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Jan 29, 2007 Parody on the compromise hand-counted paper ballots (HCPB) advocates made, no longer demanding hand-counted paper ballots “now.”  Asks, where do we go from here? 

Original song by Les Reed and Geoff Stephens, and covered by several legendary singers.

1. There’s a kind of hush – all over the world, tonight 
All over the world machines have won the day – I’m kind of blown away. 

2. A se-cret vote – is all they will give – no joke. 
Inside a box – away from prying eyes – is where democracy dies. 

REFRAIN: 

Remember what we learned so far – hand counts are the lowest bar 
of democracy – fair vote counts, I mean. 
When experts seize the vote from us, then experts rule and we must trust 
reported results. It’s such an insult. 

3. Since ’86, parallel votes – are done 
We poll the folks – it’s simple and fun – then tell the world who won. 

4. Not only this, observing the whole – process 
and videoing, it’s a lovely scene, it’s how we live our dream. 

REFRAIN: 

When you accept their wizardry – You then cede your authority 
to their agenda; their propaganda. 
If cost and science fail to sway, what makes you think we’ll win the day 
inside their machine, with some audit scheme? 

5. Now they wanna discuss – clean money laws, with us, 
and which audit schemes for these vote machines, ignore HCPBs. 

REFRAIN: 

But listen very carefully. Opti-scams and DREs 
are no substitute – to hand counts; it’s true. 
Opti-scams use software, too – audits then are simply used 
to hoodwink us all, so we’ll drop the ball. 

6. We all swarmed, at once – all over the world, as one. 
They pheromone-sprayed, took our queen away, left us dis-arrayed. 

REFRAIN: 

So ma-ny in our swarm got sprayed – they’re all confused and walked away 
from their inner value – of hand counts; it’s true. 
Paper ball’ts are just one part, media reform is at the heart 
of democracy. Say no to machines. 

7. It was a nice few years, dissenting with you – big cheers. 
Dissenting out loud, we are strong and proud, what a joyous sound. 

REFRAIN: 

So contemplate from where you are – tell me now, where is the star? 
I’m totally lost – elections are frauds. 
Where do we put our tal-ents now, when corporations won’t allow 
Hand counting the votes – as if we are dopes. 

8. There’s a kind of hush – Time to sit back, and think. 
Time to lay low, recover from our blow, think where we need to go. 

REFRAIN: 

The profit-crazed hierarchy – crushes life and Earth’s beauty 
Their “civilized” scheme – is making us scream. 
All of life – near the crust – every species feels the thrust 
of cor-por-ate greed – we’ll all go extinct. 

9. Everyone’s marching, in step – all over the world, you bet 
All over the world, machines have won the day. I’m kinda blown away. 

REFRAIN: 

I’ll join you in the good homeland, where life can reign and freedom stand. 
We’ll live very simply – eco-harmony 
Tell me now where we belong, this mass of folks who sing the song 
For self-ruling tribes, who won’t privatize. 

10. There’s a kind of hush, all over the world, tonite. 
All over the world and I’m feeling fine – some didn’t step in line.

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