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Revisionist History

by Christopher Ryan

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This song is off brand for me in both subject matter and musical style. As I write this, the United States contains around 4% of the world population and more than 20% of the worlds COVID-19 cases. Heres a few thoughts on the issue.


Revisionist History, America, 2020

When facts challenge our beliefs
In culture we create a new reality
That is what we call revisionist history

It happened with slavery, the bomb and Vietnam
Someone willing to spin what should never be spun
Now I’m being asked to deny
What I saw happen with my own two eyes
By politicians who lie to keep power on their side
While we watched all our friends and our family die
Politicians, they lie
The people, they die
Vultures circle greedily
To distract from this reality, because

Revising history is easier to swallow
Than this reality where the suffering is hollow

Now the people are dead and politicians take advantage
While our debts in the red and its not being managed
For the greater good of all
When asked the hard questions we comfortably stall
Tune out the facts, tune in online
Seldom engage the individual mind
While the news is presented like a movie
With images meant to hit emotionally
So stop
Take a moment to let the fog clear
Don’t make a single decision based on your fear
I know this isn’t something that your wanting to hear
But when the truth hits hard I’ve got to speak clear
In the land of the free we stall comfortably
Because the blood in the streets has not flowed past we
The white, the rural, the suburban
As if the deaths don’t count when the bodies are urban
But this is wrong
You’ve got to see this is wrong
Over 200,000 are dead
In part due to lies and pride
And if you think you’ve got your facts correct
Just tell me one redeeming thing about the other side
Cause this is not about making you comfortable
Sometimes the truth can make us uncomfortable
Sometimes life can be uncomfortable
Because history is full of uncomfortable
Thats why

Revising history is easier to swallow
Than this reality where the deaths are hollow
And avoidable

Revisionist history, America, 2020


released October 23, 2020
Lyrics and Music by Christopher Ryan


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Christopher Ryan Denver, Colorado

Christopher Ryan is a modern folk poet. As a multi-instrumentalist he creates unique soundscapes. He pairs the backwoods infused sound of his three string cigar box guitar with the driving rhythm of a kick drum. He croons out ballads accompanied by his six string guitar and a nightingale like whistle. The lyrics and the performance of his songs contain an authenticity that demands to be heard. ... more

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