in the service of class / where one group wears the head and another the ass / big shots and big nots – what kind of pull you got / when it’s all about the ladder, it’s all about your spot / and don’t forget, power’s just as much about info / that’s why those who hold the cards know to hold ‘em close / keeping us in the dark keeps expectations low / and low self esteem don’t demand much dough / but fuck that – it’s time we come together as equals / from every capitol building to every shiny church steeple / holler out loud: we tired of class war, people / we need a plan that insures people, adores people / an economy with choices that don’t ignore people / a vision intended to restore people’s / faith in one another, where we don’t see each other as the “other” / every woman is a sister, every man a brother / Just remember classism ain’t the last ism / the food chain employs all kinds of ism’s / from race to gender, sexual preference and more / economics is only one door – we breaking down

Chorus:

Classism – it’s gotta go / check the chorus coming from below – from below / telling all those who only know being oppressed / ring the bell, that shit’s over, yo it’s class dismissed / Classism – it’s gotta go / no more food chain running the show – running the show / so for all those who’ve been getting they ass frenchkissed / ring the bell, time’s up, I said it’s class dismissed

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