They can’t kill us all

 

they can't kill us all

dorm window sign in response to US government mass murder of unarmed student peace demonstrators and bystanders at Kent State and Jackson State campuses,  May 1970

 

They Can’t Kill Us All         ©

 

Fact is, they can’t kill us all.

Not when we stand and move together.

We must move together, sisters & brothers,

and hurl our blood-red song of love

directly into their empty hearts!

When a million and a half of us surrounded the White House,

and refused to leave, Nixon called-off five thousand twitching cops & began

to withdraw the troops from Vietnam. Not a shot was fired that day in Washington!

We must sit together, children, refuse to be moved

and raise our voices in a message of love

sung directly into their empty hearts!

When half a million of us poured into St Winceslaus Square,

and refused to leave, the old Party hacks pulled back their tanks & began

to flee their armor-clad offices. Not a shot was fired that day in Prague!

We must stand and lock arms together, dear friends,

and hurl our blood-red song of love

directly into their empty hearts!

Fact is, they can’t kill us all, not all at the same time,

If we stand and move together.

Not if we all stand and move and sing together, dear ones!

But alone they surely will murder us all, one by two, by twenty,

by fifty, or a hundred at a time,

shot down in the street, cut to pieces in our beds,

blown to heaven by drones while we dance at weddings,

while we writhe in pain in hospitals slammed by rockets and mortar shells.

Don’t let them murder us all one by one, dear friends!

Fact is, alone they will surely continue to murder us, all of us,

one by one, by the dozens, two by two, by the millions,

just like they are doing right now, every day, all over the world.

Surely they will not stop slaughtering us til we’re all gone, children,

Every last one of us, dear ones, without a doubt.

Unless we stand and move together, sisters, brothers,

by the tens of thousands, by the millions, everyone

Hurling our blood-red song of love

directly into their empty hearts as they turn and flee!

Fact is, as of today 2.6 million individual persons have been killed by U.S. troops

in Afghanistan, Iraq, & Pakistan. No one is counting the people killed

by our drones & jets in Yemen, Libya, and Tunisia, or what once was Syria.

Don’t let them murder those of us who are left, dear friends!

Let us stand together, sing and move together until they turn and flee

or throw down their guns and rush to join us in singing our cry of peace and love!

 

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