Occuponics Perform “NYPD: Why Don’t You Party With Me” at Zuccotti Park (AKA LIberty Square)


This video from CocoAndBrownie captures the Occuponics, at Zuccotti Park/AKA LIberty Square, back in March 2012 (a time the mainstream media continues to insist Occupy Wall Street had completely disappeared). As you can see, there were demonstrators there that cold March day.

As I’ve written elsewhere, Occupy never “faded away” at all: it was the media that “faded away” and I’m sure they’re already fading away again, now that May Day is behind us and Snooki’s PR agent is calling them complaining that they’re not paying enough attention to her travails.

“NYPD, Why Don’t You Party With Me” was written by Stephen Carl Baldwin in late 2011 during one of the Occuponics’ freeform jams in Zuccotti Park. The chord progression in this song (G-Em-C-D) is identical to Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” and “If I Had a Hammer,” as well as about a thousand Doo-Wop songs of the late 1950s. The song is intended to serve as a genuinely friendly ode to New York’s Finest, many of whom the songwriter believes sympathize with OWS while being forbidden by departmental protocol to share this opinion. In fact, on at least one occasion this song was greeted with shout-outs from a couple of police officers to “play it again!” At the same time, this song criticizes Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his heavy-handed treatment of Occupy Wall Street, characterizing the Mayor as having “a heart of stone.”

Lyrics to “NYPD, Why Don’t You Party With Me”

Hey Mayor Bloomberg
You saw us camping alone
And so you ruined our home
You’ve got a heart of stone

Hey Mayor Bloomberg
I used to think you were nice
You ain’t fooling us twice
You’ve got a heart of ice

So NYPD
Why don’t you party with me
We all know you’re the best
You’re New York’s finest

Yes, NYPD
Why don’t you party with me
We all know you’re the best
You’re New York’s finest

(repeat entire song once and face out with chorus (NYPD, why don’t you party with me…)

Copyright 2012, Stephen C. Baldwin

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