Music

Our music is tailored to each event, and may include a mix of “performance” songs from the street brand tradition, activist “sing-along” classics, and “chant-backing”, where the instruments of the band provide acoustic backing to the voices of marchers.  With enough advance notice, we can often learn action-specific or movement-specific songs and chants in advance.

Resources:

 BABAM!book (a set of instrument-specific pages meant for quick smartphone peeking or printout of the dozen songs we play the most)

 Playalong Videos (courtesy of the JP Honk band)

Songs we often play:

Songs we sometimes play:

You Don’t Wanna Go To War (Rebirth Brass Band, arr. What Cheer)

Bella Ciao (F/Dm)playalong video
all parts one pdf

You Move You Lose         Funkin’ It Up
Montserrat                       Do Whatcha Wanna
Thousand Island             Tracksuit
Grazin’ in the Grass

“Gracias a la abuela”

 Amazing Grace, Closer Walk, I’ll Fly Away from Ryan V

Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round – all parts ( Vocals / Other Vocals )

 

LYRICS

Note: these are some of 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)
1. 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

2. And when the sun refuse to shine
3. And 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)
  2.  I’m gonna try on my long white robe, etc     (Chorus)
  3.  I’m gonna lay down my killer drones, etc    (Chorus)

Lyric Sheet for “March For Our Lives”

Poor People’s Campaign Songbook PGPC 40 Days v1