Peter, Paul And Mary - Have You Been To Jail For Justice? Lyrics




Was it Cesar Chavez or Rosa Parks that day?
Some say Dr. King or Ghandi
Set them on their way
No matter who your mentors are
It's pretty plain to see
That if you've been to jail for justice
You're in good company

Have you been to jail for justice?
I want to shake your hand
'Cause sitting in and laying down
Are ways to take a stand
Have you sung a song for freedom
Or marched that picket line?
Have you been to jail for justice?
Then you're a friend of mine

You law abiding citizens
Come listen to this song
Laws are made by people
And people can be wrong
Once unions were against the law
But slavery was fine
Women were denied the vote
While children worked the mine
The more you study history
The less you can deny it
A rotten law stays on the books
'til folks with guts defy it!

Have you been to jail for justice?
I want to shake your hand
'Cause sitting in and laying down
Are ways to take a stand
Have you sung a song for freedom
Or marched that picket line?
Have you been to jail for justice?
Then you're a friend of mine

Well the law is supposed to serve us
And so are the police
When the system fails
It's up to us to speak our piece
We must be ever vigilant
For justice to prevail
So get courage from your convictions
Let 'em haul you off to jail!

Have you been to jail for justice?
I want to shake your hand
'Cause sitting in and laying down
Are ways to take a stand
Have you sung a song for freedom
Or marched that picket line?
Have you been to jail for justice?
Then you're a friend of mine
Have you been to jail for justice
Have you been to jail for justice
Have you been to jail for justice
Then you're a friend of mine





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  1. vlrolas

    Great song. Never heard of you before. Im 37 y/o. Saw you both gentleman today 3.01.19 at Thousand Oaks Civics Arts. Great show. Your are also funny and entertaining. I'm glad I got to see you. This type of music should never die.

  2. Robin Bernice

    Just as appropriate as it was in the 70's!!!!!!

  3. WJack97224

    One of my all time favorites. Political government is a crime against humanity as evidenced by the slaughters of wars and the economic destruction of recessions and The Great Depression. Organizational government based on voluntary contracts and privatization of government services such as education, police, fire et.al., removes the dictatorial tyranny of politicians. The horrible disasters are provoked or induced or created by government/politician interventions. Politics is violence; it is aggression.

  4. Gino Ate The Beans

    Great Tavis Smiley interview and performance!