Diablo Down

from Damn Fine Live vol 2 by Up in the Air

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Wrote this song during the 1984 actions at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. First played it at a rally and march of a thousand people in Feb of 1984. Have played it at the front gates a handful of times, as well as numerous environmental events in SLO County.

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Diablo Down
written by John Beccia

Thousands of people marchin'... marchin' along the beach
We've got to raise our voices for the things that we believe
We can't accept the risk of nuclear madness here in our town
Marchin' into the canyon.....got to tear Diablo down
Marchin' into the canyon..... got to tear Diablo down

Shoutin' the words of protest.....Singin' the songs of love
Hopin' to change this to somethin' that we're dreamin' of
We can't accept the danger of nuclear waste forever around
Marchin' into the canyon.....got to tear Diablo down
Marchin' into the canyon..... got to tear Diablo down

The greediness of the corporation
Killin' our earth and sellin' our souls
Two hundred-fifty-thousand years of radiation
Will take it's toll-oh-oh

Take it upon your shoulders.....Take it into your hands
We've got to take responsibility while we can
We can't accept the fate of radioactive poison around
Marchin' into the canyon.....got to tear Diablo down
Marchin' into the canyon..... got to tear Diablo down

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from Damn Fine Live vol 2, released April 1, 2012
dedicated to the Abalone Alliance , The Mothers for Peace, Cal Poly Concerned Faculty and Staff, Life on Planet Earth, Friends of the Fish and all the other involved affinity groups in the "81" and "84" protests.

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Up in the Air Santa Margarita, California

Up in the Air blends elements of structure and improvisation into musical styles as varied as folk, pop, dixieland, bluegrass, latin, and worldbeat. The result is a fresh and ultimately dancable musical experience with a conspicuously multi-cultural sound. Their original songs center on themes of social equity and justice, environmental consciousness, love, and respect for others. ... more

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