folkVOTE Featured Song and Video October 19

“VOTE!” [2020 version] by Spook Handy with Tom Paxton, Noel Paul Stookey, Christine Lavin and others

Voting is no laughing matter. Well, actually, it is in this video. But it contains a serious message: Elections have consequences! Help us get 1 view for every American who has died of Covid by Election Day. That means 224,000+ views. 1 more way to let our voices be heard! {LYRICS BELOW}

Artists: Spook Handy, Tom Paxton, Noel Paul Stookey, Christine Lavin, John McCutcheon, Guy Davis, Tret Fure, Emma’s Revolution, Friction Farm, Tom Florek, Dave Rimelis, Dennis Warner, Pat Lamanna, Ron Greenstein, Bob Harris & Cyndy Huang, Eric Lambert, Cheryl Prashker, Carla Ulbrich, Diane Perry, Debra Cowan, Carol Crittenden, Tommy Strazza, Lauren Mayer, Chris Birmingham, Shanna in a Dress, Mya Byrne, Rik Palieri, Carl Alderson, Gregg Cagno, Dave Sherman, Sharon & Greg Metz, Tracy Colletto

VOTE – © 2001 Spook Handy, BMI
When politicians come to town
And kiss babies ‘til their noses turns brown
You can bet your bottom dollar they want your vote

So speak your mind ‘cause believe it or not
This world has become a big melting pot
It’s easy to get yourself lost in the lot
‘Cause the world’s made up of all kinds of people, so

Vote! Don’t you never mind the weather
Get your butt in the booth and pull down the lever
Vote! For worse or for better
Let your voice be heard

We got fuzzy headed peace loving carrot chomping farmer boys
Skin headed neo-nazi face slapping paranoids
Fat cats sitting back scoffing at the tabloids. Yup!

And there’s cross burning, homophobic, church going family types
Flag burning, anti-war, give the poor more types
Out of school, know it all, Cliff Clavin prototypes
The world’s made up of all kinds of people, so

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We’ve got hard working, wisdom sharing, ceiling braking feminists
Pro-life clinic burning gospel preaching terrorists
City dwelling unemployed folks who can’t stand it no more

Sky choking river killing free market advocates
Tree loving owl hugging pro-environmentalists
Urban folk high on hope raising up their clenched fists
The world’s made up of all kinds of people, so

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Now Farmer Josh lives up on the mountain.
Grows his own food drinks from Mother Nature’s fountain
And only gets down into town around once a week

And all the pretty young gals from the near by high school
Stop by his farm ‘cause they think he’s so cool
Chewing on wheat grass and spitting out philosophy

He says, “Looking at life cosmologically,
We’re all cells in the body of the Almighty
And with God-like nature we create our own reality

But down here on Earth, now that’s a different ball of wax
We’ve got to eat – pay all kinds of taxes
And form governments that have laws to pass
‘Cause the world’s made up of all kinds of people, so

Vote! Don’t you never mind the weather.
Get your butt in the booth and pull down the lever.
Vote! For worse or for better
Vote!

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Additional verse by Pat Lamanna:

Now, you can vote as early as the law allows
Avoid the long lines, avoid the crowds
And you won’t have worry ‘bout Covid-19

Even better yet put your ballot in the mail
Don’t listen to no politician’s tale
But whatever you do, do it without fail
‘cause the world’s made up of all kinds of people

Vote! Don’t let the country go to rubble
Take a look at the ballot and file in the bubbles
Vote! It’s really worth the trouble
Let your voice be heard

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