Love trumps hate

by mike skliar

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This is a very quick down-and-dirty mini-album (EP, they used to call it) written and recorded in the 2 weeks after the 2016 US Presidential election, and recorded very simply, live with no overdubs.

Like many, I've been feeling disheartened, depressed, angry and sad about the results of the election. This album is one way to express these feelings but also to hopefully transcend them, to find things to do, avenues both inside and outside to travel, and connect with others who feel some of this as well. I hope this resonates with a few people out there.

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released November 22, 2016

Mike Skliar- acoustic steel string and nylon string guitars, mandolin, baritone guitar, harmonica, vocals

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Track Name: We will survive
We’ve got love, we’ve got strength, we’ve been thru difficult times
There were wars, a great depression, unemployment, bread lines
There’s been injustice, but there’s been progress
Millions marching, acts of Congress
What I’m trying to say is………………… we will survive

There’s been elections, bitterly fought, tho this one’s worse then what we remember
I feel so low about next year, and its only November
What a year we have had
Musicians died, election’s gone bad
What I’m trying to say is………………we will survive


It looks grim, I’ve done the math, next year we may be on the wrong path
Not the first time, not the last, that our leader is a sociopath
Time to roll up your sleeves
All good people don’t just leave
What I’m trying to say is…………we will survive


(c) M. Skliar 2016
Track Name: Mourning in America
It’s mourning in America I spell that M O U R N
Feels less like a beginning and more like an end
No one saw it coming, though the radar showed a blip
It was hard to imagine all the places that would flip
The end of an era that started with such style
Whose every favorite virtue they’re waiting to defile

Not sure who can help us now we are on our own
What started as a flesh wound is down to the bone
The social fabric torn, something dark is exposed
Like all the garden flowers died except one lonely rose
And just when you think there will always be more roses
You feel like you’ve been hit by a cancer diagnosis

I’m living in that feeling its been seeping thru my skin
It penetrates thru everything and lodges deep within
My vision’s not so rosy I see battle lines in my sleep
And when I see a crowd I think I’m just seeing sheep
Sheep that were manipulated by a master of the con
Here comes another dark age I’m not seeing any dawn


(c) M. Skliar 2016
Track Name: Strategy
We need a strategy for living with this reality
A new philosophy, to try to keep our sanity

Don’t dwell in the past , we gotta make it last
Start out local, keep yourself vocal
Pay money for journalism, support feminism
Give to planned parenthood, be active in your neighborhood
Don’t stand for racist priorities, stand firmly with minorities
Do call out privilege everywhere, fight for decent healthcare
Find folks with different points of view, find out things they hold as true
Where you can find common ground, try to make them come around
When there’s nothing more to say, remember on election day
Don’t hold out for utopia, or some imagined panacea
Try to be more practical, all politics is tactical
Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln, didn’t stay home overthinking
Don’t give up hope, succumb to fear,
the tide will turn so will these next four years

these are the commandments of staying engaged
don’t burn out too early, don’t just stop at enraged
we’re in for the long haul, we just gotta fight a little longer
what doesn’t kill us or make us fall, will only make us stronger


(c) M. Skliar 2016
Track Name: Love Trumps Hate
Please concentrate
Don't hesitate
It's not too late
There's no debate
As we, irate
Recriminate
Depreciate
Obfuscate
Confiscate
And desecrate
Rather then collaborate
Appreciate
Stimulate
Accommodate
Cultivate
Educate
And dedicate
Get one thing straight
Love trumps hate

(c) M. Skliar
Track Name: Electoral College
Oh the free states and the slave states, decided to have a party
They’d party like it was 1787, yes siree
But they couldn’t agree on much, so a compromise was drafted
That’s how the electoral college came to be

Now most colleges have tuition, and some ivy-covered professors
But this college meets only once every four years
At that rate they’re still in their first term, first term freshmen year
And you know how freshmen can’t handle their beer

Now twice in the last five elections, that college got it all mixed up
The loser of the popular vote won the race
But if you look at the way it was set up, it was a last escape hatch
Our last escape hatch against disgrace

“Independent Judgment” said James Madison
And Hamilton thought the electors would be more wise
And the same bias in the system, that gives power to the smaller states
Gives Republicans an advantage realized

Oh the red states and the blue states, decided to have a party
And party like it was 2016
But democracy has suffered, and we are all the poorer
Between a rock and a hard place we are caught between


(c) M. Skliar
Track Name: Stay away from politics
I used to love to watch the news, and read all about politics
Since the election it’s a different tune, I can’t even watch or I’m gonna get sick
Is he gonna appoint Goring or Goebbels/ I’d rather be smothered by a million gerbils
I gotta take a break from watching the news, and stay away from politics

Its gonna be escapist novels for me, nothing like what I was reading before
Nothing that gives me that creepy feeling, like seeing parallels to Orwell’s 1984
I gotta forget it at least till December, what happened last week I wish I didn’t remember
I wish I could burn it out of my brain, its like war and peace except its only the war

Hamilton warned us of the people’s choice, but Hamilton is dead, killed in a duel
Things can get bad and things can get worse, its sad to realize we will be governed by fools
Fools who were elected on a platform of lies, and now its time for them to rip off the disguise
This is gonna be quite the four year disaster, and even worse then anyone’s worst high school

I used to love to watch the news, and read all about politics
Since the election it’s a different tune, I can’t even watch or I’m gonna get sick
Is he gonna appoint Goring or Goebbels/ I’d rather be smothered by a million gerbils
I gotta take a break from watching the news, and stay away from politics

© M. Skliar 2016
Track Name: Silver Lining
They keep trying/ to put us under
they didn’t know we were seeds
we’re qualifying / to call down thunder
and we’ll get just what we need

Its out there among the stars
Waiting for
us to see it
And if you help me out
Give a shout
And we can be it

All these events /Got ya down
Nothing stays the same
Things are bent/And scary clowns
Sometimes bring the rain

Supermoon come and shine with
All the finest
Of the season
And if you can help me out
Give a shout
You’re the reason

Faucet leaking /Moon shining
Another average day
We’re seeking / A silver lining
That never goes away

Its out there among the stars
Waiting for / us to see it
And if you help me out / Give a shout
And we can be that silver lining,
be that silver lining, we can keep on shining in the sky

(c) M. Skliar 2016