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NOT DEAD YET ANTHEM / 27 June 2014

'Do not resuscitate' the sign
that sits above our bed
tells all those hard professionals
that we’d be better dead

Though 'mercy killing' is the term
to soften this cruel law
it takes away our right to choose
our voices heard no more

Chorus:
But we're not dead yet
despite what they all say
no we're not dead yet
and we’re not going to go away!

They see us as a burden
dependent and so needy
consuming their resources
always taking, always greedy

So even when there’s treatment
that other folk may get
our impairments cloud their judgement
and their minds are fully set

Chorus:
But we're not dead yet
despite what they all say
no we're not dead yet
and we’re not going to go away!

So when you think of killing us
just pause and make a list
of all the famous crips there’ve been
the world would then have missed

We’re all creative, clever
though in different quirky ways
So stop your trying to kill us
Let us all live out our days

Chorus:
‘Cause we're not dead yet
despite what they all say
no we're not dead yet
and we’re not going to go away!

(Optional) Yes we're not dead yet
though we hear the medics scoff
no we're not dead yet
so they can all ... FUCK OFF!

Anthem created by Dave Lupton aka Crippen in collaboration with Liz Carr, music and song by Simon (Woody) Wood – 23rd June 2014 All Rights Reserved

Keywords: assisted suicide,disabled peoples protest,music

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