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Everybody Knows Somebody

by Amanda Palmer

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you can watch my live recording of this song - AND SING ALONG! - here on youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=v3IG4BVdt2E

the EVERYBODY KNOWS SOMEBODY album artwork was created - on very short notice - by manuel oliver, artist, activist, and father & best friend of joaquin oliver.

joaquin was murdered during the marjorie stoneman douglas high school shooting in parkland, florida.

100% of the profits from these downloads will go to CHANGETHEREF.ORG, the non-profit started by manuel and patricia oliver after they lost their son. changetheref.org is trying to empower younger kids to get into politics and make REAL CHANGE around gun safety.

i have never felt more honored and emotional collaborating with another artist. i can sing about this and feel all the feelings: but manuel lost his son. i cannot start to imagine how that feels.

making art isn't as direct as voting or calling your congresspeople.
but art can get directly into the emotional heart of the matter.

this song was written in response to the insanity going on in our country. gun violence and the deaths of ordinary people all over america is becoming NORMAL.

IT ISN'T NORMAL.

let's call it what it is: a public health crisis. too many senseless deaths. too much pointless tragedy that could be avoided with better, safer, smarter gun laws.

i was able to write and record this song FAST because i knew i could release it immediately using funds from my 15,000+ patrons to cover all the studio costs, the cost of my production team, to pay manuel for his artwork, etc.
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to my 15,000 patrons: thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting my work.
to everybody else: if you want to support me & my collaborators in making more art like this, join us here, it's a fantastic community of beautiful people:

www.patreon.com/amandapalmer.

this track was recorded and mixed/mastered by christopher bittner at applehead studios in woodstock, NY, on august 14th, 2019.

thanks to the EVERYBODY chorus, who showed up on THREE HOURS NOTICE....

Aileen Morgan
Amber Rodriguez
Betsi Krisniski
Brian Duffy
Chris Wells
Christopher Schiller
Daniella DaCaro
Drue Pennella
Elizabeth Lesser
Glen Brandow
Gregg Goodbrod
John Sturman
Laura Becker
Lauren S.
Liam McComiskey
Linda Winnick
Lukas Bittner
Megan Badger
Mike McGary
Nancy Geaney
Nikki Stein
Stephanie Carlin
Sydney Dean
Vince Berzal

WE ARE THE MEDIA, everybody.
we are.

lyrics

they say
this land gets more and more divided
if i may
i think that’s not the only side why
just today
i saw the late edition paper
and no way
i saw the north and south united

like the blood
that flows every color body
it’s enough
we’ve finally all at the same party
looking down
it may not be the thing we wanted
but there’s finally enough to go around

from new york
to california
from detroit
down to the border

we all have more in common now than we do not
now
everybody knows someday
(everybody knows someday)
everybody knows somebody
(everybody knows someday)
everybody knows somebody
who got shot.

they say
there’s trouble brewing in the union
hip hooray
look human beings being human
laying blame
wherever there is room to lay it’s
all the same
you want the red pill or the blue one

but it’s all
about to change there’s something
getting us aboard the SS progress
one big funeral for all the people
that we used to call before they
risked their lives to head out to the
mosque or to the mall

from new york
to california
from detroit
down to the border

we all have more in common now than we do not
not
everybody knows someday
(everybody knows someday)
everybody knows somebody
(everybody knows someday)
everybody knows somebody
who got shot


from the mountain rivers to the public squares
everybody’s getting really good at sending thoughts and prayers

from the heart of dixie up to oregon
we can ghjk0,mall rest assured they’re’ll be a slaughter somewhere by the dawn

and in the nightclubs all the dancers in the dark
they will twist the night away with extra fear inside their hearts

and from new england to alaska every child
will know exactly what to do now when a shooter opens fire

from new york
to california
from detroit
down to the border

we all have more in common now than we do not
now
everybody knows someday
who got shot

this land is your land
this land is my land
this land is our land
until it’s not

everybody knows somebody
(everybody knows somebody)
everybody knows somebody
(everybody knows somebody)
until everybody’s gone.

credits

released August 15, 2019
recorded at applehead studios on august 14, 2019.
engineer, mixed and mastered by christopher bittner.

the EVERYBODY chorus:
Aileen Morgan
Amber Rodriguez
Betsi Krisniski
Brian Duffy
Chris Wells
Christopher Schiller
Daniella DaCaro
Drue Pennella
Elizabeth Lesser
Glen Brandow
Gregg Goodbrod
John Sturman
Laura Becker
Lauren S.
Liam McComiskey
Linda Winnick
Lukas Bittner
Megan Badger
Mike McGary
Nancy Geaney
Nikki Stein
Stephanie Carlin
Sydney Dean
Vince Berzal

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