BUY NOTHING DAY CAROLS

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BUY NOTHING DAY CAROLS

Postby rickettsia » Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:59 am

In preparation for this evenings mall occupation, I am posting a compilation of reworked songs and carols for those that wish to carol :)

OCCUPY THE MALL - BUY NOTHING DAY!!!!

GIVE PRESENCE, NOT PRESENTS

Slow Down Ye Frantic Shoppers
(tune of 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen')


Slow down ye frantic shoppers for there's something we must say
If you would spare a moment all the stores would go away,
Big business has been telling us what Christmas means today,
Now it's time we decided for ourselves, for ourselves
Yes it's time we decided for ourselves.

To some folks Christmas means a time for gathering with friends
And enemies might take it as a time to make amends,
But TV says it's time for pricey gifts and selfish ends,
Now it's time we decided for ourselves, for ourselves,
Yes it's time we decided for ourselves.

Some people feel that Christmas is when Jesus makes a call,
For others it's a time to stress good will and peace for all.
But advertisers tell us it means Santa's at the mall,
Now it's time we decided for ourselves, for ourselves,
Yes it's time we decided for ourselves.


The Twelve Days of Christmas 



On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me 

A gift from a sweatshop overseas.



On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Toys made by kids 
and a gift from a sweatshop overseas

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Third world debt
Toys made by kids 
and a gift from a sweatshop overseas

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Four by fours
Third world debt
Toys made by kids 
and a gift from a sweatshop overseas

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
RAM-PANT-COR-PORATE GREED
Four by fours
Third world debt
Toys made by kids 
and a gift from a sweatshop overseas


On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Cancer-causing fumes
RAM-PANT-COR-PORATE GREED
Four by fours
Third world debt
Toys made by kids 
and a gift from a sweatshop overseas

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Workers without unions
Cancer-causing fumes
RAM-PANT-COR-PORATE GREED
Four by fours
Third world debt
Toys made by kids 
and a gift from a sweatshop overseas

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Evil multi-nationals
Workers without unions
Cancer-causing fumes
RAM-PANT-COR-PORATE GREED
Four by fours
Third world debt
Toys made by kids 
and a gift from a sweatshop overseas

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Bombs falling from planes
Evil multi-nationals
Workers without unions
Cancer-causing fumes
RAM-PANT-COR-PORATE GREED
Four by fours
Third world debt
Toys made by kids 
and a gift from a sweatshop overseas

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Na-tions invaded
Bombs falling from planes
Evil multi-nationals
Workers without unions
Cancer-causing fumes
RAM-PANT-COR-PORATE GREED
Four by fours
Third world debt
Toys made by kids 
and a gift from a sweatshop overseas

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Unfed people
Na-tions invaded
Bombs falling from planes
Evil multi-nationals
Workers without unions
Cancer-causing fumes
RAM-PANT-COR-PORATE GREED
Four by fours
Third world debt
Toys made by kids 
and a gift from a sweatshop overseas

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Billions without water
Unfed people
Na-tions invaded
Bombs falling from planes
Evil multi-nationals
Workers without unions
Cancer-causing fumes
RAM-PANT-COR-PORATE GREED
Four by fours
Third world debt
Toys made by kids 
and a gift from a sweatshop overseas

12. Billions without water

11. Unfed people 

10. Na-tions invaded 

9. Bombs falling from planes

8. Evil multi-nationals 

7. Workers without unions

6. Cancer causing fumes
5. 
RAM-PANT-COR-PORATE GREED 

4. Four by fours 

3. Third world debt 

2. Toys made by kids

1. And a gift from a sweat shop overseas. 



Uh Oh We're In The Red, Dear
(tune of 'Rudolph the red-nose reindeer')


Uh oh we're in the red, dear
On our credit card it shows
Christmas is almost over
But the debit line still grows
Shopping like Santa's zombies
Sent our budget down in flames
But all our Christmas spirit
Helped the giant retail chains

I'm so foggy Christmas Eve
Wondering how we'll pay
Christmas doesn't seem so bright
When our finances are tight

So here's a plan for next year
Let's forget the shopping spree
Let's give a gift of love, so
All our Christmas gifts are free


Slaving in a Sweatshop Wonderland
(tune of 'Walking in a Winter Wonderland')


Door bell rings, are you listening?
On your brow, sweat is glistening.
You're working tonight; it just isn't right,
Slaving in a sweatshop wonderland.
Gone away are the good jobs
Here today are the sweatshops
They want you to sew
Seven days in a row
Slaving in a sweatshop wonderland.
In Eugene, Nike has used sweatshops
And they've paid the lowest rates in town.
Ask about a union, they'll say no ma'am.
Homeworkers do the job for the worst pay around.
Later on, they'll conspire
How to raise prices higher
The plans that they've made
Won't make us better paid
Slaving in a sweatshop wonderland.
Door bell rings, are you listening?
On your brow, sweat is glistening.
You're working tonight; it just isn't right,
Slaving in a sweatshop wonderland.


Jingle Bells ( aka Profits)

You're eating up our lies
And dashing to the stores
Then all our prices rise
And how the money pours
If we don't keep you drugged
And watching your TV
You might see the hypocrisy
Then where would business be?

Chorus
Profits here, profits there,
Profits everywhere
Christmas time is funny,
We smell money in the air
Advertise, glamorize,
Fool you with a flair.
Let's make sure that Christmas
Is a businesslike affair.

We'll tell you how to think
And tell you what to try
What to eat and drink
And how to live and die
And if our plan succeeds,
When Christmas-time is nigh
Instead of seeking love and peace
You'll hunt for gifts to buy
(repeat chorus)


Silver Bells (Buy and Sell)
by Erica Avery

City Sidewalks busy sidewalks
lined with advertising
It's the big retail season of Christmas
Children begging for each new thing
toys for mile after mile
and the mood of the season is clear

Chorus:
Buy and sell (buy and sell)
Buy and sell (buy and sell)
It's Christmas time for consumers
Ching-a-ching (ching-a-ching)
Cash tills ring (cash tills ring)
Must we spend Christmas this way?

Maxing credit, running debits
buying things we don't need
with the money we don't really have
Children crying, parents sighing
there's no time for our friends
and the reason behind it is clear


Deck the Halls (Reclaim)
by quinn

Smash the state and squat their buildings!
It's hard work, but we are willing
Hundreds housed inside your mansions
That's our vision of expansion!
Break the concrete plant a garden
Never ask to beg their pardon
Let's throw seeds like we throw punches
Invite them to our homegrown lunches
Shopping malls turned into free schools
Fountains into public pools
Where a lawn was let the plants grow
Venture where they say you can't go
If we work to help each other
We can learn from one another
In our struggles we're connected
By every injury affected


Silent Night (Song For the One Percent)
by quinn

Silent Night, peaceful night
We'll survive through this fight
Build your prisons, banks and wall
We will see to dismantling them all.
We'll live a life of true worth,
Live a life of worth.
Silent night, peaceful night
We have spunk, we have might
You have more money than you'll ever need.
Millions of people are killed by your greed.
Sleep knowing all this,
Sleep knowing this.
Silent night, peaceful night
Look around, do what's right.
Liberty is about more than just me.
Use all your strength to help others to see
True freedom can be,
True freedom can be.


BLOWING IN THE WIND (Bob Dylan tune & rewrite)
How many credit cards must a man own
Before we call him a man?
How many seas must the great trawlers sail
Before the last fish is canned?
How many dumps must the styrofoam fill
Before it's forever banned?

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind,
the answer is blowing in the wind.

How many ads must one man see
Before he starts to grow wise?
How many fruits must a poor land export
Before they're allowed to grow rice?
How many barrels of oil can we waste
Before we have to pay its true price?

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind,
the answer is blowing in the wind.

How many dollars do we try to earn
Pretending we need them to thrive?
How many more animals must we kill
Before we can see they're alive?
How many weapons will be bought and sold
Before we decide to survive?

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind,
the answer is blowing in the wind.

How many rugs can a young girl weave
Before she's no longer a child?
How many trees can a nation chop down
Before there's no trees in the wild?
How many lies can a man listen to
Before he's no longer beguiled?

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind,
the answer is blowing in the wind.


THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGING (Bob Dylan tune & rewrite)

Come gather round, people, and pause on your way
We're asking you now to buy nothing today
The cost may be more than the price that you pay
If the earth to you is worth saving
Then you'd better consider the words that we say
For the times they are a changing

Come ye Christmas shoppers and look at yourselves
Can joy and contentment be bought off the shelves?
Can anything last that's made by the elves?
Just what is it you're craving?
Life's just fine without all the whistles and bells
For the times they are a changing

Come mothers and fathers with children in tow
No war toys or Barbies will help them to grow
You can't buy their love, as you already know
That battery's rapidly fading
There's no better toys than the sand, grass, and snow
For the times they are a changing

Come managers, owners, and don't get us wrong
We're all in the same boat, we all hear the song
This overconsumption, it just can't go on
We all have a part to be playing
Let buyers and sellers together be strong
For the times they are a changing

Buy nothing today, come out of that store
That glitter ain't gold, so caveat emptor
Woe to the rich, and blessed are the poor
You know it's true what we're saying
That more is less and less is more
For the times they are a changing

VIVA LA REVOLUTION

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