Saturday, December 20, 2014

SoNG: It Isn't Nice

Women's Video Collective. Copyright 1983. All Rights Reserved.

It Isn't Nice
Written by Malvina Reynolds, 1963
PeHP Source: Songsheets Nov. 1983/84; WVC


It isn't nice to climb the fences (alt. block the doorway), 

It isn't nice to go to jail,

There are nicer ways to do it,

But the nice ways always fail.


It isn't nice, it isn't nice, 

You told us once, you told us twice,

But if that is Freedom's price,

We don't mind.

It isn't nice to carry banners 


Or to sit in on the floor, 

Or to shout our cry of Freedom 

At the hotel and the store.


It isn't nice, it isn't nice,

You told us once, you told us twice,

But if that is Freedom's price,

We don't mind.

We have tried negotiations


And the three-man picket line,
Mr. Charlie didn't see us 

And he might as well be blind.


Now our new ways aren't nice 

When we deal with men of ice,

But if that is Freedom's price, 
We don't mind.

How about those years of lynchings 


And the shot in Evers' back?

Did you say it wasn't proper,

Did you stand upon the track?


You were quiet just like mice,

Now you say we aren't nice, 

And if that is Freedom's price, 

We don't mind.


Listen to Malvina Reynold's original version here.

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