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The 2018 Proposition Song is sung to a standard blues melody, in the key of E:
E - - E7 - A - E - B7 - A - E - B7
Well it came in the mail just the other day,
My official voter guide, I said “What the hey?
Let’s take a look, see what it’s all about.”
I read and I read but I just can’t figure it out!
I started with the first one, Proposition One,
One of four bond act ballot propositionsI
t’s for housing, same as Prop number 2.
Sing along and avoid those California Proposition Blues!
Proposition 3 is a water bond,
Prop 4 pays for hospital construction
The kind that serve the kids in our state.
Seven more to go, c’mon vote and participate!
Back in Nineteen Seventy-eight,
Voters locked down property tax rates
Now older homeowners stay put all their lives
They might sell if voters pass Proposition 5.
6 is about the roads we drive, and
Whether to keep a new gas tax alive
Vote yes if you think drivers should not pay more
Vote no if you think road improvements should be paid for.
Long ago, in Nineteen Forty-nine,
Californians approved Daylight Savings Time
In Spring we leap forward, and later fall back
If we pass Prop 7, the legislature could change that.
8 impacts those with kidney disease, and
what clinics charge in dialysis fees
Supporters say these costs are too high
Opponents say this measure risks patients' lives.
Proposition 9 is no more,
the state supreme court threw it out the door
Three more to go, we’re nearly through
Sing along with us and avoid those proposition blues!
Proposition 10’s about rent control, and
whether state law should allow for more
If you vote yes, rent control could expand
Vote no if you are not a rent control fan
11’s ‘bout ambulance companies, and
how they treat their employees
Vote no if you think they must get their lunch breaks
Vote yes if you think 911 callers must not wait
12 is about animal rights, and
whether farm animal pens are too tight
Supporters say spaces must be re-sized
Opponents say if it passes egg prices will rise
If you want more info, go online,
calvoter.org’s open all the time
Follow the money, learn what you can
Vote by November 6, help make the laws of our land!
Just remember voting’s not a test.
Vote on what you can and skip the rest
Talk with friends, ask them their views
Do a little homework and
avoid those proposition blues!
Sing along and avoid those
California proposition blues!
Lyrics by Kim Alexander
The Proposition Song Players:
- Kim Alexander - Guitar & Vocals
- Tim Brown - Harmonica & Vocals
- Jeff Bruner - Bass
- Jim Fox - Guitar & Vocals
- Lou Galgani - Percussion & Vocals
- Max Howe - Saw & Vocals
- Gordon Lane - Vocals
- Cathy McCallister - Guitar & Vocals
- Carl Salmonsen - Lead Guitar & Vocals
- Donna Silva - Guitar & Vocals
Audio recording by Jessica Hayes
- Bob Stanton
- Jessica Hayes
- Carl Salmonsen
- Molly Ferrell
Video editing by Steve Anselmino
Special Thanks to:
- Jessica Hayes
- Steve Anselmino
- Gerard Gleason
- Vincent Sterne & the Two Rivers Cider staff
- The Proposition Song players & videographers
- And the donors to the California Voter Foundation who make voter education projects like this one possible.
News organizations may rebroadcast the video or audio of the song in whole or in part, with attribution to the California Voter Foundation. An MP3 version of the song is available upon request.