Fight to Win - Single

by Derek Brink

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Released as a single in advance of "Happy Now?" during the deliberation of the jury in Derek Chauvin's trial. I wanted my position to be clear. To be deleted upon release of the full album.

lyrics

Say her name.
Give her a face and make it human.
Say his name...
...and another name and another name...
And they wonder why we're using
any means necessary.
Some things will have to be burned down.
No more apologies.
We need action here and now.

You want change?
You have to BE the change.
And let justice be your guide.
The system is crashing.
And we're under-reacting.
We should be marching side-by-side.

We're passing down the fight
to another set of kids.
The same fight that's always been.
When teargas fills the sky
what will you say you did?
It's time we fight to win.

Your skin is an accident.
Your blood is a sacrament.
It's what you DO that makes you strong.
You want things quiet?
You're getting a riot.
Because YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE WRONG

in passing down the fight
to another set of kids.
The same fight that's always been.
When teargas fills the sky
what will you say you did?
It's time we fight to win.

(Whose streets? OUR STREETS.)

We're passing down the fight
to another set of kids.
The same fight that's always been.
When teargas fills the sky
what will you say you did?
It's time we fight to win.
We're passing down the fight
to another set of kids.
The same fight that's always been.
When teargas fills the sky
what will you say you did?
THIS TIME WE FIGHT TO WIN.

(Hands up, don't shoot.)
(What's his name? George Floyd. Say his name. George Floyd.)
(What's her name? Breonna Taylor. Say her name. Breonna Taylor.)
(BLACK LIVES MATTER. BLACK LIVES MATTER. BLACK LIVES MATTER. BLACK LIVES MATTER. BLACK LIVES MATTER...)

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released April 17, 2021
Protest crowd samples courtesy of the social media of a friend who wishes to remain uncredited.

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