Sunday, March 9, 2014

In a mood: Fight the Power, Parts 1 & 2 (video)



"Fight the Power" is the first cut on the Isley Brothers' 1975 album "The Heat Is On," a phenomenal album in any decade. I wore it out on vinyl during my teen years. Listening to "Fight the Power" today, I hear words that are still relevant. The refrain stanza hits me harder than usual this quiet Sunday afternoon because I think of the Jordan Davis case, Trayvon Martin, socioeconomic injustices in general, voter suppression, generational poverty, and a host of other issues challenging our community today, such as the love of guns.
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Here are the lyrics:

"Fight the Power" by The Isley Brothers
      Lyrics by Ernie Isley
Time is truly wastin'
There's no guarantee
Smile's in the makin'
You gotta fight the powers that be
Got so many forces
Stayin' on the scene
Givin' up all around me
Faces full a' pain

I try to play my music
They say my music's too loud
I tried talkin' about it
I got the big run around
And when I rolled with the punches
I got knocked on the ground
By all this bullshit going down

Time is truly wastin'
There's no guarantee
Smile's in the makin'
You gotta fight the powers that be
I don't understand it
People wanna see
Those that got the answers
Red tape in the way

I could take to it in easy
That's just half the fun, oh boy
Seeking satisfaction
Keeps me on the run
I try to play my music
They say my music's too loud
I tried talkin' about it
I got the big run around
And when I rolled with the punches
I got knocked on the ground
But all this bullshit going down

Time is truly wastin'
There's no guarantee, yeah
Smile's in the makin'
We gotta fight the powers that be
Fight it baby, yeah!
Even you and I can fight the power.
Fight it, fight the power
Fight it, baby, baby, baby
Fight it, fight the power
Fight it, fight the power
Fight it, fight the power
Stand up and fight it!
Fight it, fight the power
Stand up! Stand up!
Fight the power, fight it,
Fight the power.

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