Coffee Resistance Song (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2013-01-27)  CPDL #28154:   
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2013-01-27).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 12 pages, 270 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Actual voicing is Soprano, Mezzo, Alto, Tenor, Bass. Edited for a choir with some soli.

General Information

Title: Coffee Resistance Song
Composer: Michael Gray

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Originally for 5 voices with the Tenor singing most of the melody. Part of a larger collection called "Modern Living"

External websites:

Original text and translations

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I refuse!
Don’t want it!
Don’t need it!
Won’t touch it!
Won’t drink it!

You see them brewin’ on the corner
You smell them roastin’ down the street,
At ev’ry hour they’re in there sippin’
You wonder what these people eat!

They’re infiltrating ev’ry stripmall!
And their addiction’s on the rise,
They’re coaxing caffeinated zombies
With beady hypertensive eyes

Don’t want it sprinkled on my breakfast.
(Get it off my Cheerios)
Please don’t inject it in my veins
(I’m afraid of needles)
I’d like a less addictive habit,
Something in a primary color
that won’t make static of my brains.

Latte, Moccha, Cappuccino,
Breve, Grande, Americano,
Single, Double, Strong espresso,
Red eye, Straight grind, Mud!

I call on every rebel out there
Don't let them take away your choice
Lift up your mugs and be united
Defend your freedom with one voice!

They say you’ve only got one option,
(Call’d my broker yesterday)
To pay the market so you win,
(Can’t denounce it as a sin!)
They say you don’t have to drink it,
Just be a little more creative
If you can rake the money in.

Iced and blended,
Foam’d and frothy;
Buy your stocks
In cups of coffee!

This is what it is
This is what it means
When ev’rything is said and done
it’s just a load of water washing' thru a hill of beans.