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It Isn't Nice, song lyrics

Song: It Isn't Nice
Lyrics: Malvina Reynolds(2)

Music: Malvina Reynolds
Year: 1964(1)
Genre: Folk
Country: USA


It isn't nice to block the doorway,
It isn't nice to go to jail,
There are nicer ways to do i
t, But the nice ways always fail.
It isn't nice, it isn't nice,
You told us once, you told us twice,
But if that is Freedom's price,
We don't mind.

It isn't nice to carry banners
Or to sit in on the floor,
Or to shout our cry of Freedom
At the hotel and the store.
It isn't nice, it isn't nice,
You told us once, you told us twice,
But if that is Freedom's price,
We don't mind.
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We have tried negotiations
And the three-man picket line,
Mr. Charlie didn't see us
And he might as well be blind.
Now our new ways aren't nice
When we deal with men of ice,
But if that is Freedom's price,
We don't mind.

How about those years of lynchings
And the shot in Evers'(3) back?
Did you say it wasn't proper,
Did you stand upon the track?
You were quiet just like mice,
Now you say we aren't nice,
And if that is Freedom's price,
We don't mind.
This song was originally posted on protestsonglyrics.net
It isn't nice to block the doorway,
It isn't nice to go to jail,
There are nicer ways to do it
But the nice ways always fail.
It isn't nice, it isn't nice,
But thanks for your advice,
Cause if that is Freedom's price,
We don't mind.


Notes:

1 - From the album Malvina Reynolds

2 - Malvina Reynolds on Wikipedia. This song is posted with permission of her daughter.

3 - Medgar Evers information from Wikipedia