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So stretch your mind perceive reality 
and tell us what will be is what will be
In our post union sad society
with all its rancid growing poverty
What's that I hear the end of binary
O yes there is the top to brush away
The Kochs and  all their kind who would hold sway
polluting every corner of all lands
while double speaking words of liberty
They are the princes of the binary
the we they kings us them one two
They smile as their philanthropy comes through
What's that I hear their world is ending too
On every side the welling multitudes
ill-tuned to yes and no as it descends
in tribal utterance and mindless screeds
ignoring everything this lost world needs
On every side with time about to bend
beyond the the arc of our past histories
 evolving toward the triumph of the threes
When binary serves all like air and drink
it loses its capacity to sink
our world into its worst excrescences
and we can walk into triadic time 
where reason is not spurned
and facts can change
according to experiment
not faith
and wonder is reborn
in tolerance
and history becomes
democracy
and progress can survive
as helpfulness
and freedom lives
as non-idolatry
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The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.

This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.

Later, when Irene joined our group to form a travelling company performing "New Rain", I learned to pick out a …

Stephen C. Rose Bio

Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…