Rally Song for the Moral


June 25, 2013 Durham, NC –

Django Haskins, front man of Yep Roc’s The Old Ceremony, is hardly known as a radical soap box touting artist. Off stage the soft spoken Haskins is more comfortable sharing his favorite authors or latest read than he is promoting his own work. However, the reluctant rocker recently participated in the Moral Monday Rally and Protests hosted by the NAACP of North Carolina.

Beginning as prayer vigils, the Moral Monday gatherings took a historic turn when disabled people, college students, veterans, clergy, physicians, historians, elderly, teachers, retirees, artists, and the unemployed engaged in civil disobedience and refused to leave the Legislative Building as ordered by security.
Thousands of North Carolinians from around the state participate in the weekly themed rallies. They come to protest the State’s refusal of Federal funding for Medicaid affecting 500,000 people, changes to the voting laws including rolling back early voting and voter ID requirements, domestic energy jobs bill lifting the environmental protection barriers that safeguard water quality, elimination of the extended unemployment payments for 70,000 unemployed workers, and the transfer of public school funding to private school via vouchers.

Each week the NAACP of North Carolina requests an audience with legislative leadership and Governor McCrory. Response from the Governor and GOP leadership has been the equivalent of school yard bullies, referring to the protestors and rally as “aging hippies”, “outsiders”, “illegal activities”, and “Moron Mondays”. The most disturbing response is that of Art Pope’s Civitas Institute website using the arrestees public information as an online game. If a high school student did the same thing, they could be expelled for cyber bullying.

To date, over 600 have been arrested for misdemeanor trespassing and loud singing.

When I asked Django what particular issue(s) inspired him to join the rally events, he replied, “The litany is so ridiculous I can’t possibly choose one. It was the overwhelming avalanche of regressive legislation that did it.”

So our soft spoken but reluctant rocker turns to his super power of witty prose with a new song, “We Are Not For Sale”. Haskins invites you to learn and sing the song with his permission. I invite you to record and post your performance right here on GR8MUSICROX.

It’s easy, short, in the People’s key, and I’m feeling the high and lonesome on this one.
Peace y’all.

Published on Jun 24, 2013
Django Haskins of The Old Ceremony has a message for the NC general assembly and the Art Popes of the world.


“We Are Not For Sale” by Django Haskins

| G | C G |
you can buy yourself an office in the capitol
| G | D7 |
enjoy it while you can
| G | C G |
cause faith and love and charity are much more powerful
| G D7 | G |
than greed or spite, my friend

| G | C G |
you can auction our clean water to the frackers, but you know
| G | D7 |
you’ll need water too
| G G7 | C G |
you can wish your way back to the days of old jim crow
| G D7 | G |
but we won’t follow you

| G | G G7 |
no we are not for sale
| C | G |
we are not for sale
| G B7 | C |
if you think that you can silence us you’ll need a bigger jail
| G D7 | G7 |
cause we are not for sale

you can buy yourself a mansion down on granville drive
or try to buy a university
you can buy yourself a navy but you can’t turn back the tide
cause you do not own me

no we are not for sale
we are not for sale
if you think that you can silence us you’ll need a bigger jail
cause we are not for sale
no we are not for sale


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