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Just hundreds of them passing

As we mark away our years

No quenching consternation

No pillow for our fears

Just wisdom in the massing

and another pool of tears

Just wisdom and the passing

of a loved one and her cheers

Just wisdom yet to come

and another pool of tears

Minister Belanger


Joined: 07 Mar 2004

Posts: 39

Location: Montreal, Qc.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2004 9:50 pm Post subject: ToTooker'sFriends: The Bicycle Song byDavidRovic Reply with quote

David Rovics Bunked at Tooker & Angela's house in January 2004 during his concert tour in the maritimes...

HERE IT IS! i found it!!! Go To:

click on 'audio & video on line'(left side of the page)

then to:

it is at the bottom of the page 3rd song from last

Tooker's friend Jiivan Jean dit le Sylphe Enjoy! ...
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When you get there you will have all the follwing links:
The Bicycle Song

play lo-fi play hi-fi MP3 Lyrics/Story

Acoustic : Folk

When my friend Bill Taylor said he was forming a chorus to sing songs to promote bike-riding, I wrote this song as a contribution to the cause.

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Album:Make It So ©David Rovics 1998 All Rights Reserved MP3: 2.5MB

Lyrics/Story ...
The Bicycle Song play lo-fi play hi-fi

(David Rovics)

Everybody's wondering what they're gonna do

Everything's a mess and folks are feeling blue

If your troubles get you down so much you can't abide

Get on that bicycle and ride


Yeah, get on that bicycle and ride

'Neath the sunny skies or along the oceanside

Just ride, ride, ride, ride, ride

They're doing it in Eugene, Havana and Shanghai

Even folks in Boston-town are giving it a try

Throwing out their gastanks, the clean air by their side

Get on that bicycle and ride

It's good for your heart and it's good for your brain

When those fluorescent lights are driving you insane

Your toes'll tingle in your shoes, when to the pedal they're applied

Just get on that bicycle and ride

If you're having troubles with your lovers, the tandem's made for that

You'll work together wonderfully or else you'll just go splat

Gonna shut down Main Street, make the bike paths far and wide

And get on that bicycle and ride

About this song

When my friend Bill Taylor said he was forming a chorus to sing songs to promote bike-riding, I wrote this song as a contribution to the cause.


I am also very inspired by this next one wich point towards Tooker's vision of a better world... THIS IS ACTUALLY THE ONE AT THE TOP OF THE: http// PAGE

Jean ENJOY! ...
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After the Revolution

play lo-fi play hi-fi MP3 Lyrics/Story

Acoustic : Folk

Some thoughts on how life could be different.

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AFTER THE REVOLUTION play lo-fi play hi-fi

(David Rovics)

It was a time I'll always remember

Because I could never forget

How reality fell down around us

Like some Western movie set

And once the dust all settled

The sun shone so bright

And a great calm took over us

Like it was all gonna be alright

That's how it felt to be alive

After the revolution

From Groton to Tacoma

On many a factory floor

The workers talked of solidarity

And refused to build weapons of war

No more will we make missiles

We're gonna do something different

And for the first time

Their children were proud of their parents

And somewhere in Gaza a little boy smiled and cried

After the revolution

Prison doors swung open

And mothers hugged their sons

The Liberty Bell was ringing

When the cops put down their guns

A million innocent people

Lit up in the springtime air

And Mumia and Leonard and Sarah Jane Olson

Took a walk in Tompkins Square

And they talked about what they'd do now

After the revolution

The debts were all forgiven

In all the neo-colonies

And the soldiers left their bases

Went back to their families

And a non-aggression treaty

Was signed with every sovereign state

And all the terrorist groups disbanded

With no empire left to hate

And they all started planting olive trees

After the revolution

George Bush and Henry Kissinger

Were sent off to the World Court

Their plans for global domination

Were pre-emptively cut short

Their weapons of mass destruction

Were inspected and destroyed

The battleships were dismantled

Never again to be deployed

And the world breathed a sigh of relief

After the revolution

Solar panels were on the rooftops

Trains upon the tracks

Organic food was in the markets

No GMO's upon the racks

And all the billionaires

Had to learn how to share

And Bill Gates was told to quit his whining

When he said it wasn't fair

And his mansion became a collective farm

After the revolution

And all the political poets

Couldn't think of what to say

So they all decided

To live life for today

I spent a few years catching up

With all my friends and lovers

Sleeping til eleven

Home beneath the covers

And I learned how to play the accordian

After the revolution

About this song

Some thoughts on how life could be different.




Audio and Video On-Line PAGE to give an idea of what is on there...

Audio and Video On-Line
Note: There are lots of other songs and videos on-line that aren't here because I don't know where to find them and don't have time to look. If you know of anything that you don't find below, please feel free to email me and I'll put 'em down here.
The following websites contains MP3's of all of the songs from all of my CD's, including some web-only releases, all available for free download: (high bandwidth) (low bandwidth)

If you'd like to support my policy of making all of my music available for free, you are more than welcome to throw a few bucks in my "virtual guitar case":

At the website above you can also download MP3's of other great political artists by going to the index at

Live at the Capitol Theater The whole concert from beginning to end (104 minutes) from February, 2004 in Olympia, Washington.
Live at the Wise Hall Here's a concert from February, 2004 in Vancouver, BC, plus an interview with Chris Spannos of Vancouver's Cooperative Radio.
Interview with Charles Boylan on Co-op Radio in Vancouver, BC, also from February, 2004.
Flashpoints interview with Dennis Bernstein on KPFA.
Across the Great Divide interview on KPFA in February, 2004.
Between the Lines interview on WBAI from December, 2003.
Great video clip from The Sorry State of the Union event outside of Bush's January, 2003 state of the union speech including me singing "The Next Attack."
Check out a powerful, creative video with Allie Rosenblatt and I singing Behind That Gate as the backdrop. Most of the footage is from the November, 2002 protests at the School of the Americas. (I wrote the song that morning about what was happening there at the protest, with the cops all blatantly violating the 1st and 4th Amendments, among other laws.) Check out other great work by these folks at Snowshoe Films. Click on "music" on their website to check out the videos of my songs and others.
Interview with Stefan Christoff of Free Speech Radio News that was broadcast on CKUT in Montreal in September, 2003.
Interview with Tom of CHRY in Toronto from September, 2003.
Atlanta IMC's Currents of Resistance show (2003) with a piece about Rachel Corrie (including my song about her).
Piece on Rachel Corrie from KAOS in Olympia, Washington from March, 2004 (including some of my music).
This page of Stream Reel's Audio Archives includes really good-quality live tracks from various Nader Rallies, including stuff by Eddy Vedder, Michael Franti, Patti Smith, and my song "The Dying Firefighter" from the Boston rally (mis-titled last I checked, called "Bravery").
Listen to an interview with Verna Avery-Brown on Pacifica's Peacewatch program from October 17th, 2002.
Here's one of many great shows from the National Radio Project, Making Contact from Sept. 11, 2002, which includes some of my music.
Listen to an interview with me on People's Global Radio from the European People's Global Action conference in Leiden, Netherlands in September, 2002.
An interview on Boston Indymedia done by radio people in Willimantic, Connecticut in August '02.
Baltimore Indymedia Interview in print and audio form.

Recording of live interview on DC Indymedia from September, 2001 which happened during the IMF/anti-war protests at that time (unedited, sound quality varies).

On SOA Watch's page on the 2002 Colombia Mobilization there's a two-part video you can watch. It's really well-done. A bit past half-way on Part I is me and Allie Rosenblatt doing "Drink of the Death Squads." A bit before that is Solstice singing "We Just Wanna Launch Missiles," and there's lots of other great stuff there.
You can search the archives of Democracy Now! for my appearances on the show (or just listen to the show, it's awesome). One to check out is the first hour of June 6, 2003 with me, Rachel Corrie's parents, Tom Hurndall's father and Rafeef Ziadah.
See and hear me singing "Shut Them Down" in Prague on September 27th, 2000 at Prague IMC.
You can find an entire concert I played at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine on Maine IMC (from November 5th, 2001). Also on Maine Indymedia you can find audio from a peace rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and concerts on April 16th and 17th, 2002 with myself, Ethan Miller and others.
Go to Santa Cruz IMC for a 5-part video of a performance in Santa Cruz with Allie Rosenblatt backing me up on harmony vocals, recorded in February, 2002, and photos from that gig, too. (The photos are at the top, the video is all the way at the bottom.)
There's a very well-done five-minute interview with me on KUNM (New Mexico public radio) from January, 2002.
Go to Joe Public Films to view a clip from the documentary, Greetings from Missile Street, about the genocidal sanctions on Iraq, which features my song, "My Daughter."
Listen to an interview with me and Jim Page from December, 2001 on Free Radio Burlington.
You can download an MP3 of the David Rovics Special, a 51-minute interview from February 24th, 2000 from Uncle Dennis's Earth First! Radio show. It's a very informative show heard every week on the pirated airwaves of Santa Cruz, California, and whatever other radio station in the world that wants to download the show. This and lots of other great shows are hosted on the web through the good people of Radio4All.
Go to this page in the KPIG Archives (from July 18th, 1999, on a show called Please Stand By) to listen to another live interview and a bunch of songs. Once you're listening to the RealAudio file, drag the bar to 41:50 or so to get to the beginning of the segment I'm in. To check out KPIG's website starting from the main page, go to
The web site of the 20th annual Great Labor Arts Exchange features a picture of me singing at the event and a recording of me singing my song, "Minimum Wage Strike," live at the event, along with other cool stuff.
Here's a great website called Musica Subterranea, which features audio, pictures and interviews with various buskers in the Boston subways, including myself. (The above link will take you to my page. At the bottom of it you can click on different "T Stops" to visit the pages of other performers. Start at "Park Street" to go through the series from beginning to end.)
There's an "anti-war concert" with audio tracks of various artists put together by whoever does the Research Site on Indonesia, Southeast Asia, the Islamic World, and American Society.
Created June, 1998

Updated March, 2004


Joined: 07 Mar 2004

Posts: 39

Location: Montreal, Qc.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2004 4:33 pm Post subject: Pray for the Dead & Fight Like Hell for the Living Reply with quote

Hi! Ange, Sally, Kelly, & friends of Tooker...

In January when David Rovics was on tour across Canada & in the Maritimes he was camping (was a guest) at Tooker & Angela's place in Dartmouth...
I was looking for David's BICYCLE SONG on click on *audio & video on line* all music, lyrics, etc for FREE... (high bandwidth) (low bandwidth)
...& i came across this other song (see below) & thought it was so appropriate & beautiful. Here are the words (or you can go & hear it at the above mentioned links).
P.S. : The Bicycle Song is there somewhere on his website...

i'll find it later nader, in a while crocodile... & i will post it on the: ...


(I have to get off the net for now, going to Mtl Memorial, need a ride from Toronto to Mtl or standby plane...


& 416-516-8961 & 416-516-8236 & leave message for JEAN

velo_rution( nospam )


P.S. : The Bicycle Song is there somewhere on his website...

i'll find it later nader, in a while crocodile... & i will post it on the: ...

Memorial Discussion Forum & Bulletin Board

a public on-line community to learn about and

discuss the life and ideas of Tooker Gomberg

***Take Care Of Yourself & Take Care Of Each Other*** Very Happy



David Rovics

They bombed Philadelphia, killed women and children and men

It's an old story, we see it again and again

Shot into houses while people burned inside

So many have fought and so many good people have died

They murdered and put MOVE in prison -- now they're bringing more forces to bear

Are we gonna let them strap Mumia to the electric chair? Or...

Will we pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living

Stand up on our feet or die in slavery

Is there somebody here whose live is not worth giving?

Who's it gonna be if it isn't you and me?

They killed Crazy Horse, drove his people onto the reserve

Killed children and buffalo, some lower power to serve

The people starved and they died behind the impassable wall

In tipis and churches, even ghost dancers would fall

Now from Ecuador to Big Mountain, relocation is rearing it's head

Will we turn our backs or recall what the good woman said?

They poisoned the water, poisoned the air and the earth

Who here believes that the dollar is all that our planet is worth

They cut down the forests, cut down the mountains and anything else they could take

What a cynical greed to do business, knowing all life is at stake

Now as they destroy all that remains, who here will part with the last

Will we raise our voice to the madness -- rise up, lock down, stand fast?

From Manilla to Managua, how many have died in our names

From Santiago to Santo Domingo, it is a murderous game

From Baghdad to Belgrade, mass murder from ten thousand feet

But from Hanoi to Havana, there is talk of the tiger's defeat

Will we wait for the next time, to kill kids on some far-away shore

Or will we throw a wrench in the gears as we shout, "no mas, no more"

Copyright David Rovics 1999, all rights reserved
Peter Blanchard

Site Admin

Joined: 20 Apr 2003

Posts: 218

Location: Canada

PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2004 2:58 pm Post subject: Halifax Memorial, Mon Mar 29 Reply with quote

Halifax Memorial
Monday, March 29, 6:30 p.m.
St. Matthias Church, basement (Chebucto and Windsor).
Info: (902) 423-2122

(posted by Peter Blanchard)
[Halifax & Nova Scotia eco- & activist links, events, organizations...

Nova Scotia Environment Network

Ecology Action Centre, Halifax - ed]


Joined: 07 Mar 2004

Posts: 39

Location: Montreal, Qc.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2004 1:09 pm Post subject: Angela's Eulogy for Tooker Reply with quote

In remembrance of my true love...

Angela Bischoff, March 10, 2004
I remember when I first laid eyes on him. I was the keener in the front row, he the workshop leader. I was awestruck how he could make the rocket science of bicycle repair seem appealing to me. His hair was much longer then, frizzed, and he donned a white lab coat, like a doctor undertaking an operation, tools in hand, assembling a two-wheeled wonder. We were both smitten. I wondered to myself that night if I might share my life with this beautiful, kind and entertaining man.
The next seventeen years our lives entwined like two vines. He was an ever-faithful husband, gentle, thoughtful, and fun. What a ride we had together. Year after year we described our relationship as one that just kept getting better. How blessed I am to have loved and received the love of my soul mate for a good part of my life.
Did you know Tooker loved animals? I think he related to their vulnerability, and recognized their inherent beauty. He grew up with turtles and hamsters, dogs and cats, birds and fish. At age 12, he gave up eating meat -- for good. He was resolute in his convictions, without seeking affirmation or passing judgment. He begged me for a pet in recent years, but I forbade it. We were always on the move (presenting, campaigning, researching, documenting, learning, sharing). Instead he settled for plastic lizards and bugs, and he never missed a chance at putting them under the pillow of a guest, or dropping them in my pocket.
I wonder how many people ever had the pleasure of seeing Tooker juggle. He was playful, skilled, agile. He would often juggle fruit in the grocery store to the delight of kids stuck in shopping carts. That's how he lived his life, skillfully handling many balls at once, always taking more on, knowing when to drop a ball or toss it to another, never lacking creativity or spunk. He was a hard act to follow. He raised the bar for us all.
Did you ever hear him play harmonica? He played a sweet, mellow tone, melodious, always delightful. When we traveled to far away lands where the language barrier prevented us from relating to local people, Tooker would pull out his harp, and before long every villager within earshot would gather round to be entertained. He was a magnet. Wherever he landed, be it Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax or Hong Kong, community was enriched.
Tooker never thought of himself as spiritual, but he was as ardent and faithful as any member of the clergy. He was guided by ethics of ecology and justice, and he lived and taught them on every hilltop, schoolroom or chamber of power in which he found himself, never missing a beat, never missing an opportunity. The rest of us relied on him to fill the gaps; he rarely let us down. He was a man of faith, faith that we could save ourselves from doom, faith that we could come together as community to make change. He was a champion of the underdog. He lead the way. Many saw him as a visionary. Some called him a prophet.
Did you ever see Tooker's library? You would have seen how he became an authority on such a vast array of social and ecological issues. Did your ever see him question unjust authority? Although short in stature, he was a giant in courage, bursting with chutzpah.
His more than thirty years of self-education and commitment to a sustainable, peaceful and more just world lead him to see interconnections between issues. He fought the battle against climate change like few others. From cars, to tar sands, to wars in the gulf, he remained in the trenches. But he did so with sparkle. Renewable energy and the humble bicycle were greenspirational solutions to our global problems, and without doubt time will prove him right.
Tooker's keen insight and generous spirit touched lives around the world, and in that his life lives on.
In my heart and in my soul I ache for my partner, my lover, my soul mate. I will miss cycling through life with him at my side. I will miss his warm embrace, his tenderness, brilliance, humour, support and sweet smile. May he live on through me and through all of us...
When we married, we rang our bicycle bells in celebration. Today I celebrate and honor Tooker's life by ringing that same bell. Perhaps next time you hear a bicycle bell you'll think of him. May he be at peace.
(rings bicycle bell 3 times)
Tooker & Angela's Greenspiration! Website


Joined: 24 Mar 2004

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Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2004 12:48 am Post subject: Tooker memorial farewell - The Pope Squat Reply with quote

Dear Tooker,

I want to thank you for all your love and passion for people and the environment, for your indefatigable sparking enthusiasm and creative activism that has inspired me on many occasions I had the privilege to share with you.
You were there on the streets and in the public eye tirelessly advocating for equal rights, protecting the interests of the disenfranchised, educating the public about sustainable living practices, and helping government officials to be better informed and functional. Everyone knew you and you knew everyone.
You were there to open the Pope Squat and helped to make it the most successful housing action in history of Toronto. Your continuous presence at the Pope Squat gave us the necessary energy to keep it going, and with your efforts the Pope Squat managed to house over fifty homeless and marginalized persons for over three months, prompting a stimulating and ongoing discussions worldwide about the issues of homelessness, affordable housing, and human rights.
You were there on the cold Hallowe'en night when police raided the Pope Squat and brought this housing initiative to an end. You have setup your tent across the street in protest of their actions. You clothed and fed people, and for two weeks organized attempts to reconcile with the city. You were the last to leave the Pope Squat on November 14, 2002.

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