the punk paradox

Defiance Ohio – “I Don’t Want Solidarity If It Means Holding Hands With You,” 2003

Let’s stop this talk of privilege
because the songs that we sing are as much a product of our privileges as
the clothes on my back or the phone call I made to my mom last night
Let’s stop this talk of action
because action comes easy
it’s the moments just before that are hard
when I’ve got to get my voice and my fist on the same page as my heart
as my heart

And let’s stop this talk of them
because the things we find deplorable in politicians, CEOs and cops
are the same things that will tear ourselves apart
and let’s stop this talk of words
because words like dishonesty selfishness and laziness and greed
aren’t as distant to us as we’d like to believe
to believe.

So please,
the next time you’re smashing the state, don’t go breaking my heart
but I know
that when you pick up the pieces,
the only thing left will be the same empty rubble that’s
made up every revolution that I’ve ever known
to make me believe and lose faith in humanity
in the same empty breath of hot air

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