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Now, I live in Arkansas, but there was a period of time in my life when I liked nothing better than to get in an old junker and head across the river to Mississippi to enjoy some music. There is something in that North Mississippi hill country Blues that rings my chime.

So please, "Mississippi Goddam" is a song title. Not my sentiments. But what a song.

Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddam

Thanks to Deoliver47 for turning me on to this recording. It is upbeat and Jazzy and devastating. Extremely powerful especially taken in historical context.

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Nina Simone, the High Priestess of Jazz wrote this song. At the top of her lyric sheet she says.

The name of this tune is Mississippi Goddam
And I mean every word of it

Here's a link to the lyrics.

Mississippi Goddam lyrics

Of course not all music that changed the world came from the civil rights movement. And not all was Folk or Blues or Jazz. All types of music have impact and all causes lend themselves to song.

This playlist features some contemporary songwriters playing topical or protest songs.

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Here's a 30 minute set that includes topical songs that span a full range of protest from antiwar to antidrug including one that's antidrugwar.

Link to playlist page on KGPL

(I added this link because the iframe seems to be intermittent. Has anyone got any help with this?)

My favorite would have to be Uncle Fred's "Two Sets Of Books". In fact I like all of his songs. There's one of mine on the list too, "Flashback", about PTSD.

Thanks,

Hairy Larry

Originally posted to hairylarry on Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 05:13 AM PDT.

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