Don’t Let It Get You Down

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Bilgewater

“if the sun was always shining and our load always light we’d be shaking like a leaf with every God given night and we’d break under the weight of any pressure that was ever applied”

“will you be ready when the straw boss calls? he’s got an ever loving bone to pick with one and all don’t let his condescension get you down just have the strength to know you’re wrong and when you’re right the strength to stand your ground”

Salt for Salt by Brown Bird

Not Pretty, Not Angry, Just Honest

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Not A Pretty Girl

“I am not a pretty girl
That is not what I do
I ain’t no damsel in distress
And I don’t need to be rescued”

“I am not an angry girl
But it seems like I’ve got everyone fooled
Every time I say something
They find hard to hear
They chalk it up to my anger
And never to their own fear
And imagine you’re a girl
Just trying to finally come clean
Knowing full well they’d prefer
You were dirty and smiling”

Not A Pretty Girl by Ani DiFranco

Don’t Make Me Say It

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You Can’t Treat Me That Way

“You’ve got a woman who knows her worth
And ain’t prepared to compromise it
You better listen you better make it better
But don’t make me say
You can’t treat me that way”

Kate Earl by Kate Earl

 

Finally Arrived

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Muddy Waters

You can run but you can’t hide
What’s done in darkness will be brought to the light

We’re heading out to the promised land
And all you got to do is take your stand”

“Go and put up your hands and fight
You know that something ain’t right
Been waiting half your life
And that day has finally arrived”

Hold On by Gospel Whiskey Runners

Nothing In My Head To Say

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Train Song

“Traveling north, traveling north to find you
Train wheels beating, the wind in my eyes
Don’t even know what I’ll find when I get to you
Call out your name love, don’t be surprised”

“Nothing at all, in my head, to say to you
Only the beat of the train I’m on
Nothing I’ve learned all my life on the way to you
One day our love was over and gone”

Dark Was The Night, Feist and Ben Gibbard

You Know How I Feel

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Feeling Good

“Fish in the sea, you know how I feel
River runnin’ free, you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree, you know how I feel
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day,
it’s a new life for me,
And I’m feelin’ good”

“Stars when you shine, you know how I feel
Scent of the pine, you know how I feel
Yeah, freedom is mine, and I know how I feel..
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me”

I Put A Spell on You by Nina Simone

Trafficking Victims Are Your Equals

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January is Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

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Letter To A John

“I want you to pay me for my beauty
I think it’s only right
‘Cause I have been paying for it
All of my life”

“We barely have time to react in this world
Let alone rehearse
And I don’t think I’m better than you
But I don’t think that I’m worse
Women learn to be women
And men learn to be men
And I don’t blame it all on you
But I don’t want to be your friend”

Out of Range by Ani DiFranco

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Security or Identity?

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On the Steps of the Palace

“So then which do you pick:
Where you’re safe out of sight,
And yourself, but where everything’s wrong,
Or where everything’s right,
And you know that you’ll never belong?”

Into The Woods, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine

Selective Application of Laws

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Every State Line

“And every state line
There’s a new set of laws
And every police man
Comes equipped with extended claws
There’s a thousand shades of white
And a thousand shades of black
But the same rule always applies
Smile pretty, and watch your back”

Imperfectly by Ani DiFranco