Boycott & Divestment Songs, Vol 1

BDScoverpicDave Lippman’s lucky 13th album is sure to foster instant unanimity,
dealing as it does with the struggles of Palestine to get out from under.

This disc brings together 19 of the songs sung in the streets by Dave and company
and untold others in recent years.

Boycott & Divestment Songs, Vol 1

Includes:

  • Bricks from the Wall
  • Buy Buy Apartheid
  • Human Rights Man
  • Boycott Call Is Comin’
  • Hit the Road AIPAC
  • Academic Boycott Days
  • Amazing Grace
  • Caterpillar (Chanukah oh Chanukah)
  • Friends of the IDF, Ciao
  • Gaza’s Ark
  • Hello AIPAC
  • More Dead and Gaza Moans
  • O Little Town of HP
  • Sabra Song
  • A Show Called Dig
  • Soda Streamin’ Dreamin’
  • Stuck Inside Apartheid with the Settler Blues Again
  • Why Can’t We Be Friends of the IDF?
  • This Boycott Was Made For You and Me

Buy It

LYRICS

BRICKS FROM THE WALL

We don’t need no occupation (Divest! Divest!)
We don’t need no swat patrol (Divest! Divest!)
Cat’s bulldozing West Bank classrooms (Divest! Divest!)
That’s not for the greater good
Elbit Systems, Caterpillar, G4S, Hewlett Packard, SodaStream
Hey, T-Cref, leave them kids alone!
All in all we’re gonna tear those bricks from the wall
All in all we’re gonna tear those bricks from the wall

We don’t need no Northrop Grumman (Divest! Divest!)
Death and mayhem from above (Divest! Divest!)
Motorola’s no Solution (Divest! Divest!)
For Palestine let’s show some love
Northrop Grumman, Veolia, Sodastream, Elbit Systems, Caterpillar
Hey, T-Cref, your dollars flatten homes!
All in all we’re gonna tear those bricks from the wall
All in all we’re gonna tear those bricks from the wall

We don’t need Veolia Light Rail (Divest! Divest!)
Seizing East Jerusalem (Divest! Divest!)
Divest from Elbit’s ammunition (Divest! Divest!)
And yes they helped to built the wall
Hewlett Packard, Northrop Grumman, Elbit Systems, Caterpillar, G4S
Hey, T-Cref, look how apartheid’s grown!
All in all we’re gonna tear those bricks from the wall
All in all we’re gonna tear those bricks from the wall

BUY BUY APARTHEID

(Bye, Bye Blackbird)

Pack up all your cares and woes,
Social conscience, there it goes
You buy apartheid
Dispossession you pursue
Because you say the land’s for you
You buy apartheid!

You don’t see the suffering of others
They’d all move away if you had your druthers
God gave you their water and land
That’s why you buy Israeli brands
Apartheid you’ll buy

Bulldoze all their olive trees
That they’ve grown for centuries
Bye bye natives
You were here before they were
Now you’re back, they must defer
Bye, bye natives

International law can’t understand you
And then that human rights stuff they all hand you
Though you’ve caused your brother’s plight
Somehow you can sleep at night
Apartheid you’ll buy
Apartheid you’ll buy

HUMAN RIGHTS MAN

(Street Fightin’ Man)

Everywhere I hear my Israel concert they are thwarting
Cause summer’s here and the time is right for human rights supporting
But what can a rich boy do ‘cept to boycott apartheid
Cause to play in Tel Aviv I would be crossing a picket line

Hey! Think the time is right to boycott occupation
Cause in Israel the game they play is ethnic cleanse the nation
Tell me what can an old boy do
When indigenous rights are banned
Cause in groovy Tel Aviv
There’s just no place for a human rights man

Hey, said the time is right for BDS observance
I’ll shout and scream, boycott SodaStream and all apartheid’s servants
Tell me what can a real mensch do
Except to sing for the dispossessed
Cause they’ve crossed the line ‘gainst Palestine
No place for a rock and roll band…..

THE BOYCOTT CALL

(Democracy)
(Andrew Kadi)

It’s comin’ through the tears and angry shouts
From Palestinians on the ground without a house
It’s comin’ from the just who realize they must
If peace shall ever come for anyone
From the victims losing homes and white phosphorus still burning
From those children’s broken bones Hopes of refugees returning
The Boycott Call is comin’… to the USA

It’s comin right through the Apartheid Wall
Through those of conscience, and those who came and saw
On Arab streets and avenues, Amongst the righteous Jews
Even echoing through academic halls
It comes with every settler gang that Israel’s lettin’ loose
Every time they close the crossings, and tighten up that noose.
The boycott call is comin’… to the USA

HIT THE ROAD, AIPAC

Hit the road AIPAC and don’t ya come back
no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road AIPAC and don’t ya come back no more

Always siding with Israel
Treatin Palestine cruel
AIPAC doesn’t play by the golden rule
The Arab Spring has brought a new day
The people are arising and we say…

Hit the road AIPAC and don’t ya come back
no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road AIPAC and don’t ya come back no more.

You keep usin’ our taxes
Fundin’ Israel’s abuse
It’s time to cut the ties and let our policy loose
We’ll say it nice and slow
It’s time to pack your bags and go

Hit the road AIPAC and don’t ya come back
no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road AIPAC and don’t ya come back no more.

Hit the road AIPAC and don’t ya come back
no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road AIPAC and don’t ya come back no more.

ACADEMIC BOYCOTT DAYS

(School Days)

Up in the mornin’ and out to school
Israel’s universities are the tool
Palestinian history, they give it a pass
Too busy with jobs for the army brass
Workin’ your fingers right down to the bone
To help control the occupied zone

Ring, ring goes the bell
Village kids are in the prison cell
Discrimination at Ben Gurion
Palestinian students almost unknown
Back in the classroom they cook the books
Apartheid don’t know how mean it looks

Soon as 2005 rolls around
They’re boycottin’ to bring apartheid down
You say they violate freedom of speech
But you don’t practice what you preach
Up to the corner and round the bend
Palestinian freedom is at an end

Set the campus on stolen land
This is where the seizure of Palestine’s planned
With the grants you love, you work for the boss
All day long Palestinians waitin’ to cross
Doin’ demographics at Haifu U
Better send some natives to Timbuktu

Hail hail brand Israel
Our prettier face must prevail
Long live hasbara
To fool the world is the holy grail
Look out, they’re callin’ us to account
Academic apartheid’s beyond the pale

AMAZING GRACE

Amazing Grace, we stand here still
Boycotting apartheid
We once would buy, but now we’re shy
For now we see they lied

Twas Nakba taught my heart to fear
Sumud my fears relieved
How racist did Israel appear
With checkpoint, wall, and siege

Through theft and lies and massacres
Palestine’s already come
Their rights denied, their exiles cried
We will be coming home

Amazing Grace, we stand here still
Boycotting apartheid
We were confused, by thugs were used
With justice we shall side

CATERPILLAR

(Chanukah oh Chanukah)

Caterpillar, Caterpillar
Not in the Torah
When you kill a village
You’re opening Pandora

Firing up your dozers
You smash houses flat
People’s lives you play with
Freedom you combat

And when you come calling
Only moments of warning you give
Their land in your sights
You destroy all their rights
You remind us of old Jim Crow

Their land in your sights
You destroy all their rights, we
Should have sold your stock long ago

FRIENDS OF THE IDF, CIAO

(Bella Ciao)

Hey IDF-niks
We’re wise to your tricks
We’re here to tell of the crimes of your occupation
And we know you don’t deserve to
Be a 501C3

Friends of this army are acting smarmy
They’re shilling for an illegal, immoral hoax
Stolen orchards, demolished villages
Don’t get a 501C3

They’re bombing babies
There are no maybes
Destroying homes is their way of democracy
Let’s stand for justice, for Palestinians
No more 501C3

They’re occupying and always lying
Apartheid is but a step to their final goal
Ethnic cleansing and dispossession
Why should they be tax-exempt?

Just think about it
How can you doubt it
When cops in Mexico kill college students
Do the friends of police assassins
Deserve a 501C3?

So IDF-niks
We’re wise to your tricks
We’re here to tell of the crimes of your occupation
And we know you don’t deserve to
Be a 501C3

GAZA’S ARK

I’m gonna build a boat, I’m gonna sail the sea
I’m gonna break a blockade
I’m gonna say Let Gaza be
I’m gonna say Let Gaza be

You’ve gotta take a stand, You’ve gotta be a man
You’ve gotta be the woman who demands
Freedom on the land
Freedom on the land

I’m gonna light the dark
I’m gonna sit up and bark
I’m gonna build an ark
Gaza’s ark, Gaza’s ark
Gaza’s ark, Gaza’s ark

We’re gonna build it together
Cause we’re all birds of a feather
Work together in all weather
We’re gonna build it toge-ther
We’re gonna build it together

We’re gonna build it in Gaza
Palestinian shipbuilders in the plaza
Singin’ hazza hazza
Singin’ hazza hazza

We’re gonna ship some fish
Embroidery and dates if you wish
Palestinian products that are so delish
Palestinian products that are so delish

I’m gonna build a boat, I’m gonna sail the sea
I’m gonna break a blockade
I’m gonna say Let Gaza be
I’m gonna say Let Gaza be

You’ve gotta take a stand
You’ve gotta be a man
You’ve gotta be the woman who demands
Freedom on the land

HELLO AIPAC

Hello AIPAC you’re a throwback
We are here to give you feedback
Boosting settlers and apartheid
Is not righteous, from the truth you know you can’t hide

Your fear-mongering Zionism
Bends the Congress through your prism
Ethnic cleansing, you’re promoting
Common sense and human rights you’ve been outvoting

Take your lobbyists and money
Take your lies, they are not funny
Leave the stage, let us engage
In peace and jus – tice for the Middle East

AIPAC drop your brand Israel and
Just say no to theft of land and
Ethnic cleansing of indigenous people
You must respect their rights

Wait a minute, no more slaughter
They’ve stopped stealing land and water
Now there’s justice for the oppressed
Sorry AIPAC, kindly disregard this protest

MORE DEAD AND GAZA MOANS

(Four Dead In Ohio)

Jet fighters and troops are coming
Apartheid has really grown
While westerners’ hearts are numbing
More dead and Gaza moans

Gotta get down to it
Settlement’s taking our town
Should have been stopped long ago
What if you knew us
And saw them blow up our homes
How can you run when you know?

Jet fighters and billions coming
Palestinians on their own
They’re losing their land and water
Israelis must now atone

Gotta get down with it
Indigenous people must live
Uprooting their trees is a crime
What if you lived in an
open air prison like us
How could you run when you know?

O LITTLE TOWN OF HP

O little town of Bethlehem imprisoned by HP
Ten million shekels have been spent to rule the Galilee
One comp’ny brings the servers, the software and IT
The hopes and dreams of Palestine are ruined by HP

O Hewlett-Packard, we beseech yet still we see thee lie!
About Israeli I.D. Cards the tools to terrorize
Yes in this I.D. shineth the ghost of Polaroid;
Whose services for apartheid you now have redeployed

How silently the natives wait in checkpoint fortress maze
The biometrics from HP inform the soldier’s gaze
They run homeland security for ethnic cleansing’s reign
Where colonizers welcome them, the conquered to
constrain

O wholly owned subsidiary, HP Enterprise
Cast out your sin and enter in, Don’t be apartheid’s eyes
We hear your human rights talk But this is judgment day
Oh, come to us, abide with us, Free Palestine today

SABRA SONG

(Darling Clementine)

In a tavern with my companion
Excavating for some wine
Found my hummus implicated
In the suffering in Palestine

Humiliation of a nation
By brigades who have free rein
Soldiers supported by Sabra Hummus chant
“We are Golani, we are insane”

We say Sabra is macabre
On its war crimes we won’t dine
Won’t let it near our candelabra
Cause it’s killing Palestine

None among us wants a hummus
If we must cross a picket line
When we learned what we’d been buying
Dreadful sorry, Palestine

It’s ironic and demonic
And it’s really not benign
Eating Arab food while paying
for the murder of Palestine

O my darling, I’m not quarreling
Just don’t bring it to my house
Tastes like human rights violations
Don’t buy anything from Strauss

And Tribe hummus just among us
Donates to the Jewish National Fund
Stealing land from indigenous people
And that’s why Tribe should be shunned

There is hummus right among us
We can eat, and sleep at night
Doesn’t kill indigenous people
Stealing land and water rights

So buy local, and be more vocal
Ethnic cleansing, don’t abide
Or make your own, get in the zone
Don’t despair until you’ve tried

Some Garbanzo or either Chick peas
Which are actually the same
Garlic, salt and olive oil
And you’re ready now to bring

Some tahini, it’s made from sesame
Dash of Lemon juice, you bet
Don’t like our recipe, look one up yourself
that’s why God made the internet

Sabra hummus, Sabra hummus
We won’t buy you anymore
You are lost and gone forever
Dreadful Golani we abhor

A SHOW CALLED DIG

A Jew and a poet from Palestine and an Irish-American bloke
Went walkin’ into NBC one day with a petition and up they spoke
Said please stop doin’ what you’re doin’, you can do much better today
NB&C said whatta you know it’s time to be on your way

But Remi, Pat, & Abe said hold your horses babe
5,000 sigs say your series called Dig
Is takin’ the side of an illegal squeeze play

It’s an archeological thriller set in East Jerusalem
The concept is really killer and it’s one we must condemn
You’re playing dress up on apartheid
Why don’t you fess up you’re takin’ a side

The occupied people asked you not to do it
You ignore them what are they chopped liver?
You need a confessor you’re helping an aggressor
Take all the land and water away

Now it’s not so much a drama as a criminal appeasing
When you film your film in neighborhoods that a foreign power is seizing
So if you don’t want it on your record that you facilitate land theft
Make it real, turn on your heel and exeunt stage left

And if a Jew and a poet from Palestine and an Irish-American bloke
Come to your office again, my friend, with petitions from all those folk
Then please stop doin’ what you’re doin’, you can do much better today
NB&C it’s time to say you’re not gonna shill for settlements
You won’t use your lens to ethnic cleanse
You ain’t gonna work on Bibi’s farm no more

SODA STREAMIN’ DREAMIN’

(California Dreamin’)

Israel’s hasbara
Tries to hide theft of land
Terrorizing natives
That’s already been banned
Then they add greenwashing
To their devious brand
No More Soda Streamin’
For justice take a stand

Israel won’t back down
Taking freedom away
Time to sell your stock
In Soda Stream today
No one’s safe and warm
If they’re in Israel’s way
No more Soda Streamin’
No more apartheid days

I’ve done my research
On Mishor Adumim
We keep the conquered on their knees
When we buy Soda Stream
Don’t buy oppression any more
Take settlements away
No more Soda Streamin’
No more apartheid days

STUCK INSIDE APARTHEID WITH THE SETTLER BLUES AGAIN

“Mr. Tambourine Man”
Hey Mr. song machine man play a song for me
Though it’s creepy Tel Aviv’s the place you’re goin’ to
Hey Mr. song machine man play a song for me
If you mingle there you’ll mangle, I won’t follow you

“Like a Rolling Stone”
How does it feel
To ignore a lie
To go and occupy
To make a nation cry
To steal their water supply
They do it on the sly
While you just stand by
While they do apartheid

“Just Like a Woman”
Oh you write just like a true man
and you sing just like a true man
You support farmers just like a true man
Unless they live in Palestine

“The Times They Are A-Changin’”
Come gather round singers take care where you roam
Be like Roger Waters, see how he has grown
and accept it’s apartheid which the whole world has known
If your high ground to you is worth savin
Then you’re better boycottin this colonial zone
For the times they are a-changin’

“It Ain’t Me Babe”
Go way from apartheid
Don’t help them steal and rob
That’s not the gig you want, Bob
Don’t fall in with that mob
You say you’re lookin for a gig
That won’t hurt the oppressed
To protect them and defend them
You always did your best
You always opened each and every door
But they ain’t free, Bob
No, no, no, hear their plea, Bob
Tel Aviv ain’t worth your soul, Bob

“Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again”
Netanyahu draws circles
All around the West Bank
I’d ask him where the border is
But I know that he’s not frank
And the locals treat you kindly
Have all your songs on tape
But deep inside your heart
You know you can’t escape
Oh, Bobby, can this really be the end
To be stuck inside apartheid with the settler blues again

“Maggie’s Farm”
I ain’t gonna whitewash Bibi’s scam no more
No I ain’t gonna whitewash Bibi’s scam no more
Well he hands you a checkpoint, he hands you a wall
He asks you with a grin why you’re still there at all
Then he fines you every time you fix your house
I ain’t gonna whitewash Bibi’s scam no more

“Blowin’ in the Wind”
How many times must the colonized cry
their human rights have been seized
Yes, ’n’ how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, ’n’ how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn’t see?
The answer my friends is give them back their land
the answer is give them back their land

WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS? (OF THE IDF)

I know you’re working for the IDF
Uprooting Bedouins in the old Negev

Why can’t we be friends
Well our friendship ends
When your cause descends
Into ethnic cleansing

I don’t know why it’s called a defense force
It’s clear colonialism’s their main course

No we can’t be friends
If you ethnic cleanse
Stop your apartheid
And your settlements

I’d kinda like to be the president
So I could cut off all the money you spend

Why can’t we be friends
Well our friendship ends
When your cause descends
Into ethnic cleansing

I know you think Israel’s good for the Jews
Justice for all, that’s what we choose

Why can’t we be friends
Well we can be friends
When you don’t ethnically cleanse
And the torture ends

THIS BOYCOTT WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME

This boycott’s righteous
It stands for justice
From the lettuce pickers
To Montgomery buses
From Nestle’s formula
To Israeli land grabs
This boycott was made for you and me

As I went walking
I saw South Africa
An apartheid system
With Polaroid passbooks
I wouldn’t play Sun City
I’m not that shitty
That boycott was made for you and me

I’ve roamed and rambled
and followed the footsteps
Of corporate criminals
And government accomplices
And all around me a voice was sounding
Divest from settler colonies

In the midst of a settlement
I saw a factory
Said they were employing
Palestinians
But they took the land of indigenous people
That’s why we boycott SodaStream

This boycott’s righteous
It stands for justice
From the lettuce pickers
To Montgomery buses
From fossil fuel stocks
To Israeli land grabs
This boycott was made for you and me

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