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Through A Window

Thistle and Thorns


Through A Window
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  • Thistle Pettersen is a local singer/songwriter, activist and childcare worker living in Madison. When she first heard of the Capitol protests, she, like others, felt drawn as if by some invisible thread pulling her up to the top of that hill to occupy with her friends and comrades.
    "Through a Window" was inspired by the March 9th re-occupation of the Capitol that took place after the police had locked protesters out of witnessing the final vote on Act 10. They swarmed the building, forcing open windows to climb through and enter. In her song, the narrator is one of those folks who takes matters into her own hands and enters the Capitol through a window, finding an altered state of Wisconsin and of political consciousness. She sneaks through the tunnel underground leading to the M & I bank, a known source of support for the Walker Administration, dresses in black, throws a brick and then smashes a cash machine (metaphor for smashing capitalism). The stars look with favor upon her radical act and lead her to take up torches and pitchforks with the folks surrounding the area who plant "corn, beans and squash" on the Capitol lawn. These crops are a known grouping of companion plants in Latin American agriculture called "las tres hermanas" or "the three sisters." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Sisters_(agriculture) They work together cooperatively, giving each other the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong. This is another metaphor for how the songwriter envisions our movements for profound social change—that they would be diverse in content and in tactics with each group and individual bringing something unique and complimentary to the whole. In this way, a garden of colorful and resilient social change can be sustained into an egalitarian and democratic future run by and for the people.

 

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