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This is What Democracy Looks Like

A rally-ready protest song licensed through Creative Commons
Poet/Lyricist: 
Elizabeth Alexander
Composed especially for Justice Choir (www.justicechoir.org)

A short and sassy musical treatment of the popular social justice chant, easy to learn and appropriate for intergenerational singing.

Composed especially for the Justice Choir project, This is What Democracy Looks Like is licensed under a limited Creative Commons license, so the lead sheet may be freely downloaded and shared! *

If you have time, let me know where this song travels!

Download the free PDF of this song (and other songs of social justice) from JusticeChoir.org

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This is What Democracy Looks Like

Elizabeth Alexander, based on the popular social justice chant

ONE: We see that there’s a wrong to be righted.
TWO: We know that we are stronger when united.
THREE: We exercise our right to assemble.
FOUR: That’s when the proud and mighty start to tremble.
Just in case you’re wonderin’,
Just in case you’re wonderin’,
Just in case you’re wonderin’,
Hey, hey, look this way!

This is what democracy looks like.
SHOW ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!
This is what democracy looks like.
SHOW ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!
This is what democracy looks like.
SHOW ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!
This is what democracy looks like.
ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR!

Composer's Note: 

When JusticeChoir.org co-founder Abbie Betinis issued a call for new teachable songs for social justice choirs, she offered up this compositional challenge: Incorporate your favorite slogan or chant right into the music. I couldn't resist! I especially like it that even the youngest children can join in on the counting.

Reviews and Responses: 

"Thank you for giving us the perfect song to honor International Democracy day!" Lynn Mendoza-Khan, Professional Singer and Choir Director, First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego

Performers: 

Premiere: JusticeChoir.org / Tesfa Wondemagegnehu. National Justice Choir Launch (Minneapolis, MN)
Guardian Angels Music Ministry / Roger Stratton (Oakdale, MN)
Justice Choir-Indianapolis / Meagan Johnson (Indianapolis, IN)
Justice Choir-Ithaca / Jennifer Lawrence Birnbaum (Ithaca, NY)
Justice Choir-San Diego / Emilie Amrein (San Diego, CA)
Justice Choir-Twin Cities. Minnesota State Fair (St. Paul, MN)
Participants in the Alternatives to Violence Project / Anne Matlack (Chatham, NJ)

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