Democracy will not come Today, this year Nor ever Through compromise and fear. (1-4)
That first stanza says it all. It takes courage to resist compromising and fearing those who seek to oppress. True democracy goes hand in hand with that Wizard of Oz Cowardly Lion who's in need of some real guts.
I do not need my freedom when I'm dead. I cannot live on tomorrow's bread. (13-14)
Procrastinators and cowards talk about freedom tomorrow, but courageous folks like our speaker talk about freedom today. After all, tomorrow is no good to you if you're dead, right?
Freedom Is a strong seed Planted In a great need. (15-18)
Courage has the potential to make freedom's "strong seed" grow even higher, especially since it's planted in a "great need." Pairing courage with need does wonders for folks when it comes to freedom and democracy.