How can I tell you I hear the way you are

How can I tell you I hear the way you are

How can I tell you I hear the way you are

Days go dark the nights are drawn

How can I tell you I hear the way you are

Days don’t end the nights are long

Days don’t end the nights are long

 

Just take it

Just take it like you’re strong

You’re just the latest in the long list of lost loves (loves)

Just leave it

We all left where we are from

We’re just the latest in the longest rank and file that’s ever to exist

In the history of the protest song

 

How can I tell you I hear the way you are

How can I tell you I hear the way you are

How can I tell you I hear the way you are

Days go dark the nights are drawn

How can I tell you I hear the way you are

Days don’t end the nights are long

Days go dark the nights are drawn

Days go dark the nights are drawn

 

Just take it

We all left where we are from

You’re just the latest in the long list of lost loves (loves)

We’re just the latest in the longest rank and file that’s ever to exist

In the history of the protest song

 

It is whatever it is

And you are wherever you are

 

How can I tell you I hear the way you are

How can I tell you I hear the way you are

How can I tell you I hear the way you are

Days go dark the nights are drawn

How can I tell you I hear the way you are

Days don’t end the nights are long

 

How can I tell you I hear the way you are

Days go dark the nights are drawn

How can I tell you I hear the way you are

Days don’t end the nights are long

Days don’t end the nights are long

Days go dark the nights are drawn

Days go dark the nights are drawn

 

We’re just the latest on the longest rank and file that’s ever to exist

In the history of longest rank and file that’s ever to exist

In the history of longest rank and file that’s ever to exist

In the history of the protest song

 

Songwriters: Charles Ivan Spearin / Kevin Drew / Brendan Canning / Emily Haines / Andrew Whiteman / Justin Peroff

Protest Song lyrics © BMG Rights Management US, LLC

Why this song?

Protest Song mixes personal and political, as does much of the music from the Canadian band, Broken Social Scene. As band member Kevin Drew says: “Looking at the general state of the world right now, we knew that putting our unified friendship out there was a great protest that we could do,”

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