Rise Up - EP

by Jeremy Hoop

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released May 6, 2010

All songs by Jeremy Hoop
Produced by Jeremy Hoop and Aaron Merrill
Opus Meridian Records


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Track Name: Rise Up
"I regard myself as a soldier...a soldier of peace." - Ghandi

Rise Up
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. They are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty...the pursuit of happiness." - The Declaration of Independence

Lookin' at millions under a circus tent
Watchin' a jackass chase a dumb pachyderm
Oh what a show!
Tappin' on any shoulder that I can find
Of anyone on there who might change their mind
It's time to go.
To the real world outside with those pirate ships
The drunken sailors with dirty lips
That rule the night
Shoutin' don't be afraid of those wicked men
There's more of us than there are of them
Come join the fight!

Rise up and be counted
Take your part in the solution
Linking arm in arm, to arms, to arms
Lower your guns and raise your voices
Join the peaceful revolution
Shout I'm mad as hell
and I will ring the bell of freedom

Ride with me from Boston to Phili to LA
With reason come marching
With knowledge come drumming
Let everyone hear you
Each soul that is near you
The British are coming! the British are coming!

We built a house of sticks a hall of parlor tricks
But we blame it all on our politics
Oh what a shame!
Truth is the cancer ain't just in the head
Half the body's nearly dead
We're all to blame
Time to pledge no more standing on one thin leg
Lack of principle's a powder-keg
And we can't wait
If we just say what we mean mean what we say
Take back the power we gave away
It's not too late - Grab your tea and follow me

Rise up and be counted
Take your part in the solution
Linking arm in arm with words as arms
Lower your guns and raise your voices
Join the peaceful revolution
Have you an ear to hear, an eye that sees us
We come in the Spirit of Martin, of Ghandi, of Jesus
Holding fast to the words with the power that frees us
Rise up. Make your choices
Choose the peaceful revolution
Sell what you have to sell so the devil can tell
Then let them raise their hell
And we will ring the bell of freedom
The bell of freedom
The bell of freedom
Track Name: Never Alone
Virtue is the enemy, anger now the norm
Greed the only currency keeping rich and poor both warm
You've seen enough of what was beautiful erode
Now you're running in before it all explodes

Never alone in the day of fire and ice
Never alone in the way of sacrifice
Never alone when you dare defend the right
Never alone when you're standing in the light

There are always others near, though you may not see
When the choice is crystal clear force or ever free
You'll be reaping now where many once have sowed
You're not the only one to walk a straight and narrow road

Never alone saying more than you would say
Never alone as they shout "behold the fool!"
Never alone paying more than you could pay
Never alone in the stain of ridicule
Never alone when they're twisting in the knife
Never alone when you're laying down your life
Never alone at the limit of your might
Never alone when you're standing in the light

We are not alone, forged for any weather
Tear the sinews break the bones, We are bound together
We know as we are known, far seeing is our sight
Founded on the stone, Standing in the light
Founded on the stone, Standing in the light

Never alone as the conflict rages on
Never alone in the aching of the night
Never alone til the breaking of the dawn
Never alone when you're taking up the fight
Never alone though all hope is waning dim
Never alone you're on wings of seraphim
Never alone love's the current of your flight
Never alone when you're standing in the light
Never alone
Track Name: Remember
Peace, prosperity, pride
Our wizards said there’d be no ebb to this tide
And the sages did not see the spaces to hide
Or the cracks in the footings, the termites inside

Then darkness broke through that clear morn in September
When our land saw the blackest hell
I swore what I’d be, and I would remember
The day after...

When what to my wondering worry worn eyes
Mere strangers at once turn near kindred with binding ties
City to city to wide open country skies
No left or right, black or white, hands on hearts, all please arise!

The light that shone through those dark days like an ember
Lit the fires of the citadel
And we swore what we'd be, we'd always remember
The days after the towers fell

Short memories, of braveries, of slaveries,
Prone to retreat
And walk through the door, like Rome before, forevermore
Known in defeat
The remedy, no mystery: know history
Or be doomed to repeat it.

Just seven short years, oops! we've blown it again
The bubbles this time around are bigger times ten
The Animal spirits broke loose from the pen
Can we put them back, pull the slack, right the track
But it's business as usual, we're playing the fool
Though no bodies falling to the ground, no smell of jet fuel
The carnage lying round the bend's as real and as cruel

Many realms gone before have marched to their December
While the crowds cried "all is well!"
That fate will be ours if we don't remember
The days after, the days after
The towers fell

Remember the days after
Remember the day after
Remember the day after
Remember, Remember, Remember