Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird – “Freedom Is A Verb” (official video)

Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird – “Freedom Is A Verb” (official video)


You can fight a war with drones You can fight a war with loans You can fight a war with gas or cans of paint But don’t you realize that the game is compromised if you think that this is something that it ain’t We got images of murder that don’t manage to disturb An international order that is bordering absurd And no one gets the freedom they were told that they deserve til they realize that freedom’s not a noun IT’S A VERB FREEDOM IS A VERB SOMETHING NEVER FINISHED NEVER DONE IT’S SOMETHING YOU MUST MAKE IT’S SOMETHING YOU MUST TAKE IT’S SOMETHING YOU MUST CONSTANTLY BECOME This weekend revolution It’s a radical inclusion It’s a holiday of popular revolt It’s the social interaction of inconsequential actions using faces to replace a silent vote But lower pay and higher rent’s another kind of violence the violence of silence and of greed It’s the violence of feeling your irrelevance revealing every way in which you never will be freed IT’S A VERB AN ACTION AND AN URGE AS FERTILE AS THE BARREL OF A GUN IT HAPPENS OUT OF NEED IT’S A FIRE AND A SEED ITS TERRIBLE POTENTIAL HAS BEGUN They’ll tell you that your liberty is constantly in jeopardy It’s something you must loyally defend But isn’t it demeaning when your well-intended meanings mean your means will have to justify your ends? So improvise a barricade of furniture cascading It’s a carnival of helmets in the flood For the bottles can be filled with either gasoline or lager or detergent that’ll wash away your blood IT’S A VERB FREEDOM IS A VERB SOMETHING NEVER FINISHED NEVER DONE IT’S SOMETHING YOU CAN FAKE AND IT’S SOMETHING THAT’LL BREAK IF IT AIN’T SOMETHING THAT YOU CONSTANTLY BECOME IT’S A VERB AN ACTION AND AN URGE AS FERTILE AS THE BARREL OF A GUN IT HAPPENS OUT OF NEED IT’S A FIRE AND A SEED ITS TERRIBLE POTENTIAL HAS BEGUN

45 thoughts on “Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird – “Freedom Is A Verb” (official video)

  1. Hah! Wonderfully conceived and created video — seems I just heard it during this year's Singer in Warsaw performed live as the next big thing and now it's here. Keep doing Humanity's work all involved – if you would. Away with fear, hate, abuse and enthrallment, and dreamless, and let all the opposite advance.

  2. Brilliant! I'm counting the days till 17 November!

    And I think Daniel Kahn has an album of Bulat Okudzhava covers in the works as well? God, I love this man.

  3. "mean Your means will have to justify your ends?"
    I don't take this line as a praise to a deaf and blind self-rightness.
    I take this philosophy as "All ends well when your means have justified your ends, but you could not have been sure of it at the start. The big right thing you needed to do was not rooted in legal calculations, it was rooted in a feeling that the slavery is at your door"

  4. I was at the live gig at the museum of art yesterday in basel. It was good, it was amazing. Now I have to listen to all their songs.

  5. I'm really glad there are people who possess biological resistance to the new stupid order. just go ahead and do not lose hope. cheers !!!

  6. Love it also but im also very alone non backup so i need too listen too vevo bullshit also , cheers and freedom aint free just too talk its a strugle so we need to fight for it , yuddisch was the best fighter us filthy blonds in front or in gas chamber , marx , those who stalin killed also wjen menin dead

  7. This week: 100th anniversary of the German Revolution! Next year, 100th anniversary of the Bavarian Soviet Republic! No Gods, No Masters! Oans, zwoa, gsuffa!

  8. I'm anarchist (anarco pasafist to be specific. Google it it's a thing trust me i was just as shocked as you by it.) but I agree with what the men in the gas masks are saying.

  9. Listening after the US has dubbed oil as "freedom molecule".😒
    Shows how ignorant and absurd the nation and its justifications are.

  10. Fact 6 million yidish got murdered, how man hebrew? Of course hebrew United but dont take cry credit for thé European massacre

  11. imo
    Great song/vid.
    And a message that is needed right now in the U.S. as the forces of the uber-wealthy dismantle the government and encourage various hatreds.
    imo

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