You don't speak for me (Sarah Lambert)

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Editor: Sarah Lambert (submitted 2015-05-31).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 123 kB   Copyright: CC BY ND
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General Information

Title: You Don't Speak for me
Composer: Sarah Lambert
Lyricist: Judy Small

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAA
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2015
Description:  A protest song about irresponsible media written by Judy Small in the late 1980s. Arranged with permission from the songwriter by Jenny Callanan and Sarah Lambert (Shoalhaven and Illawarra, Australia.)

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Original text and translations

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You who scribble on walls, with your miniscule minds,
You who make midnight calls, you who rattle my blinds,
The violence you preach is the core of your creed,
Well you don't speak for me.

You call yourselves patriots swastika style,
You feed on the fear of the ignorant child,
There's no love of nation or people or land,
And the hatred behind your smile,
You Don't Speak for Me, No! you don't speak for me!

I've seen where you come from
I've seen where you lead,
It's a poisonous fruit that grows from your seed,
You stir up the hatred till something explodes,
Well you don't speak for me!

You who poison the airwaves with Ghengis Khan views,
You who broadcast your bias and call it the news,
You say that you speak for the millions out there,
And deny that you're lighting a dangerous fuse,
Well You Don't Speak for Me, No! you don't speak for me!

You don't speak for me, you don't speak for my friends,
We've followed that line, we've seen where it ends,
Intolerance, hatred, division and strife,
You Don't Speak for Me!

You who march in your hundreds of thousands for peace,
You who work for political prisoners release,
You who fight the injustice of women ignored,
You speak for me!

You who combat apartheid wherever it's seen,
You who struggle to keep the unique forests green,
You who fight for the rights of all people in chains,
You speak for me! Yes You speak for me!