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Track 12: A Call for Cooks: PARECON Outro

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CHORUS:

P-A-R-E-C-O-N / that’s the vision we want to live in – we’ll never give in / Pareconos, Pareconistas – please to meet ya / coming with def rhymes and beats to reach ya

Verse One:

So what you say, hip hop – it’s time we make a choice / I ain’t spitting this here just to hear my own voice / A new role or same old – it’s your decision / I’m tired of wishing – PARECON – we got a vision / who else is willing to take it beyond lyrics and hooks / we got the recipe – what we need now is more cooks / that means you – yeah you – yo I’m talking to you / get involved – be supportive – anything you can do / learn more – experiment – progress at your own pace / try to institute these values in your own workplace / try and start your own PARECON cooperatives / or just spread the word to your family and friends / you can get in where you fit in, but get in / I believe in my heart we gonna win / maybe not tomorrow maybe not the next day / but we keep repping PARECON, it’s gonna pay / So when the time comes and the people want more / We’ve made sure they already know the score – know the score / That the recipe for the new economy’s right here / and why, ’cause we been steady buzzing in that ear / laying the foundation, laying the knowledge / Educating more than just those in college / Doing the work that makes real change possible / Even if at times it seems impossible / Liz Cady Stanton never got to cast a ballot / But that never caused her to shrink from the challenge / she knew plants don’t grow without seeds being sewn / And vision needs masses willing to do it alone

CHORUS:

P-A-R-E-C-O-N / that’s the vision we want to live in – we’ll never give in / Pareconos, Pareconistas – please to meet ya / coming with def rhymes and beats to reach ya

Verse Two:

and for those who say I drank the Kool-aid, yes, I confess that I’m / fiending for these values like it’s red drink / fiending for these values like it’s red drink / and you can call me radical if it suits you / but tell me what’s radical about wanting a better future / what’s radical about equity, diversity / Self management, solidarity, efficiency / well, mercy me, am I going too far / I mean for real, What you think that these values are / but fairness and sharing – cooperation and caring – imagination and responsibility – tell me / ain’t these the same values we teach our kids / or is it do what I say, children, not what I did / we gotta rid ourselves of this real-world fatalism shit  / we can do better than this more gentle capitalism shit / and yo I know we been giving capitalism a hard time / But you ain’t gotta be left with revolution on your mind / To want a little something better / even if you and capitalism been going together like forever / If you dig the values we been repping / Ask yourself: What’s the harm in asking questions / the only thing radical about these values is how you / act like it ain’t in you – but it is – it is in you / It’s up to you – to decide if you want something more / Check your assumptions at the door

CHORUS:

P-A-R-E-C-O-N / that’s the vision we want to live in – we’ll never give in / Pareconos, Pareconistas – please to meet ya / coming with def rhymes and beats to reach ya

Verse Three:

And yes sometimes it brings a tear when I hear John Lennon singing imagine – but yo imagine / imagine all the people not imaging shit / But making it happen – while you’re too busy napping / They working hard to keep you asleep – this shit is deep / What did he saythis shit is deep – I think he’s right – this shit is deep / But not deep enough that you can’t climb out / Moderates want to call a time out / And ask for more time for reform – figure how to conform – the new boss to the old – they maintain institutions and they maintain control / and don’t get me wrong I ain’t dissing reform out right / reform matters in the now of real people’s lives / it means relief – and relief from suffering ain’t no joke / but the reform must be revolutionary in scope / where we focus on the disease, not just the symptoms / we gotta be forward looking and then some / and yo, I ain’t gonna lie – know that if you take a stand / Get ready to be the bogeyman / Just like Martin King, They will call us communists / they will call us criminals – troublemakers – terrorists / but lord forgive them, they know not what they say / power always reacts this way to structural change / so when they insist on calling us names / tell ‘em if it’s all the same, they can call us… / Pareconos, Pareconistas – please to meet ya / coming with def rhymes and beats to reach ya / singing P-A-R-E-C-O-N / that’s the vision we want to live in – we’ll never give in / Pareconos, Pareconistas – please to meet ya / coming with def rhymes and beats to reach ya / singing P-A-R-E-C-O-N / that’s the vision we want to live in – don’t ever give in

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