FREEDOMS WE'VE BEEN FIGHTING FOR
words & music by Thom Parrott
Copyright © 1967 by Thom Parrott
We've fought a thousand battles. We've won a hundred wars.
From the bloody ridge at Gettysburg to China's "Open Door."
And it's written in our history, it's recorded in our lore,
All the wonder of the freedoms that we've been fighting for.
We drove the Indians from their land, their hallowed grounds to till.
They went if they were savvy. If they stayed they all were killed.
And it didn't matter that this land belonged to them before,
For they were not red men's freedoms that we were fighting for.
And when we crossed the mountains to the California side,
And gold was found at Sutter's Mill, no force could stem the tide.
Freedom was the battle cry but greed was at the core,
And they were not Mexican freedoms that we were fighting for.
And when the Civil War came and fathers killed their sons,
Emancipation was the cause for which it all was done.
But the slavery of two hundred years lived another hundred more,
For they were not Negro freedoms that we were fighting for.
And when our boys in Viet Nam drive out the Viet Cong,
Behind them come the landlords to continue all their wrongs.
And a government of tyranny treats its country like a whore.
Are they Oriental freedoms that we are fighting for?
And when we rise to speak our minds against the cancer's spread,
We're told that we're responsible for the rising toll of dead.
Then we're battered and we're beaten for we stand against this war.
Tell me, where are all the freedoms that you say we're fighting for?
Broadside Ballads, Volume 4
The Time Will Come and Other Songs from Broadside Magazine
Folkways Recordings -- 05312, 1967
The Time Will Come -- Elaine White
Hold Back The Waters -- Will McLean, Paul Champion
The Migrant's Song -- Danny Valdez, Augustin Lira
Don't Talk To Strangers -- Chris Gaylord
Shady Acres -- Blind Girl Grunt (Janis Ian)
Osceola -- Will McLean, Paul Champion
El Picket Sign -- El Teatro Campesino
I've Been Told -- Paul Kaplan
Freedoms We've Been Fighting For -- Tom Parrott, John Maciewicz
Genocide -- Zachary 2 and Group
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