Stonewall Was a Riot
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It wasn't the Stonewall focus group
or the Stonewall business case
It wasn't the Stonewall let's-present-
our-most-acceptable-face

Long years of asking nicely had not
got us anywhere
Our rulers did not hear us when
we whispered: it's not fair

So when re-writers try to say
we won by being quiet
Remind them of our history -
that Stonewall was a riot

It wasn't the Christopher Street parade
or carnival with floats
No candidates turned up and smiled
to win themselves some votes

It wasn't the Stonewall letter or
the Stonewall resolution
It fought all night to light the dawn
of the gay rights revolution

When glossies feed you tales that serve
a bland and spiceless diet
Remind them of our history -
that Stonewall was a riot

Starbuck's did not sponsor it
nor Barclays Bank nor Nike
It wasn't led by lobbyists
but drag queens, fags and dykes

The advertisers did not book
a rainbow centre spread
And coppers did not dance with queers
but beat them till they bled

When corporations claim our cause
then comrades - do not buy it!
Remind them of our history - 
that Stonewall was a riot

Now, every tactic, loud or quiet
is welcome on our stall
But unless we'd had the Stonewall riot
we'd have no Pride at all