Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird – “Freedom Is A Verb” (official video)

Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird – “Freedom Is A Verb” (official video)


You can fight a war with drones You can fight a war with loans You can fight a war with gas or cans of paint But don’t you realize that the game is compromised if you think that this is something that it ain’t We got images of murder that don’t manage to disturb An international order that is bordering absurd And no one gets the freedom they were told that they deserve til they realize that freedom’s not a noun IT’S A VERB FREEDOM IS A VERB SOMETHING NEVER FINISHED NEVER DONE IT’S SOMETHING YOU MUST MAKE IT’S SOMETHING YOU MUST TAKE IT’S SOMETHING YOU MUST CONSTANTLY BECOME This weekend revolution It’s a radical inclusion It’s a holiday of popular revolt It’s the social interaction of inconsequential actions using faces to replace a silent vote But lower pay and higher rent’s another kind of violence the violence of silence and of greed It’s the violence of feeling your irrelevance revealing every way in which you never will be freed IT’S A VERB AN ACTION AND AN URGE AS FERTILE AS THE BARREL OF A GUN IT HAPPENS OUT OF NEED IT’S A FIRE AND A SEED ITS TERRIBLE POTENTIAL HAS BEGUN They’ll tell you that your liberty is constantly in jeopardy It’s something you must loyally defend But isn’t it demeaning when your well-intended meanings mean your means will have to justify your ends? So improvise a barricade of furniture cascading It’s a carnival of helmets in the flood For the bottles can be filled with either gasoline or lager or detergent that’ll wash away your blood IT’S A VERB FREEDOM IS A VERB SOMETHING NEVER FINISHED NEVER DONE IT’S SOMETHING YOU CAN FAKE AND IT’S SOMETHING THAT’LL BREAK IF IT AIN’T SOMETHING THAT YOU CONSTANTLY BECOME IT’S A VERB AN ACTION AND AN URGE AS FERTILE AS THE BARREL OF A GUN IT HAPPENS OUT OF NEED IT’S A FIRE AND A SEED ITS TERRIBLE POTENTIAL HAS BEGUN

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