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Occupy Oakland Tribute
"Build Our Occupation" written by Jazz poet Raymond Nat Turner to the classic song "Just My Imagination"
with Vukani Mawethu and the Plymouth Choir; music by David Sturdevant.
Recorded at Oakland's Plymouth Church of Jazz & Justice on 11/2/11 the day that Oakland was shut down.

Build Our Occupations (Resisting Lords Of Greed)
Raymond Nat Turner
      Original Words and Music By Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
              “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)”
Oooh-Oooh, oooh—oooh
Each day is a victory, watching weeks passing by
 Resisting enslavement and war, do or die
 To see a time like this is truly a dream come true
 Sweeping all the cities in the world and D.C, too
That’s why we build our occupations
 Resisting lords of greed
 We build our occupations
 Fighting, with word and deed
Oooh-Oooh, oooh
Soon, we’ll organize fighters away from TV (Oh, yeah)
 Organizing assemblies where the Ninety- Nine Percent agree
 We tell you we will organize it (B Vocal: Organize it!)
 This isn’t a dream, (B Vocal: No dream!) or scheme to vote off steam
 That’s why we trust our occupations (Once again)
 Resisting lords of greed
 (Tell you that) We trust our occupations
 Fighting with word and deed
 Every night we meet in GA
 Baby steps… to a New Day
 We’ll never let thugs
 Club our dreams away
 Though they will surely try
Um, hm, Their deeds are Dastardly
 When their nets enfold us
 Exposing crass hypocrisy, jackboot democracy
 Ten thousand photos showing—
Trust our occupations (Once again) 
Resisting lords of greed
 (Oh, tell you) To trust our occupations
 Fighting, word and deed—
(Repeat/ fade)
We’ll never get it, if we don’t upset it…
Raymond Nat Turner © 2011 All Rights Reserved

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