Athenae’s election day soundtrack:

1. Dar Williams “Are You Out There”:

And what’s the future, who will choose it?

Politics of love and music

Underdogs who turn the tables

Indie versus major labels

2. Leonard Cohen “Democracy”:

From the wells of disappointment

where the women kneel to pray

for the grace of God in the desert here

and the desert far away:

Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

3. Pink Floyd “On The Turning Away”:

On the wings of the night

As the daytime is stirring

Where the speechless unite

In a silent accord

4. Patti Smith “People Have The Power”:

The power to dream / to rule

to wrestle the world from fools

it’s decreed the people rule

it’s decreed the people rule


5. Carly Simon “Let The River Run”:

Silver cities rise

the morning lights the streets that lead them

and sirens call them on

with a song

6. Karan Casey “Ballad of Accounting”:

Did you kiss the foot that kicked you?

Did you thank them for their scorn?

Did you ask for their forgiveness

For the act of being born?

7. Tyrone Wells “When All Is Said And Done”:

When I’m coming home

And I walk across the bridge of death alone

I will fix my eyes

On the one who’s waiting at the other side

My old friend with countless others there beside

When I’m coming home

And for the U2 fan in all of Kerry Nation:

8. U2 “One”:

One love One blood One life

You got to do what you should

One life with each other

Sisters brothers

One life but we’re not the same

We get to carry each other

Carry each other