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I've always used music to remind me why I stay in the fight or why I should even when I don't. Below the fold you can find a bunch of my fave songs of struggle available on YouTube.

I'd be interested in what other people listen to when they need the inspiration to stay in the struggle.

Rebel Diaz "Which Side Are You On?"
A union classic updated for the age of globalization and globalizing resistance.

Rita Martinson "Soldier, We Love You"
From the Vietnam-era FTA tour that played to tens of thousands of US soldiers stationed at various Pacific bases. A clip of this also appears in "Sir! No Sir!" a GREAT documentary on the GI movement against the VietNam war that is available FREE to GIs.

Welfare Poets "Sak Pase"
A salute to the Haitian people's fight against US domination.

Mavis Staples "99 & 1/2"
Remake of a classic with footage from the LAPD's attack on an Immigrant Rights march.

Jefferson Airplane "Volunteers"
Revolutionary hippie anthem. Still great.

John Lennon "Power to the People"
Need I say more?

DAM "Meen Erhabe (Who's The Terrorist)"
Palestinian hiphop from Israel.

Akon "Ghetto"
Akon isn't always this on-target. But this is great song.

Eminem "Mosh"
For the 2004 elections. A reminder of the stakes and of the voters lined up in Ohio.

Gil Scott Heron "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
It won't. Oldie but goodie.

The Coup "Ride The Fence"
Fiery commie hiphop makes a critical point.

So what are you listening to?

Originally posted to Christopher Day on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 08:39 PM PDT.


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Comment Preferences

  •  Put a Quarter in the Juke Box (6+ / 0-)

    and share your own.

    Build the Iraq Moratorium Fri., Sept. 21!
    "Tell no lies. Claim no easy victories" -- Amilcar Cabral

    by Christopher Day on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 08:32:34 PM PDT

  •  Here's a great one for ya... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    farleftcoast, jhutson, midwife zora

    "In every country, every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty" - Thomas Jefferson

    by Erevann on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 08:39:23 PM PDT

  •  Lorcan Otway: 'Remember, They're With Us' (1+ / 0-)
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    I listen to songs of resistance written and sung by Larry "Lorcan" Otway, an Irish-American folk musician in NYC. Here are the lyrics he wrote in October 2002, in the wake of 9/11, to comemmorate 10 fallen firefighters from Engine 33/Ladder Company 9.

    'Remember, They're With Us'

    (Tune: Bold Robert Emmet)

    By Lorcan Otway

    Flashing lights and no sirens, all emergencies over
    The motorcade passes, with the heroes who fell.
    And all on the streets stop, and in silence bear witness
    Such sorrow and thanks, no mere words can tell.

    Who ever can forget the gray ash-covered engines
    Coming back from the alarm like no other before.
    Such pain for survivors, to embrace all the families
    Of comrades so loved, now on that distant shore.

    Chief Downey, Father Mike, First Deputy Feehan
    Peter Ganci and many too many to tell,
    Your memories we'll honor we n'er will forget you.
    You brought hope to the horror when the two towers fell.

    Remember Tim Stackpole, how he prayed in the wreckage
    In that terrible fire that took two of his friends.
    So horribly injured he fought to recover
    To return to his ladder and to die with his men.

    So now to acknowledge, just one of the many
    Engine 33/Ladder Company 9.
    There's 10 empty places around their table,
    Ten fallen brothers who fell on the line.

    Remember Kev Pfiefer, Mike Boyle and Keith Maynard,
    Jeff Walz, Brian Bilcher, Robert King, Dave Arce,
    Gerarde Baptiste, Robert Evans, John Tierney,
    Ten lost out of 40 from one company.

    And though we mourn them, they're still on the job now,
    Though they have fallen, they're still standing tall.
    Their spirit will bolster their sisters and brothers,
    Their unseen presence will answer each call.

    So tell all your children to tell all their children:
    Never pass a firehouse without a brief pause,
    And thank all the heroes who work on those engines.
    Each day they risk all in humanity's cause.

  •  Run on for a long time... (1+ / 0-)
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    Trim Your Bush

    embed is disabled on this one, but this gal sings this Johnny Cash cover as good as, if not better than Johnny's recorded versions.

    "In every country, every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty" - Thomas Jefferson

    by Erevann on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 08:48:48 PM PDT

  •  When you talk about liberation music... (2+ / 0-)
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    jhutson, Erevann'd better talk about Charlie Haden and the Liberation Music Orchestra.  And I suggest you read his interview with Amy Goodman, where he talks about being arrested in Portugal, where, as wikipedia notes:

    In 1971, while on tour in Portugal, Haden decided to dedicate a performance of his "Song for Che" to the anticolonialist revolutionaries in the Portuguese colonies of Mozambique, Angola, and Guinea-Bissau. The following day, he was detained at the Lisbon airport, jailed, and interrogated by the DGS (the Portuguese secret police). He was promptly released the same day after the intervention of the American cultural attaché, though he was later interviewed by the FBI in the United States about his choice of dedication.

    Haden's a continual inspiration to me.

    Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

    by WarrenS on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 08:49:44 PM PDT

  •  As an Irish and Scots Tradder (0+ / 0-)

    I regularly cite "The Rights of Man" hornpipe. There's no Youtube version I like; if you have yer $.99 for a powerful box and fiddle version, iTunes has it by box player Paddy O'Brian and fiddler James Kelly backed by guitarist Daithi Sproule.

    The Celts share with Americans a frequency of having clothing banned. With the Irish it's "The Wearin' Of the Green" where they can't show their colors, while the Scots take a more upbeat turn in the Highland dance celebrating the restoration of legality of kilt, "The Sean Truibhas." Both are bagpipe versions.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 09:24:07 PM PDT

  •  Some more stuff (0+ / 0-)

    I don't even think I can break it down to individual songs, but a few other inspiring artists:

    Joe Strummer & the Mescaleroes;
    Michael Franti;
    Jon Langford/Mekons--esp., "This Funeral's for the Wrong Corpse";
    Ted Leo and the Pharmacists--Shake the Sheets album and Al Franken show got me through some rough times after 2004 election (esp. the line "how you gonna change the world when the world ain't ready?");
    for something really different and intriguing, check out the Make-Up and their self-described "gospel yehyeh" music:  "liberation theology" for the punk crowd.  Is it all tongue-and-cheek or is it a whole new organization of common sense?  Pow! to the People

  •  D.O.A./Jello Biafra (0+ / 0-)

    "Full Metal Jackoff"

    "The clouds didn't look like cotton / they didn't even look like clouds" Townes van Zandt

    by Cherrycoke on Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 04:24:23 AM PDT

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