Chokehold – a new song

March against police brutality 082314 Photo by Stacy Lanyon

I sang the new song at the March for Justice for Victims of Police Brutality, on August 23, 2014 in Staten Island, pictured above.

(In the key of Dm – chords Dm, A, Gm)

by Paul Stein
www.paulsteinmusic.com

Eric Garner stood tall at six foot three,
A warm teddy bear of a man was he.
Lived in Staten Island with his family.
Lost his life to police brutality. (chorus)

(chorus)
Check out the video!
You can’t deny
A cop’s chokehold caused Eric to die.
Check out the video!
It’s plain to see
He was choked to death by the NYPD.

Cops claimed he sold “loosies” in the street,
So they went to arrest him on their beat.
For selling cigarettes, they took his life.
Left behind six children and a wife. (chorus)

Eric cried, “I can’t breathe,” as the cops jumped his back.
Did they ignore him ‘cause his skin is black?
Eric gasped, “I can’t breathe,” as he ran out of air,
But no cop tried to help him, they just didn’t care. (chorus)

As Eric lay motionless in great distress,
Four EMT’s showed that they couldn’t care less.
Along with eight cops, they just stood around,
Leaving Eric to die right there on the ground. (chorus)

The medical examiner confirmed how he died.
The ME’s report stated “homicide”.
Justice demands that the cops do hard time
For murdering Eric, a vile, racist crime. (chorus)

There was Amadou, Patrick, Sean, Ramarley before,
More recently Michael, and so many more.
Young black men cut down in a murder by cop.
We’re here to declare that this killing must stop. (chorus)

July 26, 2014 Brooklyn for Peace and Fort Greene Peace Vigil at Fowler Square in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

We need to work for peace for the sake of children all over the world!
And what could be more fun than playing for young children?
Gaza Vigil Children 7-26-14
Thanks to Matthew Weinstein for capturing the moment.

June 28, 2014 at Church of the Nativity in Manhattan, the Filthy Rotten System Played at a Party Honoring Jesuit Peace Activist Luke Hansen

With leader Bud Courtney on guitar and vocals, Jim Reagan on guitar and vocals, Brian Hynes on bass guitar, Jack Courtney on percussion, Raymond Todd on trombone, and Paul Stein on accordion. And Carmen Trotta waiting in the wings for his Elvis gig. Thanks to Bill Ofenloch for photo.
FRS Luke Hansen 062814 Bill Ofenloch