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OWS Theme Song auditions

Susie Madrak has been searching youtube for a good theme song for OWS and there are some good ones out there.

But I love this song for so many reasons.  First, it has a good beat and it’s easy to march to.  Second, what could be more appropriate than a song from Les Miserables?  Isn’t Les Miserables French for “the 99%”?  I think it is.

I’ve rolled this song out before but I’m going to do it one more time to see if I can win any converts.  Add your suggestions in the comments.

Here it is: Do You Hear The People Sing

Holy Hemiola!  This might really be the one.  It looks like the original occupation of Wisconsin’s state house featured a flash mob version of the song.  The melody is simple, the lyrics can be adapted.  It’s easy to learn.  What’s not to like??

Here are the Wisconsin lyrics:

  • Do you hear the people sing, singing the songs of working men?
    It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again.
    When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums,
    there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes.
    Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me?
    Beyond the mass parade, is there a world you long to see?
    Then join in the fight that will give you the right to be free.
    Do you hear the people sing, singing the songs of working men?
    It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again.
    When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums,
    there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes.
    Will you dedicate your all so that our freedom may advance?
    Some will stand and some will fall. Will you stand up and take your chance?
    Let’s fill the Rotunda ’til everyone joins in the chants.
    Do you hear the people sing, singing the songs of working men?
    It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again.
    When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums,
    there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes.

5 Responses

  1. I think we have a winner here.

  2. Love that song and the show. It is my favorite ever and I never get tired of seeing a good production of it. It would be a great song for OWS. I have only one warning. While singing it, everyone should be careful not to be texting on the iphones. I am not saying that to be snarky. But it really is not an image and a song that go together.

  3. You can’t do this without leonard Cohen!
    Democracy is coming to the USA

    First we take Manhattan

  4. I think you miss the point. All the men who are singing except one will be killed at the barricades. You have to hear “Empty Chairs, Empty Tables.”

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