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Friday, 26 February 2016

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!: Day 57 - Take Back The Power

'Take Back The Power' by Los Angeles based Ska band The Interrupters has been on my mind the past few days. It's taken from their self-titled album that was produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong (who also features on the album singing the song 'Family') that was released on Hellcat Records back in 2014.

The video for 'Take Back The Power' was issued last year during August.

I have to say that I love the lyrics to this song and I think they have a much wider reach than just the authorities taking away our power. 

I think when it comes down to issues like Bullying (whether it be Cyber Bullying or real Physical/Emotional Bullying) that there is a case for standing up and being strong and Taking Back the Power to be the you that the Bully is trying to steal. So find a trusted friend, teacher or even a caring Parent (yep kids, your folks do have the ability to care and love you!) and tell them, that is the first step to Taking Back the Power.

The issue of Image as well is one where people should feel the need to Take Back the Power. I remember the Angelic Upstarts song 'Teenage Warning' and there's a line in it that goes something like "Is my image right for your fashion parade/If it don't look right your days are numbered", and that threat "if it don't look right" is one that's worth standing up against. Who is the one to decide what looks right and what doesn't? The issue of image though is not just about the clothes you wear, it's essentially about who you are. The media pressures a woman to look a certain way, and presents the perfect woman time and time again in the pages of the magazines. But that idea of perfection is so far off what most normal women/girls are. Take Back The Power and be who you are, not who others expect you to be!

I don't know where you are at today, what your situations are but maybe there's a little voice in your head that's telling you that it's time to Take Back the Power that others have stolen from you, let this song be an encouragement to you today.



Take Back The Power
What's your plan for tomorrow
Are you a leader or will you follow
Are you a fighter or will you cower
It's our time to take back the power

Whatcha gonna do
When they show up in black suits
On your street in army boots
And they're there to silence you
Whatcha gonna say
When they strip your rights away
And the taxman makes you pay
For every bead of sweat you bled today

We don't need to run and hide
We won't be pushed off to the side

What's your plan for tomorrow
Are you a leader or will you follow
Are you a fighter or will you cower
It's our time to take back the power

Who you gonna trust
When the judge is so unjust
And the jury must discuss
Said you don't look like one of us
Where you gonna turn
Now the court has been adjourned
And the lessons that you learned
Are not as many as the bridges burned

We don't need to run and hide
We won't be pushed off to the side

What's your plan for tomorrow
Are you a leader or will you follow
Are you a fighter or will you cower
It's our time to take back the power 

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!
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