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We're Gonna Stay, song lyrics

Song: We're Gonna Stay
Lyrics: Mike Rawson(2)

Music: Mike Rawson
Year: 1980
Genre: Folk
Country: USA


Red brick walls, leaky window frames,
A place to sleep and get out of the rain,
But i'ts much more than that - more than a roof and a door.
I't's shelter for my family, but a whole lot more.

It's the bus on the corner that gets me to work,
And the store down the street where I know the clerk,
It's the school yard where my kids can raise their voices loud,
It's where I start my day and end it proud.
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(CHORUS:)
Yes, I think I'm gonna stay this time,
I've paid for this place, why shouldn't I call it mine?
We've paid your taxes and we've bought your wine.
Landlords, this time we're gonna stay.

The place where I live is not my own,
Though I fix it myself and pay the loan,
Though I pay all the taxes and more with my rent,
Someday they'll sell this building, and I won't get a cent.
And that's just the way it is, I'm told, the way it's gotta be.
The place I call my home will never belong to me.
The landlord takes the risk, I'm told, sure do think that funny.
What's he got to risk, gambling with my money?
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(CHORUS:)
Yes, I think I'm gonna stay this time,
I've paid for this place, I'm gonna call it mine.
We've paid your taxes and we've bought your wine.
Landlord, this time we're gonna stay.

Yes, now I've got this notice saying I got to move,
"Pay rent or leave," I'm supposed to choose.
And so have my friends, all over town,
Because we're all laid off and the plant's shut down.

But, we don't want to move, and even if we did,
We can't because no landlord will rent to folks with kids;
And if we can pay rent now, we wouldn't pait it anywere then,
So we've organized ourselves and voted to never move again.

(CHORUS)


Notes:

1 - Song transcribed, 2011

2 - Mike Rawson of the Oakland Tenants Union (California, USA) in the 1970's.

3 - Mike Rawson, said this about this song: "We're Gonna Stay," was written for the 1980 Housing Conference sponsored by the California Housing Action and Information Network, California's state-wide organization of housing groups. It reflects on the relation between plant closing and neighborhood disintegration and expresses a determination to halt both.