From the album Tree Goats of Morocco

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This song is a musical amicus brief for the next Supreme Court case concerning whether money should be thought of as speech, or simply a way that speech is amplified. So unlimited money drowns out the voices of the poor and middle class. In other words, Overturn Citizen's United!

Gary Feist: Bass
Masumi Jones: Drums
Marilyn Rucker, Gary Feist, Lisa Rucker, Billy Curtis: Vocals

Lyrics

Money’s not speech.
It’s a microphone.
Money’s not speech.
It’s a microphone.
Money’s not speech.
It’s a microphone:
A microphone for the rich.

If you’re rich and you want to buy some amplification
You don’t need a brain or even education
You don’t need a heart and you don’t have to think
Just sign that campaign check with a “help me out” wink.

Money’s not speech.
It’s a microphone.
Money’s not speech.
It’s a microphone.
Money’s not speech.
It’s a microphone:
A microphone for the rich.

You can buy a tv network and call it news
When it’s really just a platform for your rich folks’ views
No one will check or balance you
Lie all you want
Cause the people don’t have the kind of voice you’ve got!

Money’s not speech.
It’s a microphone.
Money’s not speech.
It’s a microphone.
Money’s not speech.
It’s a microphone:
A microphone for the rich.

Why did the Supremes bring us all this grief?
Why say that corporations live and breathe?
Thanks to you we only hear from the one percent
The rest of us are silenced by debts and rent.

Money’s not speech.
It’s a microphone.
Money’s not speech.
It’s a microphone.
Money’s not speech.
It’s a microphone:
A microphone for the rich.


The people can change this
We can turn it around
We can join our voices in a deafening sound
We can march! We can protest! We can vote every chance!
Cut the money mike
And join this dance!

(Repeat till heard. Maybe.)