CODEPINK Songs

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Get inspired to sing for peace at your actions by listening and reading lyrics to songs by Betsy Rose and others.

Today I'm Wearing Pink

© Betsy Rose 2007

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They say we must be loyal to the red white and blue
And tie a yellow ribbon to support our fighting troops
I'm looking for some colors that match the way I think
I've never been one for fashion-but today I'm wearing pink

When the code is orange there's terror in the air
If it's flashing red go hide your head and say your prayers
They're trying to keep us frightened, like we're always on the brink
But I've got better things to do-so today I'm wearing pink

Code Pink, Code Pink
We're never out of fashion
We never fade or shrink
It's the color of the future
For a country on the brink
Code Pink, Code Pink

My mama thought a new pink dress would bring her daughter joy
But I just wanted blue jeans, I was running with the boys
She tried in vain to change my style- what would the neighbors think
Well mama, take a good look now- your baby's wearing pink

I never thought a color that's so dainty and so sweet
Could fire up all my engines, get me out onto the street
Just goes to show how womanpower can change the way you think
Throw out your basic black and gray and show the world you're pink!

Code Pink, Code Pink…

It Isn't Nice

Malvina Reynolds..Add'l lyrics, Betsy Rose

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It isn't nice to block the doorway,
It isn't nice to go to jail,
There are nicer ways to do it,
But the nice ways always fail.
It isn't nice, it isn't nice,
You told us once, you told us twice,
But if that is Freedom's price,
We don't mind.

We have tried negotiations
Signed petitions, walked the line
But the government doesn't see us
And he might as well be blind.
Now our new ways aren't nice
When we deal with men of ice,
But if that is Freedom's price,
We don't mind.

They're sending troops on new invasions
They've made a nightmare of Iraq
People dying by the thousands
And all our prayers can't bring them back
We'll raise our voices, pay the price
So don't you tell us we're not nice!
Cause if that's freedom's price

It isn't nice to block the sidewalk
And tell recruiters- "Go away"
We could be more polite and gentle 
But would they listen to what we say
We using more than sugar and spice
Cause war and violence isn't nice
And if…

Activists' Picnic

By Betsy Rose (Teddy Bear' Picnic)

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If you go out to recruit today 
You're in for a big surprise
If you go down to Berkeley Square 
You'd better go in disguise
'Cause every one who's peaceful and pink
Is gathered there to eat and drink
Today's the day the activists have 
Their picnic

If you're promoting a war career
You know that we'll raise a fuss
If you go after our local kids
You'll have to deal with us
With unemployment and poverty
It easy to sell the military
So today's the day we're saying that 
War's no picnic

See the Code Pink activists,
The peaceful activists are having a lovely
Time today
But our goal is serious
And it's no picnic to play the big war game
Don't you mess with pacifists
We'll go wherever the call of duty still exists
This is how we serve and protect 
The country we hold dear
That's why we're strong peaceful activists!

Hall of Shame Induction Song
(dowloads/Betsy_Rose_Hall_Of_Shame.mp3)
By Betsy Rose
(to the tune of "My Favorite Things")

For funding a war that is wrong and illegal
Giving the President pow'rs that are regal
For sending our Civil Rights straight down the drain
You are inducted in our Hall of Shame

Bring the troops home!
Use diplomacy!
Don't attack Iran!
And simply remember the oath that you took
And wake up and change your stand!

It's a Small World

© Betsy Rose

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It's a world of spying a world of lies
It's a world where you kiss your rights goodbye
It's a jail and a fine if you speak your mind
It's a small world after all!

It's a world of government waste and fraud
Spending our tax dollars on wars abroad 
Lousy schools for our kids, health care just for the rich
It's a small world after all!

It's a world of terror right here at home
For our Constitution is overthrown **
Civil Rights disappear, now they rule by fear
It's a small world after all!

It's a world of people like you and me
Standing up for truth and Democracy
We are strong, we are free, 
We can make history
'Cause it's our world after all!

Hall of Shame Induction Song

By Betsy Rose (to the tune of "My Favorite Things")

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For funding a war that is wrong and illegal
Giving the President pow'rs that are regal
For sending our Civil Rights straight down the drain
You are inducted in our Hall of Shame

Bring the troops home!
Use diplomacy!
Don't attack Iran!
And simply remember the oath that you took
And wake up and change your stand!

Singing For A Peaceful

Originally Siyahamba, adapted by Betsy Rose

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Pink Potion # Now

© Betsy Rose

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I took my protest down to Berkeley Square
I heard they had Marine Recruiters there
Right near a college and a high school crowd
I think what they need is
Pink potion number NOW

We told them we don't want them hanging round 
No military office in our town
Selling war to children we just won't allow
I think what they need is
Pink potion number NOW

I'll sit down, I'll hold a banner sing out my song 
I'll even stop traffic cause this war is just wrong
I won't back away there's people's lives on the line
It's in the Constitution I can speak my mind

We're gonna close Marine recruitment down
Send out a message to the whole world round
Kids need a job and a future that is sound
So lets give those recruiters-
Pink potion number NOW

We Are The Old Women

© Betsy Rose

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We are the old women
We are the new women
We are the same women
Different than before

We are the bold women 
We are the wise women
We are CODEPINK women
Saying NO to war

Bye Bye Gonzales

By Betsy Rose (Bye Bye Blackbird)

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You've caused too much care and woe
Out the door, there you go
Bye bye Gonzo
You've been Bush's legal tool
Broke the law, changed the rules
Bye bye Gonzo
You fired Federal DA's for no reason
You called it loyalty-we call it treason
So pack up your old law degree
We won't give you amnesty
Gonzo, bye bye

The list of all your dangerous views
Shocked the world, made the news
Bye bye Gonzo
Geneva Conventions are passe
Torture has its rightful place
Bye bye Gonzo
We won't even talk about Katrina
We'll just issue you a big subpoena
So now your time is finally done
The people's court has finally won
Gonzo, bye bye