The Shredded Schrader

September 21, 2009

Cyclists Forever (Rough Draft)

Filed under: Solidarity — Danimal @ 6:28 pm

The following is a slight rewrite of Solidarity Forever, to the tune of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (of course)… If we want to survive the dictatorship of the speedy parasite, then we need to join  together. I introduce a Union of Cyclists!

When the union’s inspiration through the cyclist’s blood shall run,
There can be no power greater than our bikes beneath the sun;
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one,
But the union makes us strong.

Cyclists bicycling forever,
Cyclists bicycling forever,
Cyclists bicycling forever,
For the union makes us strong

Is there aught we hold in common with the speedy parasite,
Who would run us off the freeway and would crush us in his flight?
Is there anything left to us but to organize and bike?
For the union makes us strong.

Cyclists bicycling forever,
Cyclists bicycling forever,
Cyclists bicycling forever,
For the union makes us strong

They have wasted untold barrels and never stopped to learn,
That without our wheels and muscle, their future will be burned
We can free ourselves from oil, and claim what we have earned
For the union makes us strong.

“forever” was going to be “together,” but I thought it too cheesy… What are your opinions? Suggestions? Additional versus based (or not based) on the verses I didn’t write? Rewrites of my stuff? gimme gimme gimme. I’m no Ralph Chaplin.

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