on the day all the democrats won
did you sigh and say our work is done?
did you feel at all angry or shocked
that all your dreams could fit in a box?
on the day that they took back the house
did the homeless find shelter at last?
was it one man who stole their dignity?
or all those laws that the democrats passed?
and on the day that they counted the votes
did you drive your car to the polls?
did you think that the wars would just end
if we elected a few different men?
when they told you this time things would change
did you feel hopeful or mostly afraid?
and what made you think it was true
after the lies that the last ones told you?
if you think this is how history's made
that it was lincoln who freed all the slaves
then why do you get out of bed
if all of your heroes are dead?
cuz on the day it comes tumbling down
while they're weeping and stumbling around
let's hope that we've built something new
and that it started inside me and you
cuz when the last gears have fallen to rust
i'll be reaching for you through the dust
there'll be no time to talk right or wrong
we'll just wonder how it took so long
because on the day nagasaki was bombed
kids were singing this very same song