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TRACK 2

LYRICS
A Funeral for T-I-N-A: PARECON is the Alternative


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Intro Narration:

Now a common problem we encounter when we start talking about Participatory Economics is that too often people are followers of TINA.  In other words, they have been taught that when it comes to capitalism, there is no alternative: T-I-N-A. But we’re here to let y’all know that there is an alternative, and that T-I-N-A bullshit is dead.  So what we’re gonna do with this song is have a funeral for the belief that there is no alternative. We’re gonna take a moment and bid farewell to the idea that we’re stuck with capitalism. So for all those listening, bow your heads and then bob your heads… Let the mics be blessed and let’s put TINA’s ass to rest.

Verse One:

Margaret Thatcher made TINA a star hollering that: / (narrated on vinyl record sound effect) There is no alternative, there is no alternative / TINA was like a God at the end of the Cold War screaming: / (narrated on vinyl record sound effect) There is no alternative, there is no alternative / The fall of the Berlin Wall was called history’s end / People been following TINA ever since / like a Bible verse well rehearsed hollering that: / (narrated on vinyl record sound effect) There is no alternative, there is no alternative / that’s why they panic at the sound of PARECON and how we working it / ’cause there is an alternative – there is / who tells us what we know / who benefits from the status quo / I’m talking those who got incentive to ignore it / either afraid of the change or too scared to fight for it / so instead they tell us that it’s human nature / to be selfish and greedy killing each other for paper / but I ain’t buying it – I know the human race can do better / and if you know history – you know ain’t nothing forever / power holds control through ignorance and fear / but there is an alternative and it’s right here / Participatory Economics – now you heard / though we know it’s gonna take some time to spread the word / ’cause even if we had a time machine to make it clear / there’d still be y’all with your fingers in your ears / hooting and hollering capitalism’s the chosen one – know this, son / rolling your eyes is another way of closing ‘em – closing ‘em – closing ‘em

Chorus:

Did you hear the news – TINA’s dead / Go on and pour a little out for all those who said – that there – that… / (narrated on vinyl record sound effect) There is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no…(sound of record scratch) / stop spinning that broken record, it ain’t true / PARECON gonna show you how we do

Verse Two:

There – is – no – alternative: T-I-N-A / They tell us competition is the-only-game / Food chain – law of the jungle – big business shit / survival of the fittest – social Darwinist shit / but if you really believe that shit, then where you at / i mean for real, i’ll grab my sawed off – you grab your gat

every man for himself, put your conscience on the shelf

let’s get raw, what you waiting for / let’s get down, let’s get foul, let’s have a battle royale / an all out brawl, a blood bath ball / and the last man standing gets it all – gets it all / is this really what we want – i mean how’s it understandable / after all this time, we’re still telling ourselves we’re animals / thinking capitalism is a natural order / ’cause capitalists are the ones who be drawing the borders / and the limits of acceptable discourse in this nation / and it’s no wonder, TINA spent a whole generation / saying there is no alternative to capitalist ways / but now we know that’s propaganda, just a silly catch phrase / Participatory Economics gonna show / this ain’t really human nature – it’s just the nature we know / so say bye bye TINA, time to die TINA / you had a good run, but now you gotta fly TINA / and for those whose religion is shattered as TINA leaves us / Adam Smith was not god and Milton Friedman was not Jesus

Chorus:

Did you hear the news – TINA’s dead / Go on and pour a little out for all those who said – that there – that… / (narrated on vinyl record sound effect) There is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no…(sound of record scratch) / stop spinning that broken record, it ain’t true / PARECON gonna show you how we do

Verse Three:

For thousands of year Egypt had slaves / Now that’s thousands of years where that didn’t change / To them it was all part of how things went / so just think if you’d have told them cats back then / about the way that we live today – yo kid for real / that kind of future would have sounded like a fairytale / and you can imagine the excuses that they would’ve gave / narration: an economy couldn’t function properly without slaves / now those words are a trip today, ’cause now we know it can / so tell me why PARECON is too utopian / Who says we can’t we have full employment / who says we gotta be at each other’s throats / Remember it was less than one hundred years ago / women still wasn’t allowed the vote / Imagine hollering TINA about dictatorship / mass illiteracy and child labor shit / I mean for real our indigenous never knew property / the way that we do in a capitalist economy / the real world’s only as real as you make it / it ain’t forever, it can change if you’re willing to take it / so out with the old – in with the new / raise a glass to TINA – this one’s for you / I can’t say that I’m not glad to see you go / but may you rest in peace and stay your ass deceased