Only Wasted

by Justin Myles Holmes

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Pullin’ on a lever, doin’ his part
Johnny shows up on time

Fillin’ in a bubble with #2
Sally moves down the line

In the Tuesday sea of moving parts
the parts all must combine

But as I make my way to Deyo Hall
to find the ballot that is mine

Your vote is only wasted when you decide to kiss up
and I won’t vote for anyone who wants to lock me up

I’m told my choices fit right in
I can choose either or

The two men stand in front of me
as I walk in the door

They both stand tall and both stand proud
the cameras flash a while

But I can’t tell the two apart
they seem picked from the same pile

Your vote is only wasted when you decide to kiss up
and I won’t vote for anyone who wants to lock me up

A suit flown in from New Mexico
is a hair taller than the rest

He seems to me good enough
of these guys, he’s the best

A bubble filled, a mystery solved
the show is done I hear

But today is just the beginning for me
just one day of the year

Your vote is only wasted when you decide to kiss up
and I won’t vote for anyone who wants to lock me up

But a single vote from a single man is a start and not an end
and I won’t rest until I know that this land’s on the mend

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released November 5, 2012

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Justin Myles Holmes New Paltz, New York

I donate 100% of my proceeds to charity. Currently, the charity I'm supporting is the Django Software Foundation.

I'm an activist, programmer, musician, and teacher. I'm based in New Paltz, NY.

In 2009, I started slashRoot, a technology collective whose primary mission is "to cultivate the skill and discipline required for effective citizenship in the information age."
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