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My wife Martha and I went to the Women’s March in Washington on Saturday, January 21st.  I found the atmosphere to be electric – simultaneously disruptive and reassuring.  (And yes, Mr. Trump, the crowd on Saturday was bigger than the inauguration crowd the day before!)  I was reminded of the many times that Americans have headed for the streets to gather as allies, to call for justice, to make democracy a reality.  Regardless of how you assess the present, reestablishing a measure of balance is going to “take more than just one protest.” 

    

There I am in the midst of the March coming down 14th Street in D.C. . . 

. . .  and then performing the song in March with Yee Von Ng, piano; Craig Falk, bass; Nina Gilman, drums;
Rich Tilly, trumpet; Mark Robinson, trumpet; and (not shown) Chris Lee, trombone

© 2017 Steven E. Cutts

a Studio C recording, February 2017 

Lyrics

It was time again for marching, time for speaking truth to power;

Demonstrators filling up the streets hour after hour.

 

It was time again to bear witness, to raise concerns and sound alarms;

Half a million kindred spirits linking arm to arm.

 

To show up, to draw attention,

Many traveled through the night –

To stand and to be counted,

To stake a claim for all our rights.

Time for marching!

 

Women called for “Bread & Roses” in the Lawrence strike of 1912 –

Union workers side by side to protect themselves.

 

And women at the White House calling for the right to vote –

Sentinels at the gates and unafraid to rock the boat.

 

Selma to Montgomery –

D.C. Dream March ’63 –

It took Kent State, Free Speech in Berkley,

To make a dent in history.

Time for marching!

 

It will take more than just one protest.

March until your battle’s won!

Wrap your anger inside a slogan:

“Love, don’t hate!”  “Keep the faith.” “We shall overcome!”

Time for marching!