Love the many words and sounds that the labels don’t cary. Culture is collective, it’s not proprietary!

http://whois–x.net/english/the-oxcars/oxcars08/program/piratesbook

 

Parents Are The Pirates is a collaborative book written for the 2008
OXCARS.

I was asked to contribute something “not too pedagogical,” so not being Paulo Friere, I took the silly path and contributed a rap. Both the english original and the spanish translation are available in the book along with many other texts from the various participating authors. So with apologies to actual rap artists everywhere and to good taste itself, here it is what my contribution was.

 

STOP DOWNLOADING THEIR SHIT!
(Rap)

 

If you really want to fuck
the recording industry
stop downloading their shit!

 

If you really give a damn about artistic liberty
stop downloading their shit!

 

The Record Bosses will make record losses
if you stop downloading their shit!

 

The Bosses don’t create
so they need to mediate.
For them to grab the cash
they need to separate
the artist from the fan
so you gotta pay the man.

 

If you try to work around them,
they’ll try to throw you in the can!

 

They sell the fans to the artists
and the artists to the fans
what you buy, what you like
is all in their business plans!

 

Do they care if you copy
there so-called property?
No they don’t
They worry if you share
without their authority
that one day, you wont!

 

If you really want to fuck
the recording industry
stop downloading their shit!
If you really want to break free
of the consciousness industry
stop downloading their shit!

 

The Record Bosses
will make record losses
if you stop downloading their shit!

 

When you download their shit
you keep promoting it.

 

When you copy what they sell you,
you make them the ones that tell you
what you want to hear and see
what to like, what to be.

 

They don’t need to sell you a CD,
they sell you your lifestyle,
you are their audience commodity!

 

The Bosses own the radio
and the damn TV.
They tell what to think
and what makes you happy.

 

They own the papers
and the biggest websites too!

 

File sharing
is what they don’t want you to do!
Because peer to peer networks
are really something new.

 

Love the many words and sounds
that the labels don’t cary.
Culture is collective,
it’s not proprietary!

 

Peer to peer is what they fear
they must control what you want to hear.
You see the bosses realize
if you share with each other
they can not capitalize!

 

If you really want to fuck
the recording industry
stop downloading their shit!

 

If you really want to have
a creative community
stop downloading their shit!
The Record Bosses
will Make record losses
if you stop downloading their shit!

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