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TRACK 12

LYRICS
A Call for Cooks: PARECON Outro


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Intro Narration: So this is the last track. You got the first two factors of the recipe, now it’s up to you to get out there and start cooking.  Try out your own dishes and support others in the kitchen. This is where we get to be creative and learn from our mistakes and share our experiences.  So, please, study on this vision and spread the word. This is a recipe we should all know.  So when the time is right, everybody’s ready to participate. So the next time someone says to you, “We know what you’re against, but what are you for?”

You know what to tell ‘em. Tell ‘em…

CHORUS:

P-A-R-E-C-O-N / that’s the vision we want to live in – we’ll never give in / Pareconos, Pareconistas – please to meet ya / coming with def rhymes and beats to reach ya

Verse One:

So what you say, hip hop – it’s time we make a choice / I ain’t spitting this here just to hear my own voice / A new role or same old – it’s your decision / I’m tired of wishing – PARECON – we got a vision / who else is willing to take it beyond lyrics and hooks / we got the recipe – what we need now is more cooks / that means you – yeah you – yo I’m talking to you / get involved – be supportive – anything you can do / learn more – experiment – progress at your own pace / try to institute these values in your own workplace / try and start your own PARECON cooperatives / or just spread the word to your family and friends / you can get in where you fit in, but get in / I believe in my heart we gonna win / maybe not tomorrow maybe not the next day / but we keep repping PARECON, it’s gonna pay / So when the time comes and the people want more / We’ve made sure they already know the score – know the score / That the recipe for the new economy’s right here / and why, ’cause we been steady buzzing in that ear / laying the foundation, laying the knowledge / Educating more than just those in college / Doing the work that makes real change possible / Even if at times it seems impossible / Liz Cady Stanton never got to cast a ballot / But that never caused her to shrink from the challenge / she knew plants don’t grow without seeds being sewn / And vision needs masses willing to do it alone

CHORUS:

P-A-R-E-C-O-N / that’s the vision we want to live in – we’ll never give in / Pareconos, Pareconistas – please to meet ya / coming with def rhymes and beats to reach ya

Verse Two:

and for those who say I drank the Kool-aid, yes, I confess that I’m / fiending for these values like it’s red drink / fiending for these values like it’s red drink / and you can call me radical if it suits you / but tell me what’s radical about wanting a better future / what’s radical about equity, diversity / Self management, solidarity, efficiency / well, mercy me, am I going too far / I mean for real, What you think that these values are / but fairness and sharing – cooperation and caring – imagination and responsibility – tell me / ain’t these the same values we teach our kids / or is it do what I say, children, not what I did / we gotta rid ourselves of this real-world fatalism shit  / we can do better than this more gentle capitalism shit / and yo I know we been giving capitalism a hard time / But you ain’t gotta be left with revolution on your mind / To want a little something better / even if you and capitalism been going together like forever / If you dig the values we been repping / Ask yourself: What’s the harm in asking questions / the only thing radical about these values is how you / act like it ain’t in you – but it is – it is in you / It’s up to you – to decide if you want something more / Check your assumptions at the door

CHORUS:

P-A-R-E-C-O-N / that’s the vision we want to live in – we’ll never give in / Pareconos, Pareconistas – please to meet ya / coming with def rhymes and beats to reach ya

Verse Three:

And yes sometimes it brings a tear when I hear John Lennon singing imagine – but yo imagine / imagine all the people not imaging shit / But making it happen – while you’re too busy napping / They working hard to keep you asleep – this shit is deep / What did he saythis shit is deep – I think he’s right – this shit is deep / But not deep enough that you can’t climb out / Moderates want to call a time out / And ask for more time for reform – figure how to conform – the new boss to the old – they maintain institutions and they maintain control / and don’t get me wrong I ain’t dissing reform out right / reform matters in the now of real people’s lives / it means relief – and relief from suffering ain’t no joke / but the reform must be revolutionary in scope / where we focus on the disease, not just the symptoms / we gotta be forward looking and then some / and yo, I ain’t gonna lie – know that if you take a stand / Get ready to be the bogeyman / Just like Martin King, They will call us communists / they will call us criminals – troublemakers – terrorists / but lord forgive them, they know not what they say / power always reacts this way to structural change / so when they insist on calling us names / tell ‘em if it’s all the same, they can call us… / Pareconos, Pareconistas – please to meet ya / coming with def rhymes and beats to reach ya / singing P-A-R-E-C-O-N / that’s the vision we want to live in – we’ll never give in / Pareconos, Pareconistas – please to meet ya / coming with def rhymes and beats to reach ya / singing P-A-R-E-C-O-N / that’s the vision we want to live in – don’t ever give in