"‘It’s Your Future’ is a film about getting involved and playing an active part in democracy.
Politics affects everyone, especially young people.
No matter how disengaged you feel, the only way to make a difference is to take action.
For change to begin, you must make your voice heard." - Gary Turk
Written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk.
When I was 18, politics was boring.
I didn’t go and vote, I didn’t pay attention,
I didn’t really care at what age people got their pension.
That seemed ages away, I was just starting out,
I really had no interest in what politics was about.
But I should have, the young are most affected,
Most 18 to 24s don’t care who gets elected.
And I’m not surprised, I once felt that way too,
Why vote for a system that doesn’t represent you?
Middle aged, middle classed, old men in old buildings,
Too posh and too rich to care about the small things.
From the same schools and same clubs, to same suits and same tailors,
To the same privileged upbringings with no experience of failures.
When we see them answer questions, a chance they should be seizing,
They forget about us, and resort to playground teasing.
Like children, taking part in a food fight,
Wasting words that have power on a false appetite, that lies.
That only wants first prize. That cares less about its people and more what power buys.
But the government works for you, and this can all be resolved,
If you stand up for what you believe in, and do your part to get involved.
There is strength in your numbers, you are not the minority,
You only feel this way as you’ve been made a low priority,
By politicians, who are chasing the vote.
They wont try and please you if they think there’s no hope.
So prove them all wrong, prove you have a voice,
Do the unexpected and accept you have a choice.
And vote, but first find out the truth,
Look at their policies and how it affects the youth.
This world is yours to inherit, it’s more your future than theirs,
Don’t let your life be dictated by the old and billionaires.
It’s the young that pay tuition, it’s the young that fight the wars,
It’s the young who need jobs, or could end up living outdoors.
It’s the young who adopt the planet, it’s the young who clean up the mess,
It’s the young who care for the old, so why do the young vote less?
You have a say, that needs to be respected,
People are dying for the right to have a leader that’s elected.
So register to vote, be a part of democracy,
Doing nothing and complaining is outright hypocrisy.
You don’t have to be a whisper, your voices are real,
You can be the generation that creates a better deal.
If you want to make a difference, you have to grow up,
Our country’s fate is decided by those who show up.