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Track 05 w/ intro

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Intro Narration:

When someone asks you what kind of meal you’re in the mood for, you don’t say “one that’s fried and heavy” or “one that’s light and healthy.” You say I’m in the mood for Mexican or Italian or Indian or whatever. These one-word descriptions sum up the basic experiences you’ll enjoy.

Likewise, instead of having to go into the four basic values of equity, solidarity, self management, and diversity, you can simply tell someone that the goal of Participatory Economics is a classless economy – one that rejects the food chains of classism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, jingoism, and any other form of hierarchical division.

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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