Hoping Against Privilege (Demo)

by Samuel Barker

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Now is the time to protest. Now is the time for protest songs. Stand up and fight back. Now is not the time to sit on the fence.

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Left at half mast
The hope we traded for fear and regret
Wagered it all on the latest fool's bet

Lost in the past
Romanticized as the good old days
Nostalgia couldn't help but get in the way

Watch it all just fade away
The compassion and the grace

Privilege buys you time spent on the sideline
Ignoring the prices history has paid
Keeping your mouth shut, just walking down the line
Too afraid to leave the comfort of the bed you've made

Here in the dark
8 years spent where lies were sold
Mere half-truths in the best of stories told

Fearing the spark
That lights these burdens of proof
Choosing teams regardless of the truth

Watch it all just fall apart
The beauty and the art

Privilege buys you time spent on the sideline
Ignoring the prices history has paid
Keeping your mouth shut, just walking down the line
Too afraid to leave the comfort of the bed you've made

It's time to get up and lend a hand
Join voices and take a stand

Privilege buys you time spent on the sideline
But the future has a cost that we must pay
Keep your voice heard and push right through the line
Never let hope die with these words we say

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released January 20, 2017

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Samuel Barker Houston, Texas

After spending years on the road playing shows with the mere hope of recouping travel costs, the title of the album, All This For Gas Money?, was natural. It's not a slight against the life, but a playful joke for those who live it. It's a testament to keeping your head up after averaging 149 miles per show for an average payout of $36 for 2010. You covered the cost to get there, so keep going! ... more

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