People For the American Way

No More Excuses: Voting Rights Now! Songbook

No More Excuses: Voting Rights Now! Songbook

Song lyrics to use for No More Excuses: Voting Rights Now! protest at the White House.

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Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around

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Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around
I’m gonna keep on a-walkin’, keep on a-talkin’
Marchin’ down to freedom land

Ain’t gonna let segregation turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain’t gonna let segregation turn me around
I’m gonna keep on a-walkin’, keep on a-talkin’
Marchin’ up to freedom’s land

Ain’t gonna let no Jim Crow turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain’t gonna let no Jim Crow turn me around
I’m gonna keep on a-walkin’, keep on a-talkin’
Marchin’ up to freedom’s land

Ain’t gonna let racism turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain’t gonna let racism turn me around
I’m gonna keep on a-walkin’, keep on a-talkin’
Marchin’ up to freedom’s land

Ain’t gonna let no hatred turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain’t gonna let no hatred turn me around
I’m gonna keep on a-walkin’, keep on a-talkin’
Marchin’ up to freedom’s land

Ain’t gonna let injustice turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain’t gonna let injustice turn me around
I’m gonna keep on a-walkin’, keep on a-talkin’
Marchin’ up to freedom’s land

Ain’t gonna let no jail cell turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain’t gonna let no jail cell turn me around
I’m gonna keep on a-walkin’, keep on a-talkin’
Marchin’ up to freedom’s land

Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around
I’m gonna keep on a-walkin’, keep on a-talkin’
Marchin’ up to freedom’s land

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We Shall Overcome

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We Shall Overcome, we shall overcome
We shall overcome someday.
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.
We are not afraid, we are not afraid,
We are not afraid today.
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.
We are not alone, we are not alone
We are not alone today
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We are not alone today.
The truth will make us free, the truth will make us free,
The truth will make us free someday.
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.
We’ll walk hand in hand, we’ll walk hand in hand,
We’ll walk hand in hand someday.
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.
The Lord will see us through, the Lord will see us through,
The Lord will see us through someday.
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.
Black and white together, Black and white together,
Black and white together someday.
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.
We shall all be free, we shall all be free,
We shall all be free someday.
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.

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This Little Light of Mine

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This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Oh, this little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine

This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine

All around the neighborhood
I’m going to let it shine
All around the neighborhood
I’m going to let it shine
All around the neighborhood

I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m going to let it shine

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We Shall Not Be Moved

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Well I’m on my way to heaven
We shall not be moved
On my way to heaven
We shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s standing by the water

We shall not be moved
We shall not we shall not be moved
We shall not we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s standing by the water
We shall not be moved

On the road to freedom
We shall not be moved
On the road to freedom
We shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s standing by the water
We shall not be moved

We shall not we shall not be moved
We shall not we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s standing by the water
We shall not be moved

We’re brothers together
We shall not be moved
We’re brothers together
We shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s standing by the water
We shall not be moved

We shall not we shall not be moved
We shall not we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s standing by the water side
We shall not be moved

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Woke Up This Mornin' With My Mind Stayed On Freedom

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(Well I) woke up this mornin’ with my mind stayed on freedom.
Woke up this mornin’ with my mind stayed on freedom.
Woke up this mornin’ with my mind stayed on freedom.
Hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah.

(Oh well) I walked and talked
talked and walked
with my mind stayed on freedom.
(I) Walked and talked
Talked and walked
With my mind stayed on freedom.
Hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah.

(You know) I sing and shout
shout and sing
With my mind stayed on freedom.
Sing and shout
Shout and sing
With my mind stayed on freedom.
Hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah.

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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

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Paul and Silas bound in jail
Had no money for to go their bail
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on

Paul and Silas thought they was lost
Dungeon shook and the chains come off
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on

Freedom’s name is mighty sweet
And soon we’re gonna meet
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on

I got my hand on the gospel plow
Won’t take nothing for my journey now
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on
Hold on, hold on
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on

Soozie!

Only chain that a man can stand
Is that chain o’ hand on hand
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on

I’m gonna board that big greyhound
Carry the love from town to town
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on
Hold on, hold on

Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on
Hey!
Hey!

Now only thing I did was wrong
Stayin’ in the wilderness too long
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on

The only thing we did was right
Was the day we started to fight
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on
Hold on, hold on
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on

One, two!
(The only thing we did was wrong)
(Staying in the wilderness too long)
(Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on)

Woah, woah!
(The only thing we did was right)
(Was the day we started to fight)
(Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on)

Hold on, hold on
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on
Hold on, hold on
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on

Ain’t been to heaven but I been told
Streets up there are paved with gold

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For the People

We the people
Are for the people
And for the people we act

We the people
Are for the people
Now will you have our back?

We won’t, we won’t
Ever let go
Of that hard won freedom
Freedom to vote

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Our House

Will you honor
The freedom to vote
We will remember
If you do or you don’t

Now it’s time to represent
We make the government
It’s our house
This is our house

It’s in our power
It’s in our power to rise
We will remember
If there’s fight in your eyes

Now it’s time to represent
We make the government
It’s our house
This is our house

Now it’s time to represent
You will see there’s consequence
It’s our house
This is our house

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Democracy is Thirsty

Democracy is thirsty
And now the well is running dry
And if this president doesn’t stand up
This democracy will die

The right to vote is thirsty
And now the well is running dry
And if this congress doesn’t stand up
This democracy will die

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Represent Us

Will you represent us (president)
Will you represent us (senators)
Will you represent the people
Holding down the line.

Will you represent us (president)
Will you represent us (senators)
Will you represent us
Cause we’re running out of time

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The People Want To Know

They steal our right to vote
Like the song out of our throat
But we’ve spilled too much blood upon this ground.

The people want to know
Are you really down
To end the Filibuster now?

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Chants

What do we want? Voting Rights!
When do we want them? Now!(x3)

VOTING RIGHTS. . .is the test of our time (X3)

How Long? Not Long! We only need 51 votes!(X3)

Que queremos? Justicia!
Cuando? Ahora!

What do we want? Justice!
When do we want it? Now! (x3)

Statehood for DC,is voting rights for DC! (x3)

Free DC! Statehood NOW!(x3)

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