New Song From Dave Lippman: “Are You Sleeping (On Wall Street)?”

Our friend Dave Lippman has a new song he’s uploaded to called “Are Your Sleeping” that aptly demonstrates the master art of effective song parody by using a song we all learned as a child. Check it out here:

(Note: you will need to click on the “Play” button to hear Dave’s new song.)

GUITARMY In The “Freedom Cage,” May 5th, 2012

Braced by its success on May Day, Occupy Guitarmy made its way to Federal Hall this past Saturday to jam on the steps of the building where the Bill of Rights is housed, guarded by General George Washington. One-half of these steps has been designated by federal authorities as a “First Amendment Area,” and this small space, ringed by barricades, has been dubbed “the Freedom Cage” by demonstrators.

Here, the GUITARMY jams on a chant-oriented song loosely based on the Pointer Sisters’ 1972 hit, “I’ll Take You There.” The Guitarmy version simplifies the song to a C-F chord progression, accompanied by whatever lyrics are on protesters’ minds at the moment.


The really cool part is when that gang of high-schoolers comes through and cheers. That truly made everyone’s day.

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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

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

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

Musically Occupying Wall Street, April 19, 2012

The Occuponics’ Steve Baldwin, with Carlos Mandelbaum on sax, lead a micro-march on Wall Street before historic Federal Hall. The song is “Wall Street, Your Kingdom Must Come Down,” which was taught to the group back in November 2011 by Painless Parker, AKA Noam Berg. Thanks to Jennifer Maskell for getting our procession on tape. The acoustics at Federal Hall are excellent, and the band will attempt to play down there as much as possible.

With Guest Dave Lippman: “All We Are Saying Is End Corporate Crime”

The Occuponics perform with master parodist Dave Lippman at Zuccotti Park (AKA Liberty Plaza), April, 2011. The work performed is Dave’s parody of John Lennon’s classic “All We Are Saying Is Give Peace a Chance,” a song that became a bona fide anthem of the anti-war movement of the late 1960s that Dave has updated for today’s era.

The Occupy Wall Street Song by Paul Stein, Accordionist, Oct 23, 2011

The Occuponics perform Paul Stein’s Occupy Wall Street Song on October, 23rd, 2011, at Zuccotti Park, AKA Liberty Square. This recording was made several weeks before police raided the encampment, and one can get a good idea of how the camp looked in its prime, and sense the wonderful energy that was present in the place.

Occuponics: Occupy Wall Street Christmas: Feliz Navidad

On Christmas Day, 2011, in Zuccotti Park the Occuponics, with other musicians, perform Feliz Navidad, a traditional Christmas song made popular by Jose Feliciano. Feliz Navidad is a great song to play in public spaces, because most people know the melody, the chords are easy to play, and the spirit of the song is infectious. This song has the power to cheer people up, and one should never underestimate the importance of being able to do this when people are genuinely suffering.

OWS 2011 – Occupy Xmas – Zuccotti Park, NYC

Despite the fact that many protesters continued to feel aggrieved after they were denied the right to protest by encamping at Zuccotti Park (AKA Liberty Square), Christmas Day at Zuccotti Park was a joyous experience, and the Occuponics were on hand to provide musical support to the demonstrators.

As the evening darkened, the lights in the park glittered gaily, as protestors pondered the meaning of Christmas and were kept warm by a wonderful meal prepared by the OWS kitchen. Much of the food was donated by local restaurants, a fact that everyone was grateful for.

On Christmas Day, the Occuponics performed many songs at Zuccotti. This recording captures the band doing one of their standards, Paul Stain’s Occupy Wall Street Song.