The world we want to live in is too far away The bad times are here to stay All hope is gone and there’s nothing we can do Apathy is everywhere the rebels are too few No one is listening to the screams and shouts We’re powerless and we can’t break out Revolution was just a futile dream The struggle’s been lost or so it seems
But the only struggle that is lost is the one that’s never fought so lift your head up high and fight to win Demand the impossible with a new world in our hearts Stay solid never give in
Everything has a price and it’s all doomed to be used, exploited and consumed A devastated planet pushed over the brink Millions of species made extinct So much life annihilated by politics Toxic air and chemicals keep us sick Desperate people, ruined lives everywhere Suffering’s so normal that no one cares Children learn early on that life is cruel Violence and domination are what rules We’ll never know peace or freedom or a life not sold We’re defeated, beaten, numb and so controlled
There’s many of us having a go and living our lives against the flow Remember that you are not alone and nothing here is set in stone Recognize our struggles are all linked and things can change faster than you think Victories and struggle can be won The impossible can be done
Spanner weighs in with a few words about the song:
Surrounded everyday by bleak news, relentless consumerism, routine abuses, daily poverty and violence and “business as usual” ecocide it is easy to see how comrades can loose hope in the modern world. The grip of the state seems ever stronger with social movements enduring surveillance, infiltration, out-right repression and a lack of people getting involved in the fight. Whether it’s apathy, fear or cynicism or just a life of daily struggles to survive there are so many obstacles for people joining the struggle.
So much is designed to keep us apart, isolated as individuals whether it is shitty new contracts where you don’t know your co-workers or when you will work, the rise of social media and its associated online activism and simply the cost of living increasing not matched by wages brings us all down. The concerted effort by the state to prevent us working together, whether that is through legal avenues such as anti protest laws, or social control is not an accident.
However. There is much we can do to break out of our little boxes, and learning from the lessons of the past we can find ways to work together, and fight to win. We can gain so much inspiration from other struggles and victories, both at home and away. We get strength and inspiration from hearing about the countless ways people find to resist. In the face of so much intended to break our spirits, hope and solidarity their creativity, determination and ingenuity help us carry on. Never give up!