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Risk Hope

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Kate Reid
06/14/2019
Kate Reid

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Risk Hope is the third song I composed for Out at School, an arts-based research project I'm involved with at OISE, University of Toronto. Out at School a multi-media verbatim monologue theatre production based on interviews conducted with LGBTQ+ families and youth about their experiences in Ontario public schools. You can find more about Out at School and the LGBTQ Families Speak Out project here: www.lgbtqfamiliesspeakout.ca 

Lyrics

Risk Hope - Kate Reid
June 2019

A poet in the 60’s used to sing, 
“the times they are a-changing”
Well, that’s still true today 

This old road is rapidly aging  
Because we are advocating for ourselves 
And for the ones that we love

Chorus: 
We believe taking action 
Is an enactment of hope
Of the way things ought to be
Making art makes a new world
Possibilities unfurl
In the space of a story 

Standing up can look a hundred different ways
Refusing to explain, changing our names
Finding labels to match how we feel

Resisting erasure is a statement
Insisting they listen to what we say about 
Who we are and what we desire

Chorus: 
We believe taking action 
Is an enactment of hope
Of the way things ought to be
Making art makes a new world
Possibilities unfurl
In the space of a story

Bridge:

These words, these colours, these songs
Embody our critical collective longing
This is an archive our lives
A queer refusal to not be silenced
And José Muñoz reminds us (space)
That we can go off script together
And, if we want to change the world
We must risk hope
We must risk hope 

A poet in the 60’s used to sing, 
“the times they are a-changing”
Well, that’s still true today 

This old road is rapidly aging  
Because we are advocating for ourselves 
And for the ones that we love

Chorus:
We believe taking action 
Is an enactment of hope
Of the way things ought to be
Making art makes a new world
Possibilities unfurl 
In the space of a story