The Women's March

Words and music by Sarah Pirtle, © 2017, Discovery Center Music, BMI

Lyrics

My daughter’s sign read, “The Walls Must Come Down.”

Send around the earth a common call.

And my mother at my side, her sign read, “I’m terrified.”

And the rise of women’s voices lifts us all.

 

I looked in every face and I trusted.

Send around the earth a common call.

In pink hats on the green, half a million like sardines.

The rise of women’s voices lifts us all.

 

Chorus:

We’re shouting -- Don’t give up.

We’re shouting -- Don’t forget.

Send around the earth a common call.     

We come together at this hour and stand inside our power.

The rise of women’s voices lifts us all.

 

My son’s sign read: “The future’s female.”

Send around the earth a common call.

He said the speakers are hard to hear.

He grabbed my elbow, we edged near.

The rise of women’s voices lifts us all.

 

Chorus

Bridge melody:

There was a speaker touched my heart,

she called out -- “Say her name!

Send around the earth a common call.

It was a voice like no other. It was Sandra Bland’s mother.

The rise of women’s voices lifts us all.        

 

As I joined the shout for Sandra, I found your eyes.

Send around the earth a common call.

Like me your tears fell down,

you held your grandchild in your arms.

The rise of women’s voices lifts us all.

 

Chorus:

We’re shouting -- don’t give up.

We’re shouting -- don’t forget.

Send around the earth a common call.

Here we are not strangers. All rights are in danger.

The rise of women’s voices lifts us all.

 

She said to me, can I see, what sign is on your back.

Send around the earth a common call.

“Fear ignorance, not Muslims” are the words that I wore.

The rise of women’s voices lifts us all.

 

And what would you say, if you could speak into the mic?

Send around the earth a common call.

I’d bring my family to the mic, and say --

“We are what an immigrant family looks like.”

And the rise of women’s voices lifts us all.

Production: Engineered by Loren Feinstein, Colrain, MA.
Lead vocals and guitar -- Sarah Pirtle. Crowd vocal -- Caroline Joy Dubinsky.

About This Song

Resource -- Dialogue booklet to be downloaded for free.

One Hundred Years Before: 1917 Suffragist Parade down Fifth Ave. NYC

The week before the Women’s March I wrote a 30-page booklet called KEEPERS OF THE FIRE: Dialogue to Change Sexism and Foster Gender Reconciliation — It can be downloaded on the website for Traprock Center for Peace and Justice at http://traprock.org/common-threads. It contains anecdotes, insights and information about the organizations that address gender justice.

The Story of the Song: During the march in Boston, I wrote down forty of the signs and later watched footage of as many sections of the march as I could. My friend Lui Collins went to Washington D.C. and she spoke movingly about the moment when she heard Sandra Bland’s mother and cried along with a woman in the crowd as they met each other’s eyes. This song combines true events to create a fictional family.