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We Will Not Break
We Will Not Break © Kurt Griesemer 11/10/11
We will not break
Can’t be broken
Can’t you hear, oh can’t you hear the sound?
I can’t see where this is going
Feels like its all coming down…yeah it feels like its all coming down.
You want to hide, in your steel tower
And laugh at all of us who work for you
We are alive, we have the power
You’ll see just what we’re gonna do
You should listen, to the children
Standing outside your door
They don’t want your silver dollars
Or to be your slave anymore
There’s a light that shines
On everyone
It’s not yours or mine
It just shines! (B7)
We will not break
We can’t be broken
Can’t you hear oh can’t you hear the sound
But I can see, where this is going
Feels like it's all comin' down...

Dear Mr. President: I wrote you a speech; you could do better

Hello and thank you all for being here today.

What we have seen in Wisconsin these past few weeks has been nothing short of incredible. In response to a piece of legislation, poorly crafted and filled with debatable items, state Senate Democrats, as the loyal opposition, took the only measure left to them.  By crossing state lines, these 14 senators hoped to delay the bill long enough for people to see it for what it truly was, a naked attempt to strip away the rights of the workers of the state of Wisconsin and centralize power in the hands of the governor. Across the state, ordinary citizens flocked to the capitol by the tens of thousands to voice their support for these 14 Democratic lawmakers and to oppose provisions in the bill stripping away the hard won rights of collective bargaining, rights that Wisconsin, in its true progressive tradition, was the first to sign into law over 50 years ago.

Last night we as a nation saw once again what happens when a group of people, any group, puts an ideology ahead of the welfare of its citizens. In what can only be described as an underhanded legislative procedure, Wisconsin Senate Republicans stripped collective bargaining language from the main bill and passed it in the dead of night, without notifying their colleagues of their intent, in a move timed to take advantage of a brief lull in the protests that have gone on non-stop for the past 3 weeks.

Let there be no mistake: this act is an affront to the people of Wisconsin, to our democracy, and to the nation. Democracy is messy. It is a slow, grinding process where no one, ever, gets 100% of what they want. When you are impacting people’s lives, it should take time. It should be a careful, deliberative process. It should take into account not just the wants of the majority, but the needs and protected rights of the minority. That this bill was crafted, proposed, and meant to be passed in less than a week’s time speaks volumes about its true intent. And when the Republicans stripped the collective bargaining language from the bill, they sent a clear signal to the rest of Wisconsin. This bill was not about balancing the budget; it was about silencing the voice of the workers, the middle class; nurses, teachers.

While saying all the right things, such as “shared sacrifice” and “we’re all in this together,” Republicans have proven by their actions, by including tax breaks for corporations, subsidies for the wealthy, and refusing to even consider asking those who gain the most from the blessings of our liberty, to pay just a little bit more, they believe “shared sacrifice” is only for those who can not buy their way into the halls of power.

Democracy does not end at an election, and though, as I have said myself, elections have consequences, no elected representative is given a mandate to ignore the voices of those that disagree. Compromise is not a four letter word. By their words, and now, certainly, by their deeds, the Governor and his Republican allies have shown their true colors.

The people of Wisconsin continue to lead the way. By exercising their right to peaceably assemble, they have shown the world that the people of this country will not stand idly by while corporate interests bend politicians to their will; while our resources are sold to the highest bidder; while our children, our future, languish in overcrowded classrooms designed not to educate, but rather to provide more profit, more money to those firms that even now are lining up at the gates for their handout.

Stand fast, Wisconsin. Your President is with you. There is no greater power than a people united for a cause they believe in. And you have made believers out of us.

That Ain't Right: A Song for Wisconsin
Democracy is quite busy here in Wisconsin. If you can do so, please post and re-share this song as often as you can. It's available for free in as many spots as I can make it. Me on guitar/vocals; Craig on Harmonica. Words & Music Me; a nod to Woody Guthrie at the end. ON WISCONSIN!





That Ain't Right copyright Kurt Griesemer, 2011 BMI

Went down to the capitol today cause I heard some people say

It was filling up with dangerous Union thugs

Radicals and greedy bastards

Lazy teachers holding placards

Trying to get all the money they could grub.

So I got myself to Madison; it was quite a sight I'll tell you son

People in the streets all wearing red

Shouting slogans and singing songs

Holding hands and walking along

Protesting what the governor had said

See he claims we're in crisis and we can't afford to wait

It's time for you workers to sacrifice

In the meantime don't you worry

The government's in a hurry

To sell itself to Koch at any price.


Well it's not fair

And it ain't right

How can you go to sleep at night

Doin' what your doin

Just to stick it to the unions

My brothers and my sisters; stand and fight


I keep hearing about the out of towners comin' here and beatin down on

The people on your side to keep um quiet

But it's the people on your side sayin' the ammo should be live!

Why the heck are you tryin' to start a riot

There's mom's and dad's and sons and daughters

Sisters, brothers mothers and fathers

And the best of them are staying overnight

But not one of them has broke the law

But I heard you get pwned on that phone call

Beating on your people just ain't right.


And now your on the phone tryin' to lure the 14 home

You would teach those democrats a little lesson

While you pretend to listen all your buddies (Mostly Fitz's)

Would pass the bill in a barely legal session


Well there's no easy way out of this cause people here are mighty pissed

But it's not like your leaving us any choice

We're not here for you to walk all over

Recall hell we want a do over

We the people singing with one voice!




Oh, you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union,

I'm sticking to the union, I'm sticking to the union.

Oh, you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union,

I'm sticking to the union 'til the day I die.

Powerful Calm
Find it here:


Given up searching
Does anyone know if you can import another blog into LJ?

Borderlands Blog
News, songs, and such...


Upside Down
You turn me Upside Down,
Like a top,
Spin me round and round
Until I fall into your arms...

Get the inside scoop...Collapse )

Yes, Virginia...WE WERE ON THE AIR!
Yeah I know some of you super cool types regularly get radio play, but cut me some slack, eh?


Ah the joy of editing:

Upside Down
Written and Produced by: Kurt Griesemer
Assistant Producer: Scott Keever (pied_piper70 )
Vocals, Harmonica, Bass, Acoustic Guitar: Kurt Griesemer
Electric Guitar: Scott Keever (pied_piper70 )
Percussion: Jim Turk

Borderlands on the radio!
From the Borderlands Blog:

But not yet!

This just in from Gabby Parsons on Triple M:


I’m going to play Upside Down tomorrow morning about 8:35ish when I visit with Jonathan and Kitty in the Morning.

Hope you will be listening.


I think we can safely say that I will be listening…will you? And then call and say how great we are! Wait that might be cheating…nah…

Not in the Madison area? Listen live online:



You betcha!

So much news...let me sum up: Finished the CD, scheduled shows, lost our bass player (wave Craig sadly who is off to pursue beer brewing hobby), and now it's time to hawk our wares!

Borderlands is proud to announce that the CD is finished and for sale! Visit:


If you already purchased a copy at the Borderlands North party, please consider reviewing the CD at the CDBaby site.

Soon (within a few weeks) the CD will be available from all major retailers, but hey, we make more through CDBaby, so give it a go :)!

You can also purchase it from the band directly by emailing me here; I'll send you our Paypal address and mail you a CD as soon as payment is received.

Hey, while you're surfing around, visit our brand new Web site too!


Pass it along to everyone you know! This is an open entry, and I'll open up all the song bio pieces as well.