This site is devoted to re-energizing social change movements by offering them readily sing-able participatory songs. They may be simple songs like “Down by the Riverside,” or they may be songs with “message” verses and easy choruses like “This Land is Your Land,” or they may be call-and-response songs like “Ain’t Afraid of Your Jail ‘Cause I Want My Freedom,” or they may be “zipper” songs into which new verses can be readily “zipped” like “We Shall Not Be Moved.”
The object is to reclaim one of the great tools of past social change campaigns: songs that weld crowds of people into movements through shared participation in singing.
Peter Bergel is a lifelong social change activist and song leader. He wants to connect with other musicians who are interested in working to re-introduce participatory singing into today’s social change movements. Email him.