Movin' left (Peter Bird)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2019-02-10)   CPDL #53222:         
Editor: Peter Bird (submitted 2019-02-10).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 138 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Separate 2-page instrumental parts are available within the Sibelius source file. Length 4 minutes. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Movin' left
Composer: Peter Bird
Lyricist: Peter Bird

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBarB
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: violin, banjo, bass

Published: 2018

Description: A political-rally song inspired by the legacies of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, with a lead singer (baritone or mezzo-soprano) on the verses and choral and instrumental (fiddle, banjo, bass) accompaniment. Suitable for audience participation in choruses. Length about 4 minutes.

External websites: http://peterbird.name/choral/

Original text and translations

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At the first Thanksgiving feast, the Wampanoag brought meat
To add to the Pilgrim’s humble corn.
So they built the table longer, and the Spirit it got stronger,
And a national metaphor was born.

So they were: Movin’ Left …, Movin’ Left ….
Had to include every woman and man!
Yes, they were: Movin’ Left…., Movin’ Left;
Helping each to become all they can.

Now a big man comes to town, with his fat-cat friends around,
Saying, “Time to end the tax-man’s bite!”
“Private property is king; it’s the most important thing;”
“And exploiting the poor is our right!”

Well then, I’m: Movin’ Left …, Movin’ Left ….
Got to respect every woman and man!
Oh yes, I’m: Movin’ Left…., Movin’ Left;
Helping each to become all they can.

Then La Migra comes to town, and they take some brothers down;
And the ICE men come for the children,
Sayin’, “No, it isn’t fun; but the sorting must be done,”
“’Cause America is right when it’s white!”


Well then, I’m: Movin’ Left …, Movin’ Left ….
Got to respect every woman and man!
Oh yes, I’m: Movin’ Left…., Movin’ Left;
Helping each to become all they can.

Now they’ve dug a mighty hole, and they’re burning all the coal,
In a furnace with a Hellish light,
And the e-lec-tri-ci-ty, which they sell you for a fee,
Makes their air-conditioning hum through the night.

But now we’re: Movin’ Left …, Movin’ Left ….
Got to respect every species around!
Oh yes, we’re: Movin’ Left…., Movin’ Left;
Helping all to survive and rebound.

Back when Jesus was a-preachin’, he said rich men who are reachin’
Up to Heaven face a tiny cleft.
He said, “Blessed are the poor;” they may enter by the door.
This was written from the right to the left.

So we are: Movin’ Left …, Movin’ Left ….
Got to respect every woman and man!
Yes we are: Movin’ Left…., Movin’ Left;
Helping each to become all they can.