Still Waiting for the Change

I remember in 2008
A Democrat became head of state
His party won the Congress too
Then we watched to see what they would do
Vague promises and hopeful signs
Just try to read between the lines
These things take time, that’s understood
And I know that patience can be good
And I’m no genius, but I’m not dumb
And I’m still waiting for the change to come

Many thought it had arrived
We felt lucky to have survived
All those years of rightwing rule
Using fear and hatred as the fuel
Now we’re on the other side
And we’re still swimming against the tide
The wars go on, good people die
Missiles rain down from the sky
Once I dreamed you were my best chum
And I’m still waiting for the change to come

The prisons fill up with the poor
Victims of the same drug war
Bankers fly in First Class seats
While families move into the streets
Across the country schools close down
In another bankrupt town
Oil sits on the sea floor
And now you want to drill for more
And like everybody where I’m from
And I’m still waiting for the change to come

I don’t know but I’d like to think
We can pull each other from the brink
I’ve heard it said with a sigh
This nation is too young to die
But the system’s broke and what I glean
Is change must come by other means
Can you hear the whispers in the air
What we need is Tahrir Square
Until then in Washington
And I’m still waiting for the change to come

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“Still Waiting for the Change” appears on the Bandcamp album, Ten New Songs (2011).

A lot of people were very excited about the election of Barack Obama.  I wasn’t.  I mean, I thought it was great that so many white people voted for a black president.  That part was cool.  But well before Obama actually took office, it was abundantly clear to anyone with their eyes open that it was going to be more of the same Demoblicratic thing — this was clear as day, after he appointed his completely establishment, elitist cabinet of rich white male power brokers.