Quiet “Background” Musician for Summit Between Obama and Other World Leaders Instead Tells Them (For 45 Minutes): “Your Thievery Has Left the People None … We Occupy [Until] You Do the Bidding of the Many, Not the Few”

Popular Hawaiian musician Makana was invited to sing for President Obama, Chinese leader Hu Jintao of China, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and more than a dozen other heads of state as part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation gala in Hawaii.

Makana was only supposed to provide quiet Hawaiian background music.

Instead, he played – for 45 minutes straight – the “Occupy” song he had just written – “We Are the Many” – forcefully telling the 1% to their face that the 99% will keep protesting and occupying until we win:

Your thievery has left the people none … We occupy the streets. We occupy the courts. We occupy the offices of you, ’til you do the bidding of the many, not the few.

Please watch “We Are the Many”:

Here is some footage of Makana actually playing to the world leaders, and his “post-game” comments:

Makana’s musical action was assisted by the activist pranksters the Yes Men, who note:

The gala was the most secure event of the summit. It was held inside the Hale Koa hotel, a 72-acre facility owned and controlled by the US Defense Department; the site was fortified with an additional three miles of fencing constructed solely for the APEC summit.

As a songwriter myself (see this and this), I think I know good music when I hear it. With spot on lyrics (he gets it), and music which is young, fresh and energetic – yet faithfully follows the folk protest traditions of Pete Singer, Woody Gutherie, Bob Dylan and others – I believe this could the first real anthem of the Occupy movement.

Note: The lyrics – as quoted by ABC News and others – were incorrect.  I have updated the post to reflect the correct lyrics.

Big hat tip to Carl Herman.

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