All the times you were silent

by Janice Jo Lee

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All the times you were silent

All the times you were silent you said nothing no you were quiet you let
the status quo, be status quo because you were afraid
Do you think nobody else is angry underneath?
Do you think nobody else believes what you believe?
Whisper words and undermine the power that holds you bound
Spread the fire and you will find the hour to tear it down

Step up when somebody's being oppressed
Step up when somebody's needing your best
Step up when somebody needs helping hands
You know you can step up, whoa step up

You see that person sitting head down in the corner all alone
You could pretend they are busy texting someone on the phone
Don't turn away, don't walk away, it needs to be you now
Take a moment, take a seat, slow down you know how

Listen when somebody's needing a friend
Listen when somebody says you hurt them
Listen and don't interrupt til the end
You know you can listen, eh listen

You are loud you are proud to know exactly what to say
You are big you are strong and always always get your way
So educated so undulating so sure what to do
Check yourself, before you wreck yourself maybe it you who needs help

Step back when somebody else has the floor
Step back when nobody asked you for more
Step back when you're taking up too much space
You know you can step back, eh step back

My friend my friend you know
the struggle is a struggle
My friend my friend you know
We will move together


released January 13, 2016
Written by Janice Jo Lee. Performed by Janice Jo Lee and Adam F. Lewis.


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Janice Jo Lee Toronto, Ontario

Janice Jo Lee is a folk artist rooted in Kitchener, Ontario. She performs original soul-folk music, and is a spoken word artist and storyteller. Coming up is her album Ancestor Song.

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