Posted by: shannynmoore | January 4, 2011

A Song for Bradley Manning

Truth tellers emerge in difficult times. David Rovics is a truth teller.

A Song for Bradley Manning

By David Rovics

Private Manning was an analyst
if what they say is true
He was paid to read reports
find the patterns sifting through

As he read the data
the patterns did emerge
Patterns that were clear
both before and since the Surge

Patterns of abuse
of the most horrific kind
Gunning down civilians
out of view and out of mind

Gunning down the opposition
in the middle of the night
Sending off the scholars
to be tortured out of sight

Sometimes you need desperate measures
when you live in desperate times
Private Manning saw he was
looking at war crimes

He wondered what to do
to allow the dead to speak
He finally decided
to contact Wikileaks

Now it’s all out on the table
and everybody knows
The emperor is naked,
he’s not wearing any clothes

Now Adrian Lamo
has to live within his skin
He stabbed Bradley in the back,
called the cops and turned him in

But not before the soldier
took a half a million files
If you printed all the pages
they’d stretch on for miles

Evidence against the state
right from the horse’s mouth
Machinations in the west,
bombings in the south

A treasure trove of details
for all the globe to see
How much they need to lie and kill
for democracy

How many drone strikes have hit villages
leaving everyone to die
They blamed it on someone else
the official line, “Not I”

How many coups have been plotted
by ambassadors who say
That free and fair elections
be the order of the day

Now it’s all out on the table
and everybody knows
The emperor is naked,
he’s not wearing any clothes

Now the Genie’s out of the bottle
and they’re trying to stuff it back
And stop it from illuminating
everything we lack

Such as the rule of law
or playing by the book
Look you can read it, it’s right here,
the ship of state is run by crooks

And they vilify the messengers,
call them every name
For daring to blow the whistle
on the nature of their game

The game of taking lives
and endangering the rest
In order for the wealthy few
to do what they do best

Dominate the world
for the corporate elite
But now their cover’s blown
from their head down to their feet

And now the stars and stripes
is looking much more like a rag
The lid is off the box,
the cat’s out of the bag

Now it’s all out on the table
and everybody knows
The emperor is naked,
he’s not wearing any clothes



  1. Shannyn, I thank you for printing the lyrics.
    I wept when I listened to it… still shivering…

    There are too few songs like this and it needs wider distribution.

  2. I agree with FTD. Thank You

  3. thanks, shannyn!

  4. Thanks for posting this Shannyn. More people need to hear it. I wrote a similar song a few weeks ago. If you wouldn’t mind checking it out and posting it if you like it that would be awesome.

    Wikileaks Anthem – Official Music Video by Isaac Sloan

    Its an anthem for the defenders of truth and a soundtrack for freedom of speech! Its a wake up call to the masters of war and a bane in the side of corruption. The truth will always prevail. Creative Commons license so use it however you wish. Let freedom ring through this anthem! Please tell everyone about this wikileaks song!

    Its a protest song about wikileaks and the corrupt people trying to bring it down to hide their own criminal acts from the public eye. A song about what it means for freedom of speech, the press and the internet. A nation can’t consider its self democratic when all important issues are labeled as “Top Secret” and never released to the public. Brave men and women risk their lives to keep our country safe and are rewarded by being sent to die in childish squabbles over seas. Is this right?

    Bradley Manning released a video of apache helicopters gunning down civilians and laughing about it. It came to be know on the internet as “Collateral Murder”. What he did was was illegal and he’s paying the consequences for it. We should be asking ourselves why this video was marked top secret in the first place though. It didn’t contain information crucial for the security of our nation but rather just evidence of war crimes. Should information like that be hidden from the public? How can we be expected to vote if we don’t actually know what our government is doing? So lastly this is a song for Bradley Manning who lost the most for the truth!

    Isaac Sloan – Guitar, Piano, Organ, Lyrics and Vocals
    Edgar Campos – Bass and Lead Guitar
    Josh Kastleman – Drums


    There was a man who wrote the truth
    about governments and war
    But the truth exposed the liers
    for the criminals they were
    We should hunt him down and murder him
    Some like sarah palin swore

    Then the credit cards and paypal
    and webhosts joined the fight
    But they only cared for money
    Not free speech or peoples rights
    So they choose to please the powerful
    Instead of freedom, truth or light

    So come on anonymous
    bring down the walls
    When knowledge is free
    Humanity can stand tall

    Well they say that your a traitor
    But you are a hero to me
    You risked your life and liberty
    So the truth could be free
    I wish you luck bradley manning
    You were braver than me

    Brave men died for their country
    but the leaders didn’t care
    In their twisted lies and war games
    these deaths were more than fair
    now there’s a site call wikileaks
    That puts these secrets out to air


    With Julian Assange in jail
    some think the fight is lost
    But we won’t give up easily
    We want the truth at any cost
    Some scandals don’t just go away
    Dirty laundry can’t be tossed


    Please support Wikileaks by donating.
    Click here:

  5. Excellent song! Thank you Shannyn for sharing it.

    David Rovics also wrote a song about the Exxon Oil spill, called Cordova, shortly after his visit to Alaska. BTW he has over 240 songs freely available for download on his soundclick page: He gives them away freely to download but there is a donation button on his page if anyone else is moved enough to do so.

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