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I'm Going To Say It Now

Song: I'm Going To Say It Now
Lyrics: Phil Ochs (2)

Music: Phil Ochs
Year: 1966 or earlier
Genre: Folk
Country: USA


Oh I am just a student, sir
And only want to learn,
But it's hard to read through the risin' smoke
From the books that you like to burn.
So I'd like to make a promise,
And I'd like to make a vow,
That when I've got something to say, sir
I'm gonna say it now

Oh you've given me a number,
and you've taken off my name.
To get around this campus,
Why, you almost need a plane.
And you're supporting Chang Kai-Shek,
while I'm supporting Mao.
So when I've got something to say, sir,
I'm gonna say it now.
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I wish that you'd make up your mind.
I wish that you'd decide.
That I should live as freely,
As those who live outside.
Cause we also are entitled,
to the rights to be endowed.
And when I've got something to say, sir,
I'm gonna say it now.

Ooh, you'd like to be my father;
you'd like to be my Dad,
And give me kisses when I'm good,
and spank me when I'm bad.
But since I've left my parents,
I've forgotten how to bow.
So when I've got something to say, sir,
I'm gonna say it now.
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And things they might be different,
If I was here alone,
But I've got a friend or two,
Who no longer live at home,
And we'll respect our elders,
Just as long as they allow.
That when I've got something to say, sir,
I'm gonna say it now.

I've read of other countries,
where the students take a stand.
They've even helped to overthrow,
The leaders of the land.
Now I wouldn't go so far to say,
We're also learnin' how,
But when I've got something to say, sir,
I'm gonna say it now.

So keep right on a-talkin',
And tell us what to do.
If nobody listens,
My apologies to you.
And I know that you were younger once,
'cause you sure are older now.
And when I've got something to say, sir,
I'm gonna say it now.

So I am just a student sir,
And only want to learn.
But it's hard to read through the risin' smoke,
From the books that you like to burn.
So I'd like to make a promise,
and I'd like to make a vow.
That when I've got something to say, sir,
I'm gonna say it now.


Notes:

1 - This song first appeared in the 1966 album, Phil Ochs in Concert. Unfortunately the album does not give any dates on when this was written. 1966 is the release date of this album, though it was recorded at concerts in the winter of 1965-1966.

2 - Phil Ochs (1940 - 1976) biography.