With the fight for democracy spreading across the Middle East and folks in this country taking on the tyrannical forces that be, it’s time to show our solidarity with those who are willing to fight the power.

So to kick off this theme, here are a few faves of mine, beginning with the namesake of this thread:

Revolution – Beatles

All You Fascists Bound To Lose – Woody Guthrie

Keep On Rockin In The Free World – Neil Young & Pearl Jam

Power to the People – John Lennon

Your turn!

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Khirad
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Arab Classical sung by Egyptian singers.

Amal Maher – Ruins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwQ0_Yb_1MA

Ghada Ragab – The Narrative of Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqnTw2S8fPg

This type of music moves me in ways Western Classical just never will. Can’t compare the two, but there just seems to be a whole other range of emotions captured in the different tuning, scales and expression. And the drama!

Khirad
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Some more Amr Diab.

Habibi Ya Nour El Ain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DJ0fQwegOk

w/ English translation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiIjau-0wWI

Kalby Ekhtarak لبى اختارك

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyba0fhiajA

Now compare that last one with this. 😉

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-StSngMUFvY

Okay enough for ladies. Back to MY favorite Egyptian.

kesmarn
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Wow…it’s not hard at all to connect the dots from the Middle East to Spain, when it comes to music, is it, Khirad? On numbers 2 and 3, you fully expect a little Santana guitar riff in the middle!

And I’m sure you are merely admiring Miss Ruby’s…”flexibility,” no?

PatsyT
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Do You Hear the People Sing?
From Les Miserables
17 Jean Valjeans!
httpsh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUCZywEwbvo&feature=related

httpsh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDY0BAe_qGQ&feature=related

Sally Field
Norma Rae
httpsh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IJZx4S6NT0

kesmarn
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Patsy, I loved the Les Miserable one. You can never have too many Jean Valjeans!

Khirad
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Sing-along in Tahrir Square!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMpcgAYm2kk

كلنا يد واحدة
طلبنا حاجة واحدة
إرحل إرحل
يسقط يسقط حسني مبارك
الشعب يريد إسقاط النظام
هو يمشي…أمشي؟

Kulina yad wāḥda
Ṭalabna ḥāga wāḥda
Irḥalu, irḥal
Yasquṭ, yasquṭ Husnī Mubārak
Ash-sha’b yurīd isqaṭ an-niẓām
Huwa yamshī, mushna amshī

We all, one hand
Requested one thing
Leave, leave!
Down, down, Hosni Mubarak
The people want to dismantle the regime
He is going, we aren’t going.

kesmarn
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The more I see of the Egyptian people, the more I think I am beginning to fall in love with them.

Khirad
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And to think I haven’t posted any Amr Diab yet!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_cwJSgCIfM

This guy is an Arab pop super star. He’s like SUPER famous throughout the Arab world and beyond.

And, he’s Egyptian.

kesmarn
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Thanks, Khirad. A talented guy — and it doesn’t hurt that he’s a cutie, too! Isn’t it amazing that those trills and grace notes in his singing style have been around in traditional ME/Eastern music for hundreds of years? It’s a very distinct singing style, and I think you almost have to be born into it, to be able to do it right.

PatsyT
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Ohhh He is cool!

Khirad
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Khirad
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KB723

DropKick Murphys…. The Worker’s Song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTafZRecy2k

“Dedicated to All working folk, Including Myself”

KB723
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KB723

DropKick Murphys….. The Worker’s Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTafZRecy2k

“Decicated to All working Folk, Including Myself”

KB723
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KB723

Anniversary Song…. PinHead GunPowder

KB723
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KB723

Hey Folks… I thought it a Good Idea to type in the lyrics for this tune…. Enjoy…. 😉

I DROVE A WEDGE BETWEEN THE DAY AND NIGHT
MY FEAR IS CASTING A SHADOW
THIS GUILT TRIP’S DRIVING DOWN THE STREET TONIGHT
MY SPIRIT TAKES ME THROUGH THIS AVENUE

THE TIME HAS COME TODAY
BUT I STOPPED TWO BLOCKS AWAY
SOMEDAY I WILL RETURN
TO THE ASHES THAT I BURNED
TO SING A SONG OF LOVE AND SORROW

I WAS PUMMELED IN THIS HOUSE OF PAIN
BUT I SURVIVED THE WARS I WAGED
AND I’VE SCREAMED WITH ALL THE SPIT
THAT’S ON THIS STAGE
“THIS OPEN HEART IS BACK TOMORROW”

THE TIME HAS COME TODAY
BUT I STOPPED TWO BLOCKS AWAY
SOMEDAY I WILL RETURN
TO THE ASHES THAT I BURNED
TO SING A SONG OF LOVE AND SORROW

kesmarn
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Diana Ross — We Shall Overcome

PatsyT
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Peter, Paul and Mary
Live Washington Peace March 1971
httpsh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8U6Oh9uSY8

PatsyT
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Smothers Brothers
httpsh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFVrtjUmz7c

bito
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Pretty subversive, Patsy, no wonder they got thrown off the air.

kesmarn
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Tracy Chapman

Kalima
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Democracy Leonard Cohen

Sorry, you will have to click on “Watch on youtube” on the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5g8CA5ltR8

Lyrics.

“Democracy”

It’s coming through a hole in the air,
from those nights in Tiananmen Square.
It’s coming from the feel
that this ain’t exactly real,
or it’s real, but it ain’t exactly there.
From the wars against disorder,
from the sirens night and day,
from the fires of the homeless,
from the ashes of the gay:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.
It’s coming through a crack in the wall;
on a visionary flood of alcohol;
from the staggering account
of the Sermon on the Mount
which I don’t pretend to understand at all.
It’s coming from the silence
on the dock of the bay,
from the brave, the bold, the battered
heart of Chevrolet:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

It’s coming from the sorrow in the street,
the holy places where the races meet;
from the homicidal bitchin’
that goes down in every kitchen
to determine who will serve and who will eat.
From the wells of disappointment
where the women kneel to pray
for the grace of God in the desert here
and the desert far away:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

Sail on, sail on
O mighty Ship of State!
To the Shores of Need
Past the Reefs of Greed
Through the Squalls of Hate
Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on.

It’s coming to America first,
the cradle of the best and of the worst.
It’s here they got the range
and the machinery for change
and it’s here they got the spiritual thirst.
It’s here the family’s broken
and it’s here the lonely say
that the heart has got to open
in a fundamental way:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

It’s coming from the women and the men.
O baby, we’ll be making love again.
We’ll be going down so deep
the river’s going to weep,
and the mountain’s going to shout Amen!
It’s coming like the tidal flood
beneath the lunar sway,
imperial, mysterious,
in amorous array:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

Sail on, sail on …

I’m sentimental, if you know what I mean
I love the country but I can’t stand the scene.
And I’m neither left or right
I’m just staying home tonight,
getting lost in that hopeless little screen.
But I’m stubborn as those garbage bags
that Time cannot decay,
I’m junk but I’m still holding up
this little wild bouquet:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

bito
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Love that song, Kalima!!! love those words!!

Kalima
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You can make it your ring tone for your cell phone, unfortunately I don’t have one, a cell phone I mean.

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/l/leonard+cohen/democracy_20082879.html