Songs for Social Change

by Aliza Hava

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Songs for Social Change is a thought-provoking collection of singles and early recordings featuring the rock anthems Water to Fire (a song for Standing Rock) and RISE, a song reminiscent of the protest music of the 60s. Other songs include the raw and emotional Discover Grace, an ode to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and "I Vote!" - a soulful collaboration between Hava and NYC based hip-hop artist Spiritchild.

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released June 13, 2017

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Aliza Hava Santa Cruz, California

Aliza Hava is an award-winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose powerful voice and driving rhythms create a sound that is at once both rootsy and etheric. Influenced by the blues, classic rock, alt. rock, R&B and folk, she creates a soulful fusion of thoughtful lyrics combined with an inspirational and emotional appeal. ... more

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Track Name: Water to Fire
Water to Fire

Mother was kind
She gave the world to us
Fed us her milk and
Gave us her trust
We tore her skin
And bled her with desire
Broken within we turned
Water to Fire

We took her land and
Cut down her trees
Poisoned the water
And spread our disease
Through it all
She begged us to retire
Her voice unheard turned
Water to Fire

How long will this go on?
It's been far too long
How long until we see
We create our destiny...

We stand in time
With a choice to make
No turning back
No room for more mistakes
We heard the call
It's our time to rise
See the truth
Wipe the lies from our eyes

To all the sons and daughters
Let's turn our fire back into water

Water to Fire
Track Name: RISE
RISE

My brother’s been shot down
My sister’s been battered and used
My child has been handed a gun
Mother’s been raped and abused

We will Rise, now, stand upright
We will burn like candles in the night
We will learn to sing, not to fight
Unless it’s for our freedom right
We will hold each other’s hands
Try hard to understand
Liberty is our demand
We are one people, one land

Some live a life of illusion
Not knowing of another solution
As we breathe in the deadly pollution
You know it’s a shame

We will Rise and stand upright
We will burn like candles in the night
We will learn to sing, not to fight
Unless it’s for our freedom right
We will hold each other’s hands
Try hard to understand
Liberty is our demand
We are one people
One land
Track Name: Discover Grace
Discover Grace

I saw you standing by the road
You looked so sad and alone

So I took your hand
Lifted up your face
Saw your beautiful eyes
And discovered grace

Discover
Discover Grace

You put a penny in the palm of her hand
What will a penny do to help this woman
I see how you've been playing a role
In healing the heart of this wounded soul

Discover
Discover Grace

I don't know all the answers
I don't know all the ways
But I know in my heart
These are desperate days
Walking through this life
I have made my mistakes
But I know
Those were the choices I made

Those were my choices
I have yet to learn
To dispel the voices
With the power to discern

Discover
Discover Grace

You said you'd call me, call me
To let me know how you've been
But you don't owe me, owe me
You don't owe me anything

Discover
Discover Grace
Track Name: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King was a preacher man
He fought the system and the Ku Klux Klan
Served his time down in Birmingham
Fighting all his life, he never raised a hand
August 28th, 1963
He said, “I have a dream” for equality
For brotherhood and justice for you and me
This ain’t a Jim Crow society
The Civil Rights movement was a time of revolution
Open up our minds to conscious evolution
So we can pave a way to a common solution

Dr. Martin Luther King
had a dream

Dr. King lived a life of meaning
He wanted to prove he wasn’t only dreaming
He’d come for those who’d gone astray
To teach that there’s a better way
He said, “Let the Golden Rule be the rule of thumb”
To love each other, everyone
So we can win the war on hate
Before we find that it’s too late

Dr. Martin Luther King
had a dream

He said, “Unity is the great need of the hour”
So when we come together we will surely have the power

There’s a long road ahead
we’ve got work to do
For all oppressed people, Muslim or Jew
Rich, poor, black or white
We need to walk a path to light
Coretta Scott King was his foundation
A loving wife who helped her man rock a nation
So we sing in celebration

Dr. Martin Luther King
had a dream

He came to heal the world
Track Name: Julia (LIVE)
Julia

Like an angel she rides
With the sun in her eyes
She's the sword
Seize the prize
Julia
She stands like a tree
While her soul dances free
She's walking with me
Julia
And when the devil comes to take me
In the darkness of the night
Sister comes to save me
Fire giving light
And when illusions try to shake me
They'll find a fight

Julia
From where have you come?
Julia
The realm of the sun
Julia
You're here to inspire
Julia
Justice and fire

Naked in her dreams
Spent beyond her means
She's throwing down her Queens
Julia
Enraged at the system
She calls their contradictions
With conviction
Conviction
Julia
And when the sadness overwhelms me
I'm taken by despair
Sister comes to save me
With tender loving care
And she wouldn't try to change me
She'd never dare

Julia
From where have you come?
Julia
The realm of the sun
Julia
You're here to inspire
Julia
Justice and fire
Track Name: I Vote! (ft. Spiritchild)
I Vote! (feat. Spiritchild)

Down in Washington DC I ask,
“What can my country do for me?”
Greed, war, poverty
Somebody tell me, how can this be?
This goes out to the people of the nation
Go on and get yourself to voter registration
Cause it’s time for some new legislation

I vote cause I know I can change things
With the tip of my finger…

What’s the use?
Show me some proof
What’s to be of me and mines if I get in this booth
Good question for the ever rising youth
Show me a politician who’s been telling me the truth
So if you’ve got that feeling, rise up and give it
Knowledge is power to the people, no limits
Take no givens, expose lies hidden
Turn off your tell-lie-vision
And make it a good decision, Go!

When the world spins out of control
I think it’s time to step up to the poll
Ain’t only one way to make a choice
Stand up and use my voice

I’m gonna call the Congress all the time
Tell ‘em what’s on my mind
In the Senate and the House
I want a leader, not a louse
Call me crazy, but it’s true
It’s up to me and you
So, pick up the phone, dial it in
Your favorite number
GOVERNMENT

I Vote cause I know I can change things
With the tip of my finger…

I got this feeling something can change
But if I do nothing then things remain same
So I stimulate the brain on what they gots to say
And read between the lines to figure the best way
Choose your side if your gonna ride, make your claim
Take nothing short of the truth, state your name
For the record so they know you came
Remind ‘em who you are strong, you possess no shame

I Vote cause I know I can change things
With the tip of my finger…

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