“I’m going to spend the next four years getting outraged”.

The Sand in The Gears by Frank Turner

Since the U.S. Election in November I have been absolutely outraged. It breaks my heart to see where the country is headed. I’m a very liberal, young feminist. To witness how politicians treat fellow humans makes me sick to my stomach. Most days I block it out, sign off of Facebook, change the channel, but some things that will impact me I cannot stay ignorant to. 

I found comfort in The Sand in The Gears. I found solace in a place where I felt terrified. I found the words that fit my emotions. 

“Can’t I just spend the next four years getting wasted? Maybe if I drink enough whisky shots I can face it.                      Because if we’re welcoming in World War Three, then I’m waving goodbye to my sobriety. I’m going to spend the next four years getting wasted. 

What do we do if they don’t represent us?What do we do, do, do? I thought that we were winning the war against the homophobes and the racists. You can’t be serious man, we can’t be this fucked.      Well I’m sorry, old friends, I guess it’s time to suck it up.                                                  Don’t go giving up now, here’s what we do:

We can’t just spend the next four years in a safe space. I’m going to spend the next four years getting outraged. So every single day let’s find a brand new way to let the motherfuckers know that we can’t be swept away. I’m going to spend the next four years on the barricades

A change is going to come, and there’s nothing to be done. A change is going to come, come, come: the only thing to choose is to decide which way you’re going to jump. So don’t give into the hatred; don’t give into the fear. Pour yourself a shot of anger to go with your beer”. 

These lyrics hit me hard. For once, I felt like someone describe the fear and anger I’ve been feeling. Frank Turner isn’t even from America, but as a senseable, rational human being he understands. 

Lastly, I would like to end this post on a lighter note. The beginning of May I went to a screening in Boston of Frank Turner’s documentary with a Q&A with Frank himself. My heart is so happy. 

Ben Morse and Frank Turner at the screening of Get Better. 

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