WE BIRTH THE NATION:

A "MY SHOT" PARODY

We Birth The Nation: A "MY SHOT" Parody is a music video I wrote, produced, and performed in.  It was my response to the election...an all-female unity project.  It was an incredible, healing experience coming together with my fellow tribe-artists who felt the same as I did, and creating a fun, relatable video to inspire hope, strength, and even laughter.  [You can read about how I came up with the idea on my "News" blog page.]

Many people online have asked me for the Full Lyrics, and so here they are!

 

Enjoy...and thank you Lin-Manuel Miranda for writing such a powerful song/musical.  This parody obviously would not exist without his creative genius in the first place. #HamiltonLove #WeBirthTheNation #RisingOvaries

We Birth The Nation: A "My Shot" Parody

FOR THE CHILD-FRIENDLY VERSION:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXk8FCBQ1FI

TO POST VIDEO ON FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/erinmayamusic/videos/1455258247847838/

Music and Original Lyrics Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Arrangements by Alex LaCamoire
Video Concept and Parody Lyrics by Erin Maya (www.erinmaya.com)
Additional Lyrics by Zeniba Britt, Riley Thomas, Jen Anaya
Directed by Ambe J. Williams and Riley Thomas
Cinematography by Ambe J Photography
Video Editing by Riley Thomas

CAST:
Future President - Jen Anaya
Hillary Clinton - Gretchen Wylder
Melania Trump - Megan Alicia
Elizabeth Warren - Erin Maya
Michelle Obama - Zeniba Britt

FULL LYRICS

 

YOUNG WOMAN:
I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Hey yo, I'm just like my country
I'm young, scrappy, and hungry
And I'm not throwing away my shot

I'mma get scholarship to Queen's College
I probably shouldn't brag, but dag, I amaze and astonish
The problem is I got a lot of brains and nail polish
I gotta holler just to be heard
With every word I drop knowledge

I'm a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal
Tryin' to reach my goal, my power of speech: unimpeachable
Only nineteen, but my mind is older
These New York City streets getting colder, I shoulder
Ev'ry burden, ev'ry disadvantage
I have learned to manage, No trust fund to brandish
I walk these streets famished
The plan is to fan this spark into a flame
But damn, it's getting dark, so let me spell out my aim
I am the—

F-U-T-U-RE-P...RE-SI-DENT

 

This country that runs oligarchically

Meanwhile Trump keeps tweetin’ in the dark ya see

He’ll guarantee he’ll fix this economy

But-it’s-hard-to-separate Fact and Fantasy

He ain’t never gonna look out for you and me

But there will be a revolution in this century..

 

HILLARY CLINTON:

Enter me!

 

YOUNG WOMAN: Sad face emoji…

 

HILLARY:
We were shocked I was knocked from the Presidency,

We got screwed 'cause it's skewed electorally,

It’s done for me, it’s time for a progeny… 

 

HILLARY and YOUNG WOMAN:
I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Hey yo, we’re more than half the country
So throw some respect on me
And I'm not throwing away my shot

HILLARY, YOUNG WOMAN, MICHELLE, ELIZABETH, MELANIA:
I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Hey yo, we’re more than half the country
So throw some respect on me
And I'm not throwing away my shot

It’s time to take a shot!

MELANIA TRUMP:
I dream of life without the patriarchy
The disrespect we face, it is mossiginy
"Mossiginy?" How you say, how you s--

MICHELLE OBAMA: (deadpan): Misogyny.

MELANIA TRUMP:
I do what I want with my body, don't be mad at me with my...


HILLARY, MICHELLE, ELIZABETH WARREN, MELANIA, YOUNG WOMAN:
Shot!

ELIZABETH WARREN:
Yo, He was on The Apprentice
And why did no one listen when I tried to prevent this?
I ran for the Senate cuz I saw my chance
To help us all advance, and now I’m “wearin’ the pants”
We gotta take a..

HILLARY, ELIZABETH, MICHELLE, MELANIA, YOUNG WOMAN:
Shot!

MICHELLE OBAMA:
Eh, but we'll never be truly free
Until those oppressed have the same rights as you and me
Make the choice, raise your voice, wait till I sally in on a stallion
After slayin' on Jimmy Fallion

Have another..

HILLARY, ELIZABETH, MICHELLE, MELANIA YOUNG WOMAN:

Shot!
 

MELANIA TRUMP:
Ženské [Ladies],  lower your voices
You keep out of trouble, and you double your choices
I'm with you, but the situation is fraught
Women are repeatedly taught:
If you talk, you're gonna get fought!...

ELIZABETH WARREN:
So look what we got

The propriety high-male society sought

To keep us in our lot

Repubs or Democrats

We gotta stick together and whether we like it or not

What are the odds the gods would put us all in one spot

Poppin’ a squat on this sexism and these cards that we got

A buncha revolutionary feminision abolitionists

Take up a position, you know where the ammunition is! 


ALL WOMEN:
Oh, am I talkin' too loud?
Sometimes I get over excited, shoot off at the mouth
FUCK THAT- I'm gonna speak my mind
I promise that I'll make y'all proud.

ELIZABETH WARREN: 

THIS IS THE TIME TO BE LOUD!

ALL WOMEN:
I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Hey yo, we’re more than half the country
So throw some respect on me
And I'm not throwing away my shot

I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Hey yo, we’re more than half the country
So throw some respect on me
And I'm not throwing away my shot

MICHELLE OBAMA leads [with ALL in background]:
Everybody sing
Woah-woah, wo-oh-oh
Hey
Wo-oh-oh
Wooh!!
Wo-oh-oh 
Sing let 'em hear ya (Yeah)

Woah-woah, wo-oh-oh
Shout CHI-Town
Wo-oh-oh
BaRRRRACK
Wo-oh-oh
BaRRRRRRRRRRRRRACK
(Yeah)


MICHELLE OBAMA:
Rise up
When you're cut off at the knees, you rise up
Tell your brother that he's got to rise up
Tell your sister that she's got to rise up

MICHELLE OBAMA, ELIZABETH WARREN & ALL
When are these GOPS gonna rise up
(Whoa, woah)
When are these DNCS gonna rise up (Woah)
When are these ovaries gonna rise up (Woah)
When are these ovaries gonna rise up (Woah)
Rise up

HILLARY CLINTON:
Now our nation’s livin’ in a state of who’s-the-enemy
What-happened to empathy?
Pointin’ fingers, building walls of heresy
If the constitution says all men created equally

What happens to the women in the story?

Now we gotta wait till 2020,

Hurtin'-people still only care 'bout money

Ask anybody why they voted for that crass ass, reachin' for a flask

We have to not repeat our past, that's plenty

MICHELLE OBAMA:

Scratch that
This is not a moment, it's the movement
Where all the hungriest brothers with something to prove went
PRISON – MObama intersect ya feminism
Ehhhh---Now watch me Shirley Chisolm

And? When we win our independency?
The tendency (13th), how tricky those amendments be
Male vengeance, See channel transcendency
Cause checks and balances require mad attendency

The foreign and domestic footage is frightenin’
But Jesus, between all the tweetin' 'n fightin'
I've been readin' 'n writin'
We need to handle our financial situation

Equal pay, I’m talkin’ reparation

Ladies, we birth the nation!

 

 

ELIZABETH WARREN:

I'm past patiently waitin'! I'm passionately smashin' every expectation
Every action's an act of creation
Laughin' in the face of disappointment n’ sorrow
And every time, we’re thinkin' past tomorrow

ALL WOMEN:
And I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Hey yo, we’re more than half the country
So throw some respect on me
And I'm not throwing away my shot

MICHELLE, HILLARY (and ALL):
We gonna rise up; time to take a shot
(Not thrown’ away my shot)
We gonna rise up; time to take a shot
(Not throwin’ away my shot)

We gonna (rise up, rise up)


HILLARY and MICHELLE:
It’s time to take a shot


HILLARY, MICHELLE, WARREN and (ALL):
(Rise up, rise up)
It’s time to take a shot (rise up, rise up)
(Wo-oah) Time to take a shot (rise up)
Take a shot (Oh-Oh, oh)
It's time to take a shot (Woah, oh-oh oh)
Time to take a shot (Woah-oh)

 

And I am not throwing away my

Not throwing away my shot!