Equality Road - double CD

Equality Road Double CD

by Kristin Lems

Carolsdatter Productions
Carolsdatter Productions
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  • 04:45 Story Lyrics
    Ballad of the ERA

    1. It was 50 years ago

    An amendment was proposed

    to make the law state men and women equal

    But little did we know

    Just how long the fight would go

    And even now, we're working on its sequel

    chorus:

    So no more debate because we can't wait

    We demand equality today

    And it's fight we must to make the law just

    ERA - ERA - ERA!

    2. "I'm only Adam's rib

    Keep me safe within my crib!"

    Ms. Shifty cries while working women labor

    "Any girl who needs to work

    Should find a man, or she's a jerk,

    And if she don't know her place,

    Who cares what they pay her?" (We do!)

    chorus

    3. Said the main who's been laid off,

    "How can I support this stuff?

    The boss tells me you'll make more competition."

    She said, "Find work if you can

    But not just cause you're a man

    Let's work side by side in factory and kitchen!"

    chorus

    4. Said the sargeant with a sneer,

    "Well then tell me something dear,

    Are you willing to be drafted with the others?"

    She answered, "Yes, and more,

    I will not support your war,

    I will resist and fight beside my brothers!"

    chorus

    5. Now the day is close at hand

    That across this lovely land

    Those who try to keep us down will be defeated!

    So help us speed the day,

    Shout the word, it's ERA!

    Till the era of equality is greeted!

  • 04:26 Story Lyrics
    We Will Never Give Up

    I am asking everything you have to give...

    We will never give up

    We will never give in

    You will lose your youth, your sleep,

    your arches, your strength,

    your patience, your sense of humor

    And occasionally, the love and support

    of people you love very much.

    But we will never give up,

    We will never give in.

    In return, I have nothing to offer you but this:

    Your pride in being a woman,

    all the dreams that you have for your daughters

    Your pride in being a woman,

    all the dreams that you have for yourself.

    We will never give up,

    We will never give in

    And the knowledge that, at the end of your days,

    you will be able to look back and say,

    I never gave up,

    I never gave in,

    We never gave up,

    We never gave in,

    We will never give up,

    We will never give in

    Until justice is ours!

  • 03:27 Story Failure is Impossible
  • 04:17 Lyrics I'm Gonna be an Engineer

    have sung this so often over the years it's almost like a "signature song" - but I didn't write it!! All kudos to Peggy Seeger, its author. What a saga!

  • 05:51 Story Lyrics My Mom's a Feminist

    I pulled into the loading zone Feeling nervous, I was all alone Unloading my equipment before the show I started wheeling it down the hall Till I turned, hearing a young man call "Can I help? That must be heavy I know.. I've been looking forward to your show." "Cause my mom's a feminist So I understand That's why I'm here today I've come to lend a hand I was raised on equal rights And furthermore She helped me see That equality is a goal worth fighting for." She decided she could do some good Ringing doorbells in the neighborhood Not for the Girl Scouts, but for ERA Sometimes she takes her friends alone She's only 10, but she's already strong She's a move and a shaker well on her way When they ask what she's doing, this is what she'll say. chorus Different questions in the classroom now Young seekers asking how Things came to be, and how they can change Becoming women and becoming men May not ever be the same again But the new ways won't be quite as strange When the people they trust help them get it arranged. Because we're feminists, so we understand That's why we're here today, we've come to lend a hand We raise them on equal rights, and furthermore We help them see that equality Is a goal worth fighting for. It's worth all the time you take What a difference your time can make For the new generation still coming along If our movement is to last We must see that the torch is passed And today's young people will grow up strong And thousands more will sing this song!

  • 01:13 Lyrics My Mother Gave me a Penny

    My mother gave me a penny To buy some candy I couldn't buy the candy It cost a nickel A nick nick nick nick nickel It cost a nickel A piece of penny candy, It cost a nickel. My mother gave me a nickel To buy a pickle I couldn't buy the pickle It cost a quarter! A quar quar quar quar quarter It cost a quarter A little nickel pickle It cost a quarter My mother gave me a quarter To buy some soda water I couldn't buy the water It cost a dollar! A do do do do dollar It cost a dollar For bubbles in the water It cost a dollar. My mother gave me a dollar so I wouldn't holler You should have heard me holler Cause what can you get with a dollar? Yes, everything is higher It's just outrageous Yes, everything is higher Except my mother's wages!

  • 04:05 Story Lyrics
    The First Five Minutes of Life

    The First Five Minutes of Life 1. They decided in their birthing class That the first five minutes of life When the baby came, they would not ask The first five minutes of life If it was a girl or it was a boy They didn’t want to know, wanted to enjoy The baby’s birth with the purest joy In the first five minutes of life 2. They cried in joy, “It’s a baby child!” The first five minutes of life Its daddy kissed its head, the baby smiled The first five minutes of life The room was warm with a loving glow It lay upon its mama, they did not know Into which gender the babe would grow In the first five minutes of life 3. No need to choose the pink or blue The first five minutes of life No need to say what the babe can do The first five minutes of life No need to start with grownup schemes If parents and child hold to their dreams Anything is possible, or so it seems In the first five minutes of life 4. Welcome the baby to the world The first five minutes of life Welcome to the boy, welcome to the girl The first five minutes of life! Now I’m not gonna say which kind they had It doesn’t really matter, be it lass or lad And the freest moment that baby had Was the first five minutes of life.... Words and music by Kristin Lems © 1983, 2000 Kleine Ding Music (BMI)

  • 03:10 Story Lyrics The Witches Song

    Who were the witches? Where did they come from? Maybe your great great great grandma was one! Witches were wise, wise women they say And there's a little witch in every woman today. Witches knew all about flowers and trees How to use all the roots and the bark and the leaves People grew weary from hard-working days Witches made them feel better in so many ways. chorus Women had babies, the witches were there To feed them and hold them and give them some care Witches knew stories bout how life began Don't you wish you could be one? Well maybe you can! chorus Some people thought that the witches were bad Some people were scared of the power they had The power to heal and to help and to care Isn't something to fear - it's a treasure to share!

  • 03:53 Lyrics Dangerous Spring

    Once upon a time In a springtime of my past I threw away a love I knew was deep and true Hungry for the world, didn't try to make it last That spring it seemed the only thing to do It was a dangerous spring, such a dangerous spring, there was magic in the air, something tragic in the air Dangerous spring, it's a dangerous thing when the love you thought you had isn't there..... Several springs went by, I had my time to cry For love I lost, and love I couldn't return Then finally I met you I was ready to be true But I forgot the lesson I had learned In that dangerous spring... I guess it's my turn now But I just don't know how You went away right before my eyes I thought we were so good Guess I misunderstood Forgot how quickly love can turn to lies! In a dangerous spring, such a dangerous spring When there's madness in the air, Oh such sadness in the air, Dangerous spring, it's the strangest of things When the love you need to live isn't there.

  • 03:08 Story
    New Boundaries
  • 04:13 Story Lyrics Kashke

    This song is in Persian - I will give a rough rendering: I wish hearts were never broken, that eyes were never wet from tears, that the clouds would pull aside and show the stars I wish there were no war, selfishness, no homesickness I wish lovers were never separated from each other Oh God! in this life a person can get tired of struggling, in the way of lovers, one can be extinguished... I wish there were no pain, no tears, no sighs That lovers were never parted from each other

  • 03:59 Story
    We Will Never Give Up (reprise)
  • 03:20 Story Lyrics
    In the Out Door

    In the Out Door

    Words and music by Kristin Lems

    © 1979, 1983, 2007 Kleine Ding Music (BMI)

     

    1.) Ever since they could remember

    She'd been quite a curious child,

    In fact, the best word for her was WILD!

    She was the kind of student

    Who could drive a teacher bananas

    She wandered off, she wouldn't learn grammar

    So they'd shake their heads and say....

    Chorus:

    You're going in the out door, up the down staircase

    and what's even more, your feet aren't on the floor

    you're walking on the ceiling - isn't she a sad case?

    Backwards, backwards right to left

    and upside down forever more,

    upside down forever more. 

     

    2.) She was the kind of woman

    who wouldn't take no for an answer. 

    She'd make her odds, she'd take her chances

    she'd often get in trouble

    she would bypass the proper channels

    she would do whatever came natural

    and so naturally they'd say

    chorus

    3.)  The people who accused her

    they never took the time to explore her

    She didn't care - they usually bored her! 

    She often thought of flying

    far beyond the limits of reason,

    far beyond the range of their teasing,

    and breezing by, she'd say,

    "I'm going in the out door, up the down staircase....."

    Last:

    Upside down forever more!

  • 02:58 Story Lyrics
    Clingin Vine

    Clingin’ Vine

    Words and music by Kristin Lems © 1979, 1983, 2014 Kleine Ding Music (BMI)

    1. If I'm a “clinging vine”, then you're a pumpkin.

    And while we're on the subject, I'd like to tell you somethin’ you should know...

    We'll you've gotten fat and sassy off that vine

    In fact, you might just call it your lifeline!

    If you'd look down at your feet, it would show

    That without that clingin’ vine the fruit won't grow.

    2. And if I'm a clinging vine, you're a zucchini!

    And while we're on the subject, look close, you may not see me here again

    A zucchini sits and ripens on its hill

    You’re stuck there, but a vine grows where it will

    If you'd prefer to be cut off, that's fine

    It's easy to reroute a clingin vine.

    3. And if I'm a clinging vine, then you're a melon

    And while we're on the subject, it's time that I was tellin’ you goodbye.

    You're too puffed up to see another's worth

    I'll take my roots and twine around the earth

    Good luck out on your own - I think you'll find

    You’ll wish that you still had that clingin vine....

    Good luck out on your own - I think you'll find

    You’ll wish that you still had your clingin vine....too bad!

  • 04:13 Story Lyrics The Living Wage

    The Living Wage

    Words and music by Kristin Lems

    © 2007 Kleine Ding Music (BMI)

     

    Well I'm a working woman and a single mother too

    I got a full time job, it seemed the only thing to do

    Now I work five days, it's a 40 hour week

    And here's my life, come close and take a peek (2x)

     

    It's $1200 a month before the SSI and tax

    The take-home pay is $900 and 1/2

    And the rent takes half of that, leaving $475

    With a hundred for the groceries to keep us all alive (2x)

     

    From the $375, take out $50 for the heat

    And $50 for the lights and phone, utilities complete,

    From the $275 take my public transport pass

    To get me to and from this job, for which I bust my ass (2x)

     

    But I haven't finished yet, no, my babies are so young

    That one is not in school yet, he has not yet begun

    So I pay $200 to a mom who lives near me

    So she can spend ten hours a day with him -- instead of me

    So she can spend 10 precious hours with him - instead of me

     

    And add to that the clothing bill, the cleaning bill, the shoes

    Prescriptions and medicine, birthday gifts and Brownie dues

    And take all of that from the sum of $75

    And your guess is as good as mine just how we stay alive (2x)

     

    But the system is so thoughtful and the bankers are so kind

    They've given me some credit cards for when I fall behind

    So I make my monthly payments, a mere 39 to go --

    Just looking at this nightmare makes me want to stay at home  (2x)

     

    They're trying to get welfare mothers into full time jobs

    If we aren't thrilled to leave the home, they call us lazy slobs -

    Offer minimum wage, no benefits, and no childcare, naturally

    So more can join the weary ranks of working poor like me (2x)

     

    Oh I'd like to take each potbellied pol who talks that way

    And let him try to take a walk in my shoes for a day,

    He'd be screaming and crying and begging and irate

    To raise the living wage now, before it is too late (2x)

     

    For I'm a working woman and a single mother too

    I left my full time job, it seemed the only thing to do

    And until that happy day that the living wage is raised,

    I'll do odd jobs, stay with my kids, and home is where I'll stay

    This rich land can afford it, we have got to find a way

    We've got to raise the living wage -- we've got to find a way!

     

     

    On the recording Equality Road - Kristin Lems - Carolsdatter Productions

     

     

     

     

     

  • 03:29 Story Lyrics Still in Love with You

    Took down all of my notebooks

    To recall where I'd been

    All the extravagant young feelings

    Coming out of my pen, but still I am

    The same, essentially the same

    Believe me I'm the same

    I'm still in love with you.

    On the pages I confided

    All the troubles I'd seen

    when you were gone, I decided

    How much could any of it mean?

    but still I am the same

    essentially the same

    believe me I'm the same

    I'm still in love with you.

    Early feelings I'd get

    I will never forget

    And I'm feeling them yet.

    In the world of my notebook

    We had a different end

    We'd live together forever

    Now you're not even my friend!

    But still I am the same...

    I'm still in love with you.

    Early feelings I'd get....

    Darling, there have been others

    Over time and over space

    So often under the covers

    I can remember your face!

    Is it still the same?

    I hope it is the same

    Believe me I'm the same

    I'm still in love with you....

     

  • 03:13 Story Lyrics
    Days of the Theocracy

    Words and music by Kristin Lems

    © 1979, 2005, 2015 Kleine Ding Music (BMI)

    First they fight abortion, birth control is next,

    Then comes sex if you’re not married, finally, out goes sex!

    Put the prayers back in the schools, install "parochiaid,"

    Allow for corporal punishment, and then you got it made!

    Chorus: We’re going back, back to the good ole days

    When men were really men and women knew their place

    Back, back a couple of centuries

    And welcome back the days of the theocracy!

    2. The family is so holy, there must be no divorce

    And if a wife is not content, she must adjust, of course

    And if he’s forced to beat her, it’s all for her own good

    She must know what her limits are, as any woman should.,

    (chorus) 

    3. The next to go is daycare,

    it’s all a commie plot!

    What could be more fulfilling than a child, wanted or not?

    A woman’s world is housework, God wanted it that way

    A salaried job degrades her since she never works for pay

    (chorus)

    4. They teach us women’s lot is "love honor and obey"

    And while their crusty notions seem like jokes to us today,

    They’re sitting in the Capitol, they’re voting on our lives

    If we don’t stop them soon, our freedom will not long survive!  

    Alt chorus:

    No going back, back to the bad ole days...

    When men were really masters and women were their slaves

    let's go ahead, ahead for future centuries,

    And build a world that’s based on true democracy

    And build a world that’s based on true equality!

    Ah – person!

  • 02:23 Story
    Chicago Calypso
  • 04:39 Story Lyrics Catch it on the Run

    Catch it on the Run
    Words and music by Kristin Lems © 1981, 1983, 2014

    Love may stay a lifetime, but more likely just a day
    How long it lasts is anybody's guess
    The covenant may break at any time along the way
    But that doesn't make us need love any less!

    You've got to catch it on the run, catch it on the run
    Catch it catch it catch it catch it on the run.

    The leaves have started changing now,
    the gardens have gone dry
    the evening chill betrays the heat of noon.
    As harvests are brought in, the empty fields give out a sigh
    Summer's gone, and fall will be gone soon.

    You got to catch it on the run....

    Only you can determine
    Only you can decide
    If you wanna keep living and learning
    You’ve got to get on and ride…
    you’ve got to catch it on the run…

    A headful of ideas and a pocketful of dreams
    To see the world, to leave something of worth
    Each child is born in mystery, not knowing what life means
    How brief our magic moment on the earth!
    You've got to catch it on the run....

  • 03:40 Download Story Lyrics Union ABCs

    Union ABCs words and music by Kristin Lems © 2007 Kleine Ding Music (BMI)

    It's time to learn your Union ABCs
    Just sing them and repeat them till they come right out with ease
    The more you study them, the more you will know
    So here's the song, sing along, this is how it goes

    It starts with A for Action
    B for the Boycott's clout
    C is for the Contract we will not work without
    D is for Demands we make, like
    E the Eight-hour day
    And for Equal Rights and Equal Work with Equal Pay

    F is for the Fight for a contract that is fair
    G, it feels Good when we get there!
    H is for our Heroes that we never will forget
    I for their Integrity inspiring all they met

    Like J, Joe Hill and Mother Mary Jones
    Giving us, K, the Knowledge, that we are not alone
    Fight like "L," Mother Jones would always say
    In M, all of the Mines and Mills where workers toil away

    Saying N, No, Nobody can treat me like a slave
    O, go Organize from the cradle to the grave
    P is for the Power of a Picket or a strike
    And Q is for the Quality and pride in work done right

    Singing "R" you with us? Tell me which said are you on?
    S, Solidarity goes singing on and on
    T and U, Talkin Union! And V's for Victory!
    And W stands for "We Will Win" and soon the world will see
    That if you sign your "X" on the union line
    There's better days for you.
    Y do we struggle? For bread and roses too.
    Z is for the Zeal we feel when we sing this song
    For now we've learned our ABCs,
    The union makes us strong…

    (out on Solidarity Forever)

     

  • 04:38 Story
    Gol-e-Yakh
  • 04:18 Story Lyrics Smith Hall

    ..It takes you in, music asks no questions....sit down, begin, and watch your spirit fly! Go where you will, music will go with you Let your heart thrill - never let the beat die!

  • 03:04 Story Lyrics Too Cheap to Meter

    Too Cheap to Meter

    words and music by Kristin Lems  © 2000 Kleine Ding Music (BMI)

    From the album “In the Out Door” (digitized and re-released on Equality Road album)

    1. The war was done and time was on our side

    And no one spoke of how many died in Japan

    And no one knew just what that blast began

    Such power fell into a few men’s hands

    It seemed they had the world at their command for awhile

    When asked about the dangers, they would smile, and say it’s

    Chorus

    Too cheap to meter, too cheap to meter, too cheap to meter

    Like the sun, like the sun.

    2. While testing over ground out in the West

    The Army sent its men to watch the test from nearby

    And radiation marked those men to die

    The weapons contracts signed, the treaties made

    Plutonium produced at weapons-grade up for sale

    No one spoke of the outcomes should they fail – the risks are

    Too small to mater, too small to meter, too small to meter

    They built on and on and on

    3.  As plants went up, the cost of them did too

    And cancer rates dramatically grew in our land

    But still they keep us to their deadly plan

    But the truth is too inconsistent to conceal

    As accidents and close calls get revealed one by one

    How many must be lost before they’re done?  Is our health

    Too cheap to meter?  Too cheap to meter?

    Are they too cheap to care for everyone, everyone?

    4.  Insurance flees in fear, too much to pay

    And realtors run off the other way at top speed

    What better proof could any person need?

    But energy is blowing in the wind

    And streaming from the sun, and hidden in a waterfall

    Let’s stop the nukes before they stop us full!  The risks are

    Too steep to meter, too steep to meter, too steep to meter

    Shut ‘em down, one by one, shut ‘em down!

    The risks are too steep to meter, too steep to meter,

    The dumps, the plants, the breeder, shut ‘em down every one

    Shut ‘em down! 

  • 03:49 Story Lyrics Chernobyl
    I'll tell you a story that happened in April of 1986 An explosion and subsequent meltdown Caused damage that never can be fixed A nuclear reactor at Chernobyl Like so many others round the globe Did what experts say cannot happen And like a bomb did explode chorus: Chernobyl, I vow I will Use all my power to prevent the hour That our earth shall live no more From nuclear accident or war For some, it’s a day to talk of heroes Those brave souls that put the fire out SBut let’s not forget the well?placed cowards Who continue to bring these things about As horror hit the evening newscreen And the scope of destruction became clear The nuclear lobby voiced its new theme That "the only problem is our fear," The poison extends through the foodchain And death extends through the years It comes with the wind and the light rain It knows no borders or frontiers We cannot change what has happened We cannot erase what has passed But one thing's for sure, if this planet will endure This accident has got to be our last Make nuclear power something of the past!
  • 02:46 Story Lyrics Rosa Parks

    In Montgomery Alabama not a long time ago A colored lady sat down on the bus She was tired, she did day work She scrubbed floors, her feet hurt And since that day, she changed the world for us Because she said, “No sir, I won’t get up. I’m tired and I want to sit down and I won’t get up.” You can talk about Martin Luther King, Have demonstrations, anything Just remember who began it – Rosa Parks! Well in this wide and wicked world, tell me What kind of man Would say to a nice old lady, “Nxxx, get up!” Well she was just like me and you And she did what she must do And she said, “No sir, I won’t get up.” And she said, “No sir, I won’t get up. I’m tired and I want to sit down and I won’t get up.” You can talk about Martin Luther King, Have demonstrations, anything Just remember who began it – Rosa Parks! Well one day the South will rise And the North will realize Who our heroes really truly are And then we’ll tear down those statues Of Robert E. Lee And put one up for good ole Rosie Parks! Because she said, “No sir, I won’t get up. I’m tired and I want to sit down and I won’t get up.” You can talk about Martin Luther King, Have demonstrations, anything Just remember who began it – Rosa Parks!

  • 03:54 Story Lyrics How Nice

    How nice!  a tender untried feeling

    is growing in his heart when he sees his lover's glances.

    How nice! she finds him quite appealing

    but holds herself apart, still prefers not to take chances

    He finds her name in poetry, she finds him on TV

    They cast themselves as famous lovers back through history

    But if both of them were women or if both of them were men

    Who would be their famous lovers then?

    2.  How nice! they're starting to go steady

    He calls her everyday, and they're going out together

    How nice! their parents think they're ready

    It would happen anyway - you can't hold them back forever!

    He's proud of her intelligence, she's proud of his physique

    They're proud to be in public, at the prom, they're cheek to cheek

    But if both of them were women or if both of them were men

    Where could they dance together then? 

    3.  How nice! they're feeling so romantic!

    They're kissing on the street, they see no one but each other.

    How nice! no reason to get frantic

    It's really pure and sweet - they look like sister and brother.

    They stand in lines for movies and they hold each other tight

    Go out with other couples, hand and hand under the lights

    But if both of them were women or if both of them were men

    Where could they show affection then?

    4.  How nice! they're going to be married!

    Their parents were so worried that there wouldn't be a wedding!

    How nice! traditions have been carried

    Now the family's in a flurry - oh, it's such a happy ending!

    With rings and vows and showers they will certify their love

    With presents from the relatives and blessing from above

    But if both of them were women or if both of them were men

    Who would congratulate them then?

    How nice! How nice! How.....nice.

     

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