This morning, a group of adorable, disenfranchised residents of the District of Columbia gathered near the Capitol building to sing John Oliver‘s statehood song. Watch videos of the performance uploaded by The Hill is Home and the office of Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen at the bottom of this post, and check out the song’s original lyrics below.

Kids: Alabama and Alaska,
Arizona, Arkansas
California, Colorado
Connecticut and more
There are 50 states in total
And we’ll sing their names with glee
But there’s one place that gets shafted
And it’s Washington, D.C.

Oliver: That’s right kids. Now be more specific about the problem.

Kids: All the rest of us can choose a path
That we think is best
But any choice that D.C. makes
Is easily suppressed
‘Cause some asshole with a rider
Who might live in Tennessee
Can destroy a needle program
For preventing HIV.

Oliver: It’s true. It’s horrifying but it’s true. What are some solutions?

Kids: Let them have gun laws!
Let them have weed!
Let them decide
The things that they need
And if you’re totally convinced
That there should be just 50 states
Well, then let’s all kick out Florida
‘Cause no one thinks they’re great
Oh, yes, let’s all kick out Florida
‘Cause no one thinks they’re great

#singfreeordie for DC StatehoodDid you miss John Oliver’s fantastic segment on District statehood last week? Catch our own homegrown version, brought to you at the Capitol this morning by a distinctly Ward 6 cast. #singfreeordie

Posted by Charles Allen on Sunday, August 9, 2015

Thank you for turning out for the #DCStatehood Singalong!

Posted by The Hill is Home on Sunday, August 9, 2015

Photo by Sarah Anne Hughes