Under Our Skin

tune: "(I've Got You) Under My Skin"
by Nora Freeman, Raging Grannies WOWW, and Corinne Willinger, NYC Metro Raging Grannies

PCBs, you're under our skin.
Nuclear waste, you're deep in the hearts of us,
So deep in our hearts, you're really a part of us.
We've got you, under our skin.

Pesticides, you're in there too.
Genetically engineered food, what do we do with you?
Smog, dioxin, and diesel emissions too.
We've got you, inside our lungs.                                

Don't you know, my friends, we must stop this trend.
Our world is polluted,
It can't be disputed.
And we must spread the word,
And we can't be deterred by polluters,
Who must be defeated.
And we'll get them out of our skin.

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You can hear and see us sing the 2007 version of our Indian Point song with gaggles from New York City and Western Massachusetts at the 2007 Clearwater Festival at
Raging Grannies Go Rolling Along

The Marching Song of Raging Grannies WOWW
tune: "The Caissons Go Rolling Along"

Lyrics by Sunny Armer, Raging Grannies WOWW

We go here, we go there,
We go almost anywhere,
Raging Grannies go rolling along.

Some on foot, some in chairs,
Canes and walkers do their share,
Raging Grannies go rolling along.

Give us more access!
We can't stand for less.
Enforce the ADA is our song


Try to keep us out,
And you will hear us shout:
Raging Grannies keep rolling along!

You can see us sing Raging Grannies Go Rolling Along at
It's a Grand Old Tea Bag

Tune: "It's a Grand Old Flag"
Lyrics by Sunny Armer, Raging Grannies WOWW

It's a sad old flag,
And it looks like a rag
When the Tea Party waves it around.
"Take our country back"
Is their mad attack.
We're holding our flag upside down.

That means S.O.S.
For our nation's distress
When they say "Muslims have no rights."
They yell and shout, and some freak out.
We can argue, but be polite!

"Evolution's a joke,
Climate change is a hoax,"
Yell the folks who admire Glenn Beck.
"Health care benefits
Are for socialists,"
But they still want their Medicare checks.

Our president's birth
In Hawaii, on earth
Is a fact, but they don't agree.
Let's dump teabaggers overboard
And stand up for real liberty.

You can see us sing It's a Grand Old Tea Bag at

tune: "This Old Man"
Lyrics by Nora Freeman, Raging Grannies WOWW

Guns and bombs, nukes and tanks
Mean lots of money in the bank
For KBR and Boeing too
Who foots the bill?
It's me and you

Even if they replace tanks
Those for peace cannot give thanks
A company called ITT                        
Makes unmanned drones for you and me.

Every drone costs thirteen mil
SPOKEN SOLO: A "safer way" they say, to kill!
Americans, not in harm's way
But Pakistanis die each day.

Drones over Afghanistan
Kill many women, kids, and men
Controlled from half a world away
They stalk people at work and play.

Thirteen million dollars, wow!
We could use that dough right now
For teachers here and nurses there
And for green jobs everywhere.
Close Indian Point
Anti-Nuke Environmentalists

Tune: "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain"

Lyrics by Sunny Armer, Raging Grannies WOWW,
Inspired by "Radical Environmentalists" by Kay Thode of the Seattle Raging Grannies
This version will be sung at the Clearwater Festival June 18, 2011.

Indian Point's a nuclear plant near here
That makes fifty  tons of spent fuel every year.
Entergy can swear on Bibles
That it's "safe, secure, and vital"
But we're sure not gonna swallow what we hear.

If Entergy keeps spinning what it's spun,
And their fight for relicensing is won,
Twenty million on the roads
Will flee from their doomed abodes,
A fifty-mi-ile race they'll have to run.

A terrorist could hit it with a bomb.
The earthquake in Japan gave us some qualms.
Where will we find the answer
To protecting folks from cancer,
Who haven't yet been blown to Kingdom Come?

Bring us solar, bring us hydro, bring us wind.
Bring us energy from sources that won't end.
Before we could trust uranium,
We'd need holes in our cranium.
We haven't yet gone that far 'round the bend!

Raging Grannies WOWW
Gaggle of Grannies Protests Indian Point

tune: "Side by Side"
Adapted by Sunny Armer, Raging Grannies WOWW,
from anti-war song by Esther Farnsworth,
Vermont Raging Grannies

Oh, we are a gaggle of grannies
Urging you off of your fannies.
Indian Point
Is a dangerous joint.
Shut it down!

With all that Entergy's spending
To keep their license from ending.
You'd think they'd go broke,
With mirrors and smoke.
Shut it down!

The NRC approves them,
They tell us so cleverly.
The NRC is a lapdog
To the nuclear industry.

So, we may be a gaggle of grannies,
But we've gotten off of our fannies.
Stop Entergy's spin!
If they lose we win!
Shut it down!
Don't Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella

Tune: "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella ( On a Rainy Day )"
Lyrics by Sunny Armer, Raging Grannies WOWW, with scientific advisories from Lindsay Audin

Don't let a smile be your umbrella on a sunny, sunny day.
Because you may get melanoma till the ozone layer's okay.
A parasol is your best line of defense.
We all stopped using hairspray but the danger's immense
Pour on your sunscreen, wear a broad hat on a sunny, sunny    day.

Don't breathe in "fresh" air 'cause there is none on a  breezy, breezy day.
Don't let your lungs fill with pollutants, or with asthma you will pay.
Emissions from big cars can make us all choke.
And coal that's "clean" is just a myth, it's mirrors and smoke.
So stay indoors and use air filters on a breezy, breezy day.

Go out and buy a strong umbrella for a hurricane-y day.
While climate change keeps changing weather, greenhouse gases have their way.
And while the U-S-A hid NASA's reports,
Wind-surfing through a hurricane became a hot sport.
Let's stop our polar caps from melting on these sunny, sunny days.
It's inconvenient--
Shrink carbon footprints right away!
How Will You Leave Town?

tune:        The Farmer in the Dell
lyrics by Sunny Armer, Raging Grannies WOWW

How will you leave town
If Indian Point melts down?
Hi-ho, if that place blows,
We'll wind up underground.

Imagine crowded roads
When you leave your abodes.
Hi-ho, this plant must go
Before the thing explodes.

Shut Down Indian Point!
tune: "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"

Adapted from "Cleanup Hanford" by Kay Thode of the Seattle Raging Grannies by Sunny Armer, Raging Grannies WOWW

Oh, Entergy says not to worry.
'Cause earthquakes can't happen here, no.
But under the Indian Point plant
Lurks the fault zone that's called Ramapo.

Before a quake there could be terrorists.
They know there's a big target here.
We must stop the push to relicense!
We cannot wait even one year!

    Shut it down! Shut it down!
    Indian Point is unsafe, we know!
    Shut it down! Shut it down!
    Indian Point has to go!

Look at routes for evacuation
If Indian Point should melt down.
Go test-drive those roads for escapin'
And learn you can't get out of town.

Oh, NRC, rule as you ought to!
You know you should issue a ban
To save New York State from such horrors
As the tragic events in Japan.

    Shut it down! Shut it down!
    Indian Point is unsafe, we know!
    Shut it down! Shut it down!
    Indian Point has to go!

Notes: The NRC is a federal agency which regulates nuclear power. The Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant is owned by a company called Entergy.

There Is a New Law in Our State

Tune: "There is a Tavern in the Town"
lyrics by Raging Grannies of Western Massachusetts, rev. Sunny Armer and Susan Lee, NYC Metro Raging Grannies

There is a new law in our state
That combats attitudes of hate
By giving gays and lesbians their due,
Transgender folks and bi folks, too!


We all celebrate a ruling which says there should
   be no fooling
Over who can marry whom in all of New

Though other states deny our rights,
There will be challenges and fights,
Then for justice and our dignity we'll sue,
And marriage rights for me and you.


Fools say gay marriage is a threat.
They're out of touch as one can get
We hope the whole wide world will come to see
The choice to marry should be free!

We updated this song to commemorate fact that marriage equality is the law in New York State as of June 24, 2011. We sang it at the Pride March two days after the law passed.