The clouds gather in your forests
And drift to my desert town
And I think of far-off places
As the rain is coming down

You're bent down in the fields
Picking fruit there from the vine
And it ends up on my table
As it moves down the line

The moon shines brightly in the night sky
The river flows from south to north
With the changing of the seasons
The birds migrate back and forth

But they say that you can't come here
Not in the light of day
Somebody has got plans for you
Starve at home or hide away

Will we open up the borders
Tear down the prison walls
Declare that no one is illegal
Watch the giant as it falls

So much travel across these borders
So much is bought and sold
One way goes the gunships
The other comes the gold

Free trade is like a needle
Drawing blood straight from your heart
And the border's like a prison
Keeping friends apart

Will we open up the borders
Tear down the prison walls
Declare that no one is illegal
Watch the giant as it falls

Hear the stockholders cheering
The world's growing smaller
Hear the drowning child crying
"Why are the fences growing taller?"

Some whisper in the shadows
While others count the dollars
Some have suits and ties
Others, chains and collars

Will we open up the borders
Tear down the prison walls
Declare that no one is illegal
Watch the giant as it falls

May the fortress walls come down
May we meet our sisters and our brothers
Stand arm in arm there in the daylight
No longer fighting one another

Will we stand together
For therein lies our might
Will we understand these words:
"People of the world unite"

Will we open up the borders
Tear down the prison walls
Declare that no one is illegal
Watch the giant as it falls


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    General CommentThis is such a beautiful song. Rovics is so good at what he does. Right wing hate radio and racist, nationalist, and nativist scapegoating of immigrants has been a major theme of US political life as of late. And this song is an expression of resistance against that brain dead bull shit and in solidarity with all people the system labels 'illegal'. The chorus is right to the point:
    "Will we open up the borders
    Tear down the prison walls
    Declare that no one is illegal
    Watch the giant as it falls"
    He's basically asking if we are going to unite in our common humanity with our brothers and sisters who are deemed 'illegal' to destroy the borders that are used to divide and control us. Because if not, we play right into the hands of the capitalist tyrants who would love nothing more than for us to be fighting each other while they screw us all over.
    wookieonlsdon November 01, 2009   Link

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