We may only be subordinates but we hear everything
All your closed-door conversations, we’re always listening
We sense frequencies you’d never hear or think to pay attention to
And we can tell what’s on its way here, long before the train comes throughEzra Furman – Train Comes Through Lyrics
Ezra Furman’s “All of Us Flames” is an anthem for we the neurodivergent, queer, disabled, and weird. This is music by and for the edges, for the canaries.
“All of Us Flames” is about community, identity, and unity. It’s about finding your people.
All of Us Flames is about finding one’s tribe, learning to trust others, and seeking to heal in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges that life presents to some.Ezra Furman: All Of Us Flames [Album Review] – The Fire Note
“Temple of Broken Dreams” is a call to action for our communities.
“Let’s organize our lives around love and care.” We integrated that line into our philosophy.
Furman penned the second new single “Evening Prayer” as a “rallying cry” for her fan base. “We music fans go to shows for transcendence; it’s like being called to prayer,” she says. “But as Abraham Heschel said, ‘Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism and falsehood.’ I want all our fans to become activists. We punk fans have so much energy to give to the fight against injustice, i.e. the abuse of the poor by the rich, i.e. climate change. So this is one to get you in the mood.”Ezra Furman’s Summer of Pride Mix: Listen | Billboard
None of Us Ashes, All of Us Flames
I want there to be a book of our names None of them missing, none quite the same None of us ashes, all of us flames And I want us to read it aloud I want it to tell of our exile here In a cruel machinery, our bodies between the gears And our world back home just the ghost of a prayer And I want us to read it aloud I want us to read it aloud And our names will be heard through prison walls Through wet city streets and international calls And we'll read it until this whole empire falls And then we will continuе to read it And the names will bе the real ones that are ours Not the ones given us by the enemy powers But the ones that we know in our bones and our bowels And they'll be said out loud and repeated Yes, I want there to be a book of our names None of us missing, none exactly the same None of us ashes, all of us flames And I want us to read it aloud I want us to read it aloud
“Book of Our Names” by Ezra Furman
Our survival is bound up together in the gutter adversity.
Furman is like the Springsteen of the LGBTQIA+ community – the authority on demented optimism from the gutter of adversity.Ezra Furman – All Of Us Flames – Album Review – Loud And Quiet
Optimism comes with organizing. Turn up “All of Us Flames”, and build community.
A transfiguration’s coming, a turning in the song To the brutal static order they’ve depended on so long This train will carry gamblers, it’ll carry us midnight ramblers too And a broken heart’s your ticket so be ready when the train comes through A broken heart’s your ticket so be ready when the train comes through Ahh Ahh
“Train Comes Through” by Ezra Furman
Let’s organize our lives around love and care.
We exist for the direct support and mutual aid of neurodivergent and disabled people.
We serve our loved people so we can keep on living through the onslaught.
I center the marginalized and the different. I center edge cases, because edge cases are stress cases and design is tested at the edges. I center neurodivergent and disabled experience in service to all bodyminds.
We pledge to act and interact in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and healthy community.
We steer by these acquired phrases. They are compasses and stars that align us on our mission.
It is time to celebrate our interdependence. Interdependence acknowledges that our survival is bound up together, that we are interconnected and what you do impacts others. Interdependence is the only way out of most of the most pressing issues we face today.
Our designs, our societies, and the boundaries of our compassion are tested at the edges, where the truths told are of bias, inequality, injustice, and thoughtlessness.
Let's organize our lives around love and care Let's write each other letters and call it prayer Let's congregate in the place that isn't anywhere At the temple of broken dreams