Not So Silent – lyrics

[Download the lyrics and chords for this song here]

For the sisters who are stolen
And the missing person files
The stories unreported
That never go to trial
For the names that are ignored
By a country in denial

We are louder
We are louder than them

For the daughters who have disappeared
When they stood to disobey
When a life that’s lived in freedom
Is a threat to some old way
Sentences cut short
When there is so much more to say

We are louder
We are louder than them

We will not be silent
We will not be shamed
We will not sit still and bend our will
In honour’s name
We don’t come for permission
There are no warning shots
We are the voices that call out
For those who cannot

Neighbours warn don’t walk alone
Down streets we thought we knew
Suddenly we’re reckless
And the consequences due
To the men who “just can’t help themselves”
And the courts who wave them through

We are louder
We are louder than them

To the officer who looked at her
And said she was to blame
The woman charged in self-defence
When the judge denied her claim
The history that haunts us
And fear that never goes away

We are louder
We are louder than them

There are no isolated incidents
We are not isolated innocents
It’s more than just coincidence
And we are louder

It’s urgency that drives us
And mercy that survives us
It’s her and him and I and us
And we are louder
We are louder than them

We are louder
We are louder than them

So let’s choose change to counter danger
Love the company we keep
Rise to those who challenge us
Who dare to call us weak
When “equality” has fallen from
The language that they speak

We are louder
We are louder than them