Songs for the Revolution

I recorded a number of songs on cassette tape about 30 years ago.  My oldest brother, Dave Baltzer, recently retrieved what might have been the only surviving copy of the tape, and had the songs converted into digital format.  My other brothers, Sam and Mark Baltzer, accompanied me on some of the songs with bass guitar and drums.  I played the acoustic guitar. 

John Kintree, September 27, 2015.

 http://globalreferendum2020.org/songs-for-the-revolution.html


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All of the songs on this page were written by John Kintree, and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


BTW, if you click on a song title below with the right mouse button, you can use the "Save Link As" command, or something like it, to download the song to your computer.  There should be a way to download the songs to tablets and smartphones as well.  On some devices, the songs might play better by downloading them instead of using the play song controls that are just above the song titles.  You can try it either way, and see what works best for you.

I Opened My Eyes ©

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I opened my eyes to a room full of smiles.
Yes, it's fitting for a newborn baby.
I'm utterly dependent for all my needs
on the ones who provided the egg and the seed.

Feed me when I'm hungry.
Change me when I'm wet.
Hug me and hold me so I never will forget
that I'm loved.

How are you different from me?

Don't tell me what to do, just let me be.
I can tie my shoes myself now I'm grown up all the way to age three.
Relax your hold, increase my space,
help me learn to rely on my own God given strengths.

Listen when I speak.
Watch me while I play.
Make sure I get the chance
to make successes and mistakes.

Now tell me, how are you different from me?

Now I work for my pay and I shape my own way
as the wrinkles appear, and time passes year after year.
But you know that it seems in the prime of my life,
every moment has been taken by demands of work, children, and wife.

Thank me for my labor.
Reward me for my sweat.
Tell me I'm important
so I never will regret
the life that was given to me,
all the blessings that were shared with me;
faith, hope, and love that will never cease.

And I ask, how are you different from me?

So when I die, where will I go?
Is there a place where the spirit remains?  I just don't know.
A part of the answer that gives me peace
is to think that at the heart of it, you really are no different from me.

How are you different from me?

Yes, you're no different from me.

Sweet Jesus ©

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Sweet Jesus come closer to me.
This is all I am asking to be,
one of your brothers true,
that is what I am asking of you.

Dear Lord, forgive me my sins,
With your love, I will make you amends.
Each and every passing day,
To feel your strength, I am kneeling to pray.

Our father, in heaven you reign.
Here on Earth, we are subject to pain,
but you have suffered the greatest loss.
It was your son who died on the cross.

A mighty tree grows from a little seed.
Your act of sacrifice, we should heed.
You have shown us what you want us to do,
in loving each other we become one with you.

Sweet Jesus come closer to me.
This is all I am asking to be,
one of your brothers true,
that is what I am asking of you.

We Don't Want To Fight ©

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Well now brothers and sisters, listen to me.
I was raised just like you, to think highly of prosperity.
We've forgotten that a life full of comfort and pleasantries,
is both a privilege and a responsibility.
It's upsetting to think that it might end,
so we arm ourselves, our good life, to defend.

We're building tanks, bombers, and submarines,
enough to blow us all to smitherines.
If you threaten my good life, I say,
you won't live to see another day.

But, we don't want to fight.
We don't want to fight.
We don't want to fight.
We don't want to fight.
Yeah.

We deny that our motives are materialism and greed.
We'd rather see ourselves as the defenders of truth and liberty.
If reality shows that our use of resources exceeds
what this planet can produce to provide for all of our needs,
what will we think of that, what do we own?
Will we share our wealth with others, will we repay the loan?

They say, it's our national security
that requires this deed of loyalty.
To stop the communist and socialist spread
the only good red is one that is dead.

But, we don't want to fight.
We don't want to fight.
We don't want to fight.
We don't want to fight.
Yeah.

Well my number was called, I was drafted and sent overseas,
to some tiny, little village that had brought our country to its knees.
Please understand how the fear in that moment dominated me.
My only choices were to raise my gun and fire, to die, or to flee.
It's the fire that burns forever that burns me raw.
Cause when I looked down at my victim, this is who I saw.

Oh lord, it was me.
Oh lord, he was me.
Oh lord, she was me.

Ah, ah, ah, we don't want to fight, no.
We don't want to fight, please.
We don't want to fight, listen to me.
We don't want to fight.

We don't want to fight.
We don't want to fight.
We don't want to fight.
We don't want to fight.

I Believe ©

When the morning has opened my eyes,
visions of the glory, there will I find.

I believe.
I believe.

When the evening has settled my mind,
loving words come to me, no more goodbyes.

I believe.
I believe.

When the night has called my name,
spirit of joy and wonder, stilling the shame.

I believe.
I believe.
I believe.

Though We Conquer Outer Space ©

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Though we conquer outer space,
we must not forget our place.
As we travel to the stars,
let's remember whose we are.

Our roots are in this place,
we were fashioned from this clay,
and Alpha Centauri
is no closer to eternity.

The state of the human race
since we crawled out from the caves,
have we only come this far
that we keep on going to war?

As we leave this planet Earth,
have we found out what it's worth,
that the soul of humanity
is the prize, not technology.

I look to you my son
to do what must be done.
With your mother by my side,
and your sister, we watch you stride.

With a sure and steady pace,
the joy that shines from your face,
as you board the silver dart
feel the throbbing of your heart.

You greet your comrades three,
who will share this great journey.
There's Ilya, Ming, and Camille.
Now you dock with the spinning wheel.

Your mission has begun.
What was lost can now be won.
You can show your love and care
by the way your gifts are shared.

Now we return to our affairs.
The cares of the world are not resolved.
Billions of mouths that must be fed.
Water, land, and air we're turning foul.

Wasted wealth and wasted lives,
will we wield the weapons stockpiled?
Will our madness be replaced
by blessed peace and healing grace?

Son, whatever path we take,
your way is clear, maintain your faith.
The sun will turn the night to day.
I pray we'll have the patience to wait.

Once the soft green glens are gone,
shrivelled by searing fireball blasts,
a planet wasted, torn to shreds,
your home is lost, you can't come back.

Your work by plan proceeds.
You can satisfy all your needs
with hydroponic tanks,
and photovoltaic banks.

The ore from the asteroid belt,
with the sun, you refine and smelt.
A new way to power your ship,
you prepare for a longer trip.

You called by phone last night,
cross the relays from satellite.
Your crew has swelled by ten,
and your bride was one of them.

The circle is complete.
My life has been long and sweet.
I have given you all my best.
Now I'm ready to sleep and rest.

Glimpse the Glitter ©

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Glimpse the glitter in your eyes,
feel the warmth from your sweet, sweet smile.
Do you know?
Do you know how I feel?

I return your gentle caress.
I reach out and touch your tender breasts.
Let me know.
Let me know how you feel.

After all you've come to mean to me,
can it be I'll never see you again?
Will it end?  Will it end?
Do you know, will it end?

Turn the lights out, it's time to sleep.
Will we meet in some different dream?
Don't you know?
Don't you know what I mean?
Don't you know what I mean?
Don't you know what I mean?

Thanks For Everything ©

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Sing to me softly, the night fades away.
Sing to the light of the coming new day.
Sing for the home of the beckoning star.
Sing of the faith that has brought us this far.

Thanks for everything,
the ugly, the pretty, the helpful, the mean.
Thanks for the air that we breath.
My faith is unbowed for as long as I live.

Work for the roof that covers your head.
Work to raise food so your children can be fed.
Work for the joy that creation affords.
Work with the hope that rewards will be yours.

Thanks for everything,
the ugly, the pretty, the helpful, the mean.
Thanks for the earth and the sea.
My hope is undaunted for as long as I live.

Be what you are, you're a blessing indeed.
Be what you can be, it's the right of the free.
Be patient and kind, let peace come from you.
Be filled with the love that is steadfast and true.

Thanks for everything,
the ugly, the pretty, the helpful, the mean.
Thanks for the flowers and trees.
My love is my all for as long as I live.

My love is my all for as long as I live,
My hope is undaunted,
My faith is unbowed,
And I'll be singing this song for as long as I live.




In case it isn't obvious, the revolution is changing the structure of power, like a cone to a doughnut, from a few people at the top making decisions for everyone else to a more equal distribution of power for everyone through a global referendum.