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Bryan Cahall LIVE with Peaceful Uprising solidarity rally for Tim DeChristopher

“Arise” by Bryan Cahall

Arise ye time-keepers and ye payers of debt,
to those gone before us and who haven’t come yet.
Arise or the moment shall pass to redeem
the toil of the nameless, their forfeited dream.

Arise all ye prayerful and unfold your hands,
and place them flat firm on the soil of the land.
Turn your eyes upward and if you must weep,
ration your tears for your savior’s asleep.

Arise luchadores of centuries past,
from your dusty page books and mass graves at last.
Drown out the broadcast of silence and fear,
sing through our voices who followed you here.

Chorus:
Dry your eyes, arise, arise.
Dry your eyes, arise, arise.

Arise all ye makers of profit and law,
There is no second chance when your number gets called.
The ones who possess all the power you seek,
here in a language you no longer speak.

Arise all ye soldiers and turn your guns round,
upon those who laugh as they order you down,
to stomp out the weak and to strangle the small,
Arise and defend the most vulnerable.

Arise all ye prisoners from your concrete hell,
dissolve with one voice the walls of your cell.
And when the warden asks how can this be?
Reply we are human and must act accordingly.
Chorus

Arise tall sequoia through suburban streets
Take with you the vinyl, the asphalt release,
The birds from their cages and the kids from their tombs
Breathe out the plastic air from their rooms.

Arise ye young poets from irony’s chains,
from sarcasm prisons and transcendent claims.
Arise and recall with what clearness you wrote,
before you grew jaded before you grew cold.

Chorus (x2)


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