Outside the Party

by Justin Myles Holmes

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There they go again they’re
in the streets; their
guy won the show

They’re partyin’ amazes
all the lonely people, they’re
all in the know

But I’m not at the party cuz I
want to stop the bombing
I have no place to go

not at the party cuz I’ll
shut down the prisons
and let my people go

At the party they cheer
for the bubble
and say they’ll make it grow

They print and mint the coin and card
and sleep in on the weekend: they’re
all in the know

But I’m not at the party cuz I
want to bring the drones home
I have no place to go

not at the party cuz I’ll
throw away the TASERs
and rewrite the code

The party cake is provided by the
universal health care, but it’s
filled with GMOs

The goers each eat a little
more than their share; they’re
all in the know

But I’m not at the party cuz I
can’t afford to miss work
I have no place to go

not at the party cuz I’ll
overgrow their smokestacks
and feel the breeze blow to and fro

It doesn’t matter whom they tell me wins on Tuesday
I don’t have room enough for red states and for blue states

This donkey, dog, and pony show
With elephants in the first three rows
It’s a party sure, but I’ll be stayin’ home

I won’t be at the party where they
celebrate software patents

I prefer to stay home alone than
redefine “combatants”

I don’t need lesser evils in my heart
My friends and I won’t be there to play the part

I’m sorry to RSVP no-show
but now I think I’m in the know

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released October 31, 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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