We're Gonna Change It

by Lisa Marie Simmons

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Half the proceeds go to Ampersand Families when you purchase "We're Gonna Change It," which indeed we can.

Executive Director and CoFounder of Ampersand Families - Michelle Chalmers, is an extraordinary, brilliant innovator. I love her agency so much I wrote them a song. I want to invite you to support Ampersand Families; I am a huge fan of Minnesota’s only nonprofit adoption agency focused exclusively on providing permanency services to teens and families who face the greatest barriers in the child welfare system. They help the community’s oldest, longest-waiting youth to move from temporary foster care into permanent, loving families.
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Looking at my skin
Why do they begin
Can you tell me why

Baby I don’t break
They can’t take my light
and I’ll tell you why

They can spray their gas
Into the peaceful mass
But we won’t take it, not gonna take it Say they can call the po’
But that won’t work much more

Cuz we won’t accept what it is that they think they know
Nah we won’t accept what it is that they think they know
We won’t accept what it is that they think they know

Be bold and brave
Stand up and fight
Cuz the end is in sight

Children are at stake
What can we create
Without our family

They can slam the door
On those that they call poor
but I won’t take it,
not gonna take it
People callin’ CPS
Cryin’ wolf on those with less

But I won’t accept what it is that they think they know
No I won’t accept what it is that they think they know
Said I won’t accept what it that they think they know

Stolen generations
Since the plantations
seeds were sown
and they’re too far grown

This is systemic
And it’s endemic
The time’s come to say

That we’ll cut the root
despite dispute
And it starts right now

To raise our kids up strong
Let them know that they belong
We need education
a strong foundation
Historically declined
Jobs, houses, clean environs
We gotta change it, we gonna change it

Cuz we won’t accept what it is that they think they know
Nah we won’t accept what it is that they think they know
We won’t accept what it is that they think they know

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released March 2, 2021
Composer, Lyrics, Lead Vocal - Lisa Marie Simmons
Co-Composer Keys, Arrangement & Producer - Marco Cremaschini
Co-Composer, Guitar additional vocals - Filippo De Paoli
Accordian - Vincenzo Castrini
Drums - Cesare Valbusa

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