This song is on the game Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam for Wii. Can’t believe that. Lyrics are on screen.

I saw this yesterday. These guys are funny, and in politics, if you can’t take a joke, get the hell off of the stage.

Bread, peace and freedom.

I have some Irish blood in me that I’m proud of and the first time I heard about this group, it made me even more proud. David Rovics sings about a bit of American History that doesn’t get any play in the history books.

I’m trying to get David Rovics to play in Great Bend during his whirlwind National Convention tour. If anyone has any ideas on promotion or fund raising for this, let me know in the comments section.

I did a Yahoo search for Protest Songs to try and get a better idea of what to do today. About.com has a list of top ten protest songs with some great choices (“This Land is Your Land”, “If I Had a Hammer”, “Give Peace a Chance”), but it also had a link down below for Top Ten Labor Songs. Some of these I had heard and others I hadn’t. A few google and YouTube searches later and I had decided on a song. Here is Utah Phillips singing a hymn out of the I.W.W. Little Red Songbook to the tune of the old church song “Power in the Blood of the Lamb”

Bread, peace, and freedom

The first version of this song I heard was the Rage Against the Machine version. I never was really into that song, but when I was bumbling around looking for protest songs the other day, I found this version that Bruce Springsteen released on the 1995 album of the same name. Lyrics are posted here. Bread, peace and freedom.

My buddy donuthater turned me on to the Phil Ochs version of this song. I found an updated version a few days later by Evan Greer. Evan is a member of a group that calls themselves Riot Folk. Here is the full version of the song, or watch the live version below (song is incomplete on the video).

Bread, peace and freedom.

First thing, I haven’t been very diligent in getting protest songs up the past few weeks, I know it isn’t Friday, but I couldn’t resist once I saw this video.

I love me some folk music, and I think it’s still the most effective genre for protest songs due to the fact that it’s musical, the words rhyme and you can understand them all. However, since I was in Jr. High, my favorite band has been Nine Inch Nails. Several weeks ago (after admittedly not paying much attention to what Trent Reznor had been up to for a while) I heard the song “Capital G”. With the starting line, “I pushed the button and elected him to office and/he pushed the button and he dropped the bomb” it’s pretty simple to see who is being talked about. I found this video on YouTube and just wanted to share.

Bread, peace, and freedom.

Ani DiFranco — \’Tis of Thee Couldn’t find a video of this song. I saw Ani live in Lawrence in 1999 and she performed this song, prefacing it with the words “This is a song about the war on drugs and how it has turned into a war on poor people”. The drug war is a waste of time and money, especially when you consider that jail will screw up your life worse than a whole trash bag full of cocaine. Normally, I let people search for song lyrics on their own if they want to, but this song is worth quoting in it’s entirety.

they caught the last poor man
on a poor man’s vacation
they cuffed him and confiscated his stuff
they dragged his black ass down to the station
and said, ok, the streets are safe now
all your pretty white children can come out and see spot run
and they came out of their houses
and they looked around
but they didn’t see no one

my country ’tis of thee
to take swings at each other on the talkshow tv
why don’t you just go ahead and turn off the sun
cuz we’ll never live long enough
to undo everything they’ve done to you
undo everything they’ve done to you

above 96th street
they’re handing out smallpox blankets so people don’t freeze
the old dogs have got a new trick
it’s called criminalize the symptoms
while you spread the disease
and i hold on hard to something
between my teeth when i’m sleeping
i wake up and my jaw aches
and the earth is full of earthquakes

my country ’tis of thee
to take shots at each other on the prime time tv
why don’t you just go ahead and turn off the sun
cuz we’ll never live long enough
to undo everything they’ve done to you
undo everything they’ve done to you

they caught the last poor man
flying away in a shiny red cape
they took him down to the station
and they said, boy, you should’ve known better
than to try to escape
i ran away with the circus
cuz there’s still some honest work left for bearded ladies
but it’s not the same going town to town
since they put everyone in jail
except the cleavers and the bradys

my country ’tis of thee
to take swings at each other on the talkshow tv
why don’t you just go ahead and turn off the sun
cuz we’ll never live long enough
to undo everything they’ve done to you
undo everything they’ve done to you

Damn right. Bread, peace and freedom.

A very good friend of mine in Topeka has a tendency to send me long rants via email on religion, politics and the mix of the two. I invited him to make the occasional post on my blog. This is what he sent for his first post.

“At this moment, I am not pissed off.  I wish to share a music video with you.  This song has brought me great joy.  Enjoy.  I am sure that I will get bitchy later….

Aunt Warren”

Loreena McKennitt — The Mummer’s Dance (ed. note: This song was also played during my wedding.)

Friday Protest Song.

April 4, 2008

No time to write a bunch about this song. Barry McGuire. Eve of Destruction. Good stuff. ‘Nuff said.