Democracy will not come Today, this year Nor ever Through compromise and fear. (1-4)
Folks can't be truly free if they're constantly bargaining with one another and fearing one another. The ultimate aim, according to the speaker, should be freedom for all, not just a good deal.
I do not need my freedom when I'm dead. I cannot live on tomorrow's bread. (13-14)
Sounds simple enough. Freedom is no good to anyone if you're dead. So the speaker says we need to think about today and what we can do right now to help exercise freedom for all.
Freedom Is a strong seed Planted In a great need. (15-18)
Freedom has an awful lot of potential wrapped up in it. And since we all need it, we know folks are eager to plant those seeds like it's Earth Day every day.