We Are The Many

By now, you’ve probably heard about the artist Makana, who played We Are The Many to a room full of the handmaidens of the 1% (politicians), most of whom did not notice. It is a lovely song, and not to hard to play. Here are the lyrics and my version of the chords (based on this version). He plays it with a capo on the ninth fret but sounds just fine without (interestingly, these are the same chords as Talking About a Revolution by Tracy Chapman). Enjoy and play it loud!


We Are The Many
Lyrics and Music by Makana

Key: E    capo: 9    chording: G
Intro: G, Gsus4, G, Em7 x 2

G              D        G      D                   C                  Em
We come here, gather ‘round the stage. The time has come for us to voice our rage
G              D        G      D                   C                  Em
Against the ones who trapped us in a cage to steal from us the value of our wage
G              D        G      D                   C                  Em
From underneath the vestiture of law. The lobbyists at Washington do gnaw
G              D        G      D                   C                  Em
At liberty; the bureaucrats guffaw / And until they are purged we won’t withdraw


C                                          D                                               G                          C
We’ll occupy the streets, we’ll occupy the courts / We’ll occupy the offices of you

G                    Am                     D                      G, Gsus4, G, Em7 x2
‘Til you do  /  The bidding of the many, not the few

Our nation was built upon the right of every person to improve their plight
But laws of this Republic they rewrite and now a few own everything in sight
They own it free of liability. They own, but they are not like you and me
Their influence dictates legality and until they are stopped we are not free


You enforce your monopolies with guns while sacrificing our daughters and sons
But certain things belong to everyone your thievery has left the people none
So take heed of our notice to redress we have little to lose, we must confess
Your empty words do leave us unimpressed a growing number join us in protest


You can’t divide us into sides and from our gaze, you cannot hide
Denial serves to amplify and our allegiance you can’t buy
Our government is not for sale, The banks do not deserve a bail
We will not reward those who fail, we will not move till we prevail

Chorus x 2

We are the many
You are the few

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