From the recording Warning Bell
I don’t have a fast horse like Paul Revere.
No Red Coats are coming, but the danger’s clear.
Just look at the North Pole melting away,
We spy on Americans every day.
When news reporters fear to criticize,
When your voice only counts if you’re rich and white,
When the War on Terror puts us under a spell,
I have to start ringing a warning bell.
(I’ll sound the) warning before it’s too late.
(We might not) recover if we hesitate.
(I’ll sound the) warning. Heed it well.
(Sometimes I) feel like a warning bell.
Warning bell, warning bell,
Sometimes I feel like a warning bell.
That Liberty Bell in a church’s tower
Called us to worship, but now who has the power.
Search your heart. Ask who’s to blame
When they profit from killing in His name.
This bell’s long rope is hard to pull
With just a song and my will.
Are you tired of lies? Then lend a hand.
Ring the alarm across this land.
C D G
It’d be easier to just let go of that rope.
Sit on my front porch as the world goes by.
C D Em
But when I see where our great country’s headed,
I start shaking my fist at the sky.
I can’t make ends meet. The rich don’t try.
Ask yourself what can a billion dollars buy?
They can buy the free press, museums and schools.
They discredit science, treat us like fools.
I might be only seeing smoke at every turn.
But if you’re careful with fire, you don’t get burned.
How would it hurt us to be better than we are?
We’re on the only lifeboat and we’ve come so far.
Words and music by David B. Hakan
© 2007 All Rights Reserved 6-10-2007