Seattle Rock Band Issues Occupy Wall Street Anthem Challenge

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Seattle rock group Mister Spring is challenging music groups worldwide to join in a friendly competition to create an anthem for the Occupy Wall Street movement. The group pointed to its recently released “They’re Playing You Like a Fiddle,” available for listening and download at http://www.reverbnation.com/misterspring, as an opening entry in the competition.

Seattle rock group Mister Spring today issued a challenge to music groups worldwide to join in a friendly competition to create an anthem for the Occupy Wall Street movement that has swept the globe. The group pointed to its recently released “They’re Playing You Like a Fiddle,” available for listening and download at http://www.reverbnation.com/misterspring, as an opening salvo in the competition.

“It’s been pointed out that the Occupy Wall Street movement lacks a ‘Give Peace a Chance’ or ‘We Shall Overcome’ that brings marchers together and helps focus their emotions,” said Steve Clarke, the band’s lead singer and author of the song. “I’m not going to put our song in the same camp as those, but we do think it captures the frustration of how the top 1 percent are jerking the rest of us around.”

In an October 18 article in the New York Times, “At the Protests, the Message Lacks a Melody,” reporter James C. McKinley, Jr., noted that protesters “have yet to find an anthem.” The article added that the “scarcity of songs about the economic disaster stands in contrast to the flurry of pop songs in the mid-2000s blaming President George W. Bush’s foreign policy for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Clarke called on other groups to help fill the shortage of songs related to today’s protests. Links to songs can be sent to him via email and will be posted on the Mister Spring blog site. A subsequent press release will summarize the results and provide a means for people to vote for their favorites.

Mister Spring will perform “They’re Playing You Like a Fiddle” during their set at the Mars Bar at 609 Eastlake Ave. E. in Seattle (several blocks north of REI) on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Lyrics to the song are provided below.

Lyrics to “They’re Playing You Like a Fiddle”:

They’re playing you like a fiddle
Leaving you with just a little
Playing both sides against the middle

No hard feelings, right?
We’re all in this together
And if it doesn’t seem fair
Well let the buyer beware

They’re piling up profits, both sides of each border
They just want to get the most out of each quarter
If you don’t like it, well that’s OK
As long as you just stay out of the way

They’re playing you like a fiddle
Leaving you with just a little
Playing both sides against the middle

Well they’re turning out garbage; it’s piling to the sky
There’s carbon in the air; the ocean’s on the rise
Well they piss in the water, they poison the dirt
They send you on vacations, where someone’s got it worse

And they always need more, it’s the junkie’s way,
You got to make more money than yesterday
Or your stock’s in the pot; the thrill is gone
Because there ain’t no place, but number one

They’re playing you, playing you, playing you, playing you

I know I’m preaching to the choir
Just rekindling an old fire
Adding more air to stoke it higher
Eventually we all tire…

No hard feelings, right?

© Steve Clarke 2005

About Mister Spring

Mister Spring is a rock trio based in Seattle, Wash., with more than two hours of original material. Members of the group are songwriter Steve Clarke on guitar and lead vocals, John Aquino on bass and background vocals, and David Lewellen on drums and background vocals. On recorded tracks Lewellen and Aquino play additional instruments.

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