Saturday, January 28, 2017

The World Turned Upside Down: A Modernization

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The World Turned Upside Down was written in protest of Parliament. Legend says that the song, referenced in the musical Hamilton, was played by the British Army upon their surrender to the United States.

Listen to me and you shall hear of government gaslighting, opulence, fear:
Since Galileo in days of yore, you never heard the like before.
The truth is despised, “alt facts” are devised,
And science is kicked out of town.
Yet let's be content, and the times lament, you see the world turned upside down.

Astrophysicists did rejoice to see gravity waves; others sang with one voice
That climate change is humanity’s thing, that now genes may receive editing.
(Let all honest folk take example and note
That truth is not false, being bound.)
Yet let's be content, and the times lament, you see the world turned upside down.
 
Our Commander thinks himself a king, reddens to hear we’re organizing;
Upon the border he’ll set a wall; Muslims already are part of the thrall.
He profits on pain: an incubus reign.
His soul’s a moral ghost town.
Yet let's be content, and the times lament, you see the world turned upside down.
 
Command is given, we must obey, and quite forget Obama’s day:
For our constitution, a funeral pyre; for those who resist, a narcissist’s ire.
Such fear and such hate (which I won’t advocate);
Will he gag everyone with his crown?
Yet let's be content, and the times lament, you see the world turned upside down.
 
Old white men do sit and whine; fragility works overtime:
Their plan to make America great keeps diversity from the debate.
“Wait and see” is their bald-faced decree;
Democracy’s not his playground.
Yet let's be content, and the times lament, you see the world turned upside down.
 
To conclude, stay focused, woke in your vigil: this is not normal, our gilded official.
The barred glass ceiling soon will break as parks declare the change they’ll make.
We’ll protest and plummet this Putinist puppet;
Let “we the people” resound.
Yet let's be content, and the times lament, you see the world turned upside down.

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