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The Last Pioneers
Words and music by Steven Grossman

You control what I watch on the T. V.
what I dance to at the bar
Get your hand into everything
try to get me to look like what you are
Now I may wear your fashions
and work that nine to five
But I told you all along
there are things that I won’t compromise

Now my producers didn’t want me
said I was too direct
I went home and I trashed myself
my friend J said, “What did you expect?
They want you to live a lie so you’ll get on the radio
But keep on doing what you’re doing
and you’ve already stolen the show”
I said, “I know, I know”

From the brothers who can’t disguise it
even in men’s clothing
and the sisters who just do not pass
Comes the spirit of my people
of courage over fear
Comes the only trust I’ll find
when the enemies are clear
If the other struggles were over
we would still be here
The last pioneers

Now you say I ought to have a present
ought to have the pride
But you were so disrespectful
that on your birthday I just cried
There’s a fleet of ships on the Hudson
and a sailor’s open hand
And when he offered me passage
I said, “There is no promised land”

And there are people on the rooftops
holding cameras and drinks
An SOS to Miss Liberty
I said, “Let the old girl sink!
Tonight I am feeling righteous
I’ve got my music and my cause
And though the sirens may be screaming
though those sirens may be screaming
I can only hear applause


© JUCA Music


from Something in the Moonlight, released June 2, 2011
Michael Finch, Sally A. White, Aaron Williams, Janis Russell: supporting vocals (arrangement by Janis Russell)
Joe Ruddick: organ, piano
David Hoftra: bass
Ron Gonzales: electric guitar
Richard Dworkin: drums


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