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The lyric song writing backstories for these 3 songs were created from my personal experiences and activism involvement. These are also examples of the  things that go on around us on a daily basis that we can draw content from to write songs. 

For Those Who Answer The Call (Video)

You can see it in their eyes

That honest sense of pride

If you ask anyone of them

They would do it all over again


(Chorus)

For those who answer the call

The ones that give their all and all

That makes our country proud and strong

Don’t forget them when they come home


The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines

Protect us from sea to shining sea

They deserve dignity and respect

No matter what their branch of service


We could never know

What they had to go thru

Doing all of the things

That keeps us safe and free


Repeat Chorus


Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

They have fought and will die for this

Every time we look a veteran in the face

We need to send up a prayer of thanks


(Bridge)

For all of the fallen ones

We honor each and every soul

You who paid the ultimate sacrifice

For every star and stripe


Repeat Chorus


© 2011 Rodney L. Washington 


Description:  This song was inspired by my military service. In it I salute all those who have served in any branch during war or peace time. Please consider the song a "National Anthem" for those who have served or who are currently serving our country. The backstory of this patriotic song is listed under the "Music Producer" section of this website. If you scroll down below the music video for the song, you'll get the details of how the lyric songwriting story line and music production were developed.


Click Here to read the entire backstory for "For Those Who Answer The Call"



Drip, Drop, Tic, Toc (Tock)

Drip, drop, tic, toc 

Drip, drop, tic, toc

Fresh clean drinking water is life

Remove the lead leaching pipes


This is the voice of operation resistance

Not a question and answering session

Why are you trying to hide behind all of those  lies

The ones destroying our children's lives


Milwaukee is trying to re brand itself the Fresh Coast

Come have fun in between the east and west coast 

But the world needs to know its dirty little secret

Its drinking water is poisoning black, brown, and poor people


Drip, drop, tic, toc

Drip, drop, tic, toc

Fresh clean drinking water is life

Remove the lead leaching pipes


Let it be know the research is done

The maps and academic studies show

Without fresh clean drinking water

Everything else is pre - meditated murder


City Hall keeps talking about the lead paint

That it got money from HUD to abate

No one has asked where the millions went 

While the mayor use the false narrative to deflect


Drip, drop, tic, toc

Drip, drop, tic, toc

Fresh clean water is life

Remove the lead leaching pipes


A minority common council doing the mayor's bidding

While walking around acting self - righteous and saddity

Bureaucrats are resigning and jumping ship left and right

Because their conscience can't stand seeing the injustice


In every glass of water our children drink

Somewhere between the faucet and sink

City leaders know water and lead don't mix

Drinking it only brings misery and death


Drip, drop, tic, toc

Drip, drop, tic, toc

Fresh clean water is life

Remove the lead leaching pipes


It is time we all say it loud 

From the North, East, West, and South

Those we trust already know about this

Something we can't afford to dismiss


This is called a national health crisis

The lead leaching pipes are killing us

Drip, drop, tic, toc

Drip, drop, tic, toc


 ©2018  Rodney L. Washington


Description:  The inspiration for the lyrics and music  production for this protest song came from my involvement as a Board Member of the Freshwater For Life Action Coalition (FLAC ). Our political advocacy group disseminates information to the citizens of Milwaukee, WI about lead contaminated drinking water. From our national affiliations and media coverage we are raising awareness of this health crisis throughout the United States. We would hope this song becomes the "Rally Cry/Anthem" for those advocating for the removal of lead leaching water pipes in their communities. 




Every One Should Color (Video)

(Chorus)

Every one should color

Every one should play

That's the only way

The sun shines every day


Every time I open my coloring book

I pick up my crayons and smile

Always neat and taking my time

I color inside the lines


Repeat Chorus


Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at five

And there's always time to go outside

But I'm always thinking about color time

Where all the pictures come alive


Just laughing and having fun 

The rainbow comes from the sun

Then when it's all said and done

I see what makes the world go round


Repeat Chorus


No matter how old I get

On  one thing you can bet

I will always have my coloring book

Where I can go and be free


Even when I go to sleep

In every one of my dreams

There's a smile on my face

And I see myself coloring


Repeat Chorus


 ©2009  Rodney L. Washington


Description: This song is dedicated to my cousin Nadia Brown who is being taught the true meaning of the words. Being a bi-racial child, Nadia is fully exposed to both of her racial ethnic cultures. This gives her a truer understanding of her heritage and that love comes in all colors. Somewhere I read that if adults would color their entire life, they could stay in touch with their inner child.  Observation, reflection, and simplicity were the key ingredients in developing the lyric songwriting story line and music production for "Everyone Should Color".