WHOOP! WHOOP!

“While the KKK police the streets by blood-houndin
   Interest on the credit card just keeps on compoundin ”                                                                    — Michael Franti (2001)

A BIG  shout-out to listener-supported Pacifica Radio Network, especially its Berkeley radio station KPFA, and to Amy Goodman and all the good folks at Democracy Now!

These tremendous independent news and culture resources, one hundred per cent listener and viewer supported, without accepting any corporate or government funding or sponsorship, have helped keep democratic freedom and hope alive in the US and in regions all around the world.

KPFA’s existence, along with the world-famous pirate radio stations of the UK and elsewhere during the 1960s and onward, helped inspire the song “Listener Supported” by Michael Franti and Spearhead.  (Michael grew up in Oakland listening to KPFA.)

The song’s message is even more apt now than when it was written and recorded back in 2001.

May you enjoy this musical interlude, and may it re-invigorate you for the work cut out for us all in the days ahead. We must defeat Trump and the KKK police bloodhoundin our streets. We must defeat the vulture capitalists’ credit card compoundin bloodsucking that is economically enslaving our population. We must defeat the mainstream media with our own underground pirate free radio and free online media sharing of otherwise repressed and hidden information. We must defeat fake franken-culture with real culture and music like that of Michael Franti and Spearhead and so many others among us.

We must defeat hate with love, defeat fear and doom-&-gloom with courageous joy and inspiration.

Get on up, now! Dance, dance, dance! Get on up and sock it to me, get on up and do it with me.

(youtube recording follows lyrics)

 

Listener Supported

Six foot six above sea level
I grab the mic because I like to take you                                                                                               to another mental level

Low-power frequency radio modulation                                                                                              The big sound from underground, another pirate station
We bring the truth to places truth is never heard before
We bring the sound communication of our tribal war
Dark vision fly-by helicopters in the night
Attempt triangulation of our station in the fight

Straight from the base, deep down, no precision
High crime treason, we broadcastin’ sedition
Like the Wall Street Mornin’ – Afternoon Editions
Commandeerin’ airwaves from unknown positions

(chorus)

Live and direct, we comin’, & never pre-recorded
With information that will never be reported
Disregard the mainstream, media distorted
Whoop! Whoop!
We comin’ listener supported

(repeat)

Live and direct, we comin’, & never pre-recorded
With information that will never be reported
Disregard the mainstream, media distorted
Whoop! Whoop!
We comin’ listener supported

Ha, ha!

Don’t take no prisoners if you can’t afford to feed none
Don’t start no fights if you can’t predict the outcome
Don’t make donations where you cannot get your dough back
Fuck the apathetic bullshitters, send em’ all your Prozac!

I will not climb into your telephone tree
And “Hell, no! you can’t put me on hold!”
It’s the same recorded message you’ve been sangin’ all along
Keep handin’ us the Bible, while you walkin’ off with all the gold

The bureaucratic office sends you merry-go-roundin’
While the KKK police the streets by blood-houndin’
Interest on the credit card just keeps on compoundin’
But the FCC can never shut this pirate sound down

(chorus)

Live and direct, we comin’, & never pre-recorded
With information that will never be reported
Disregard the mainstream, media distorted
Whoop! Whoop!
We comin’ listener supported

(repeat multiple times)

 

“Listener Supported” performed & recorded by Michael Franti & Spearhead
from the album Stay Human (2001) ℗ ©Boo Boo Wax 2001
Writers: Michael Franti & Maria Daulne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixJOR63Ra18

 

 

Michael Franti twitter:

https://twitter.com/michaelfranti?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

BONUS TRACK:

“GET ON UP”  – The Esquires  (1967)  19 effin 67

 

 

 

 

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