songs we play

 

Our music: We try to find protest-themed, energetic songs that many HONK! musicians know, and lean towards horn-friendly keys such as Bb, Eb, and F.  In addition to the charts below, our friends at JP Honk have also provided a Youtube Playlist of Playalong Videos for songs that we borrow from their usual set.

(Don’t be alarmed by the number of songs! You can join in on more stuff by ear than you think! Also, we often are doing “chant support”, add some simple riffs (often in Bb) to back up the voice of the crowd we’re standing for…)

We are always open to trying new songs!  There are many to choose from…

LYRICS

Note: these are our “standard” lyrics.  We often change them appropos of the cause we are rallying for.

This Little Light of Mine (Bb)

  1. This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine (x3), Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine
  2. Don’t you blow my little light out, I’m going to let it shine (x3), Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine
  3. Everywhere I go, I’m going to let it shine (x3), Let it shine, let it shine, let shine

When the Saints Go Marching In (F)
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in

And when the sun refuse to shine
And when the sun refuse to shine
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the sun refuse to shine

And when the band begins to play
And when the band begins to play
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the band begins to play!

Down by the Riverside (Bb)

  1. I’m gonna lay down my sword and shield
    Down by the riverside, down by the riverside, down by the riverside
    I’m gonna lay down my sword and shield, down by the riverside, down by the riverside!

(Chorus) I  ain’t gonna study war no more, etc.

  1. Gonna try on my long white robe, etc

(Chorus)

3. I’m gonna lay down my killer drones, etc

(Chorus)

This Land is Your Land (F)

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York island
From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me

As I went walking that ribbon of highway
And I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me
Sign was painted, said “private property”
But on the back side it didn’t say nothing
That side was made for you and me!

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SONGS FOR THE 8/19 COUNTER-PROTEST

From Matt Taylor:  Here’s a preliminary set list for 8/19. We will discuss some more specifics about how we’ll play, when we’ll play, interchange between chants/playing, etc., however these songs are ones it’d be great if we could be prepared to play (sheet music attached).

If you do not know all of the songs on the list, no worries! These are just here in case you would like to try to learn them ahead of time. We will have a lot of musicians from different bands, so the idea is to be able to give each other a break during a long day, do some tune sharing, and have some fun :).

We Got That Fire

Let’s Go Get ‘Em

African Marketplace

You Don’t Wanna Go To War (audio here)

Who Dat Called Da Police (audio here)

You Move You Lose
Funkin’ It Up
Montserrat
Do Whatcha Wanna
Thousand Island
Murga de Panama
Tracksuit
Courage, My Friend-Score_and_Parts (a hymn that our fellow protestors can sing from the anti-apartheid movement)
Riverside (so that folks can sing, potentially for de-escalation given the lyrics)

(I can send out recordings if needed.)

I’d also like to think about some lower energy songs we could play in the event that it’d be helpful to have them for de-escalation purposes. Right now I’m thinking about:

Gospel Medley (or at least the beginning, with slow Just a Closer Walk)
Grazin’ in the Grass

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