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I am sixty years older than I was when I first heard music.  It has followed me ever since, a soundtrack inside me in every day of my life.

On Facebook I find a friend from college who is a music teacher in a college.  His personal information page is in itself a music education in rock, alternative, classical, baroque, and lots more if a student were to look up and listen to every bit. Like  a blogroll of music history, we need a blogroll/links page, lyrics/tunes chords of the music detailing political history.

This gave me the idea of a political songlist, with links where the artists who have recorded them can be found.

Got any suggestions for how to organize this?

My interior music sound track, running along with every day life comes to mind first sometimes when I am relaxed, or bored in the presence of others.
(everything from "who let the dogs out?" to "Oh What a Beaut..." to "Sing, sing a song..." to rap, to international drumming, "Well it's Saturday Night and I ain't got Nobody" "Norwegian Wood" to The Brandenburg concertos, to the horn triumph music on NPR to Sousa's marches, piano Jazz, saxophone, bluegrass songs)

I used to learn songs easily and I remember well those few songs I learned to play when I was younger than 25.
To learn a new song in my dotage, seems to require a lot of repetition and association.  In compensation for this problem, God has given ME (personally, of course) the internet, of this I am convinced.

We only have two stations on AM radio: Clear channel ( owned by the Mayes family, of Republican supporter country) and ESPN sports.  We have one each of FM stations: one country, one oldies, one or maybe two rock stations, and one station of Public radio with a  variable signal, depending on the Christian radio stations that over the past ten years have slid between and over Public Radio.  I now dislike digital tuning that jumps and can't find that exact clear spot.

In order to listen to my types of music I have to listen to NPR or the internet sources, or sometimes local country or oldies music. CD's which I still love and listen to because I have them.
a nominee for the list of protest songs:

This morning a song on the folk show, WPSU State College, PA

YOU WILL ANSWER - © Anne Feeney (BMI) 2006 – 2:54
Vocal: Anne Feeney; Harmony Vocals: Engineered and Recorded by East Side Flash at Flashpoint Studios, Austin, TX
and sung by Austin Lounge Lizards: Hank Card, Tom Pittman, Conrad Deisler, Boo Resnick

Anne Feeney wrote this song during a workshop at the U.S. Labor Against the War conference in Cleveland. It’s been a part of "BURIED: The Story of the Sago Mine Disaster"  ever since.

Last night as I lay tossing and a-turning in my bed
I dreamed that I was in the presence of the Lord
With a dozen Sago miners who had gone to their reward
And God looked down on those miners and He said:

“Who has sent My faithful servants here unbidden to My Throne?
He will answer on the Judgment Day
Who has left their grieving families heartbroken and alone?
He will answer on the Judgment Day"

Oh he will answer (he will answer) on that Judgment Day
He will answer on that Judgment Day
Oh he will answer (he will answer) on that Judgment Day
He will answer on that Judgment Day

“I have fashioned those who labor in My image,” God did say,
“And I did not call these miners home to Me
Many years I had allotted them with friends and family
Now the heavens weep to hear their orphans pray.”

You cannot serve God and mammon – if it’s mammon that you choose
You will answer on that Judgment Day
Now, what good is all your wealth if your eternal soul you lose?
You will answer on that Judgment Day

You will answer (you will answer) on that Judgment Day
You will answer on that Judgment Day
You will answer (you will answer) on that Judgment Day
You will answer on that Judgment Day

It is easier to get a camel through a needle’s eye
Than a rich man into heaven, it’s been told
Every time a human life’s cut short by avarice for gold
There will be a day of judgment bye and bye

If you’ve garnered earthly riches and you come to heaven’s door
You will answer on that Judgment Day
To love God you must renounce your wealth and share it with the poor, or
You will answer on that Judgment Day

You will answer (you will answer) on that Judgment Day
You will answer on that Judgment Day
You will answer (you will answer) on that Judgment Day
You will answer on that Judgment Day

Originally posted to dosaybe on Sat Sep 19, 2009 at 11:49 AM PDT.


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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    (Angry)CHRISTIAN:One who believes the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. Ambrose Bierce

    by dosaybe on Sat Sep 19, 2009 at 11:49:40 AM PDT

  •  I never pass up an opportunity to (4+ / 0-)

    plug my own songs, which I'm told are "too political" to be successful.  Link in sigline.

    Songs at da web site! I was average long before it was popular.

    by Crashing Vor on Sat Sep 19, 2009 at 11:56:26 AM PDT

  •  Well I'd Offer Some From My Celtic Trad (3+ / 0-)
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    Over the Edge, Crashing Vor, catchaz

    home genre, but a lot of my favorites are more focused on what you do after the political process breaks down, and then on what you do after what you did about that is finished.

    To be more upbeat, there must be tons of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie songs some based on folk songs. Did Peter, Paul and the late Mary do any political activism songs? They certainly did some excellent social commentary ones.

    None of Seeger's was more famous than "We Will Overcome" that he sang to a gathering including MLKing and Ralph Abernathy in the late 50's, changing the verb to "Shall."

    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 Sat Sep 19, 2009 at 12:20:28 PM PDT

  •  a couple of my faves: (1+ / 0-)
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    "We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart." - Blaise Pascal

    by Dixie Liberal on Sat Sep 19, 2009 at 01:38:45 PM PDT

  •  5 Million Ways to Kill a CEO (2+ / 0-)
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    dosaybe, FrankCornish

    (search youtube if the link doesn't work, it's there.)

    a band called "the Coup." The singer is now in a new band called "Street Sweeper Social Scene."

    i'm 47, and protest music has always been religious music to me, from Marvin Gaye to Kurt Cobain and on to today. after hearing what the young folks are up to these days I have reached an unmistakable conclusion:
    the kids are alright

    viva la revolution

    This White House is way different. It's better! ~Rachel Maddow

    by catchaz on Sat Sep 19, 2009 at 02:40:53 PM PDT

  •  Leonard Cohen (1+ / 0-)
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    Democracy is Coming to the USA!!

    New video mashup to an old great song.

    You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

    by FrankCornish on Sat Sep 19, 2009 at 02:48:03 PM PDT

  •  Smash the Control Machine (1+ / 0-)
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    from the brilliant "poetic, and very pissed off" Otep.


    Then they outsourced my job
    And gave a raise to my boss

    Bailed out the banks
    But billed me for the loss

    They say we must submit
    And be one with the Machine

    Because the Kingdom of Fear
    Needs compliance to succeed

    So waterboard the kids for fun
    it's all the rage

    And play born-again American
    Resistance is the game

    Work, buy, consume, die

    Happy little slaves for minimum wage

    This White House is way different. It's better! ~Rachel Maddow

    by catchaz on Sat Sep 19, 2009 at 02:53:20 PM PDT

  •  I LOVE MUSIC!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    Both of my parents were DJ's and my father owned a record store when I was growing up. It was a great childhood. We rarely watched tv, my parents would open a bottle of wine (grape juice for us) and we would spend the evenings listening to music. I was born in the 70's but by the time I was ten I knew just about every artist and song from the 1940's to new music before it even hit the airwaves. My husband is also a DJ and we have tried to continue the tradition with our own daughters. I honestly believe that all that music helped shape the way I see the world. I think I had insights into the struggles of minorities, women and the working class at a very young age that I may not have had otherwise.

    Anyway, I don't know how in put video on here but I will leave some lyrics from a song that came out during the last presidential campaign. I live in a very republican neighborhood and I found this song gave me a little extra courage to go out and try to convince my conservative neighbors that it's time for change (and they must have agreed as Obama won Indiana!!) The song is by John Legend and it is called "If You're Out There". I'm sure you can find video on youtube.

    If you hear this message
    Wherever you stand
    I'm calling every woman
    Calling every man

    We're the generation
    We can't afford to wait
    The future started yesterday
    And we're already late

    No more broken promises
    No more call to war
    Unless it's love and peace that
    We're really fighting for

    We can destroy hunger
    We can conquer hate
    Put down the arms and raise your voice
    We're joining hands today

    I was looking for a song to sing
    Searched for a leader
    But the leader was me
    We were looking for the world to change
    We can be heroes
    Just go on and say
    If you're out there
    Sing along with me if you're out there
    I'm dying to believe that you're out there
    Stand up and say it loud if you're out there
    Tomorrow's starting now

    That's not the whole song but you get the idea. The line "Searched for a leader, but the leader was me" is my favorite and made me feel like one person could really make a difference.


  •  Another very important CD to me (0+ / 0-)

    came from Green Day and I believe sums up the Bush years better than most. It was released at a time when people were still afraid to speak out and I believe it was very brave for a band who had gone very mainstream (and was so well known) to risk it all for the sake of speaking truth, which had become very hard to come by in those years. Here are some lyrics from two of their songs....


    Sieg Heil to the president Gasman
    Bombs away is your punishment
    Pulverize the Eiffel towers
    Who critisize your government
    Bang, bang goes the broken glass and
    Kill all the fags that don't agree
    Trials by fire, setting fire
    Is not a way that's meant for me


    Don't want to be an American idiot
    Don't want a nation under the new mania
    Can you hear the sound of hysteria?
    The subliminal mind fuck America

    Well maybe I'm the faggot America
    I'm not part of a redneck agenda
    Now everybody do the propaganda
    And sing along to the age of paranoia

    Don't want to be an American idiot
    One nation controlled by the media
    Information age of hysteria
    It's calling out to idiot America

    Welcome to a new kind of tension
    All across the alien nation
    Where everything isn't meant to be ok


    City of the dead
    At the end of another lost highway
    Signs misleading to nowhere
    City of the damned
    Lost children with dirty faces today
    No one really seems to care

    Everyone is so full of shit
    Born and raised by hypocrites
    Hearts recycled but never saved
    From the cradle to the grave
    We are the kids of war and peace
    From Anaheim to the middle east
    We are the stories and disciples of
    The Jesus of Suburbia
    Land of make believe
    That don't believe in me
    And I don't believe
    And I don't care

    To live, and not to breathe
    Is to die in tradgedy
    To run, to run away
    To find what you believe
    And I leave behind
    This hurricane of fucking lies

    I lost my faith to this
    This town that don't exist

    The city of the damned can be many different places both here and abroad, but everytime I hear it I think of New Orleans and the end of those lost highways under water.

  •  Here are two of my favorites... (1+ / 0-)
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    Hundreds of singers and bands have covered "The Times They Are A Changin'" since Bob Dylan wrote it in 1964. But my favorite version (with apologies to Dylan fans) is the one by Phil Collins. I love the way it starts slowly and quietly with just piano accompaniment  and then builds, adding a keyboard and simple drum beat, then finally swells into a full-blown rock anthem. It reminds me how movements build -- slowly and quietly at first, then picking up steam until they are unstoppable.

    Another favorite started in 1982 not as a political song as much as a commentary on the excesses and sensationalism of tabloid media. Today, however, I unfailingly think of it as the "Fox News Theme Song." Most telling are the lyrics:

    Dirty little secrets,
    dirty little lies
    We got our dirty little fingers
    in everybody's pies
    Love to cut you down to size
    We love Dirty Laundry
    We can do the innuendo
    We can dance and sing
    When it's said and done
    We haven't told you a thing
    We all know that crap is king
    Give us Dirty Laundry

    It is, of course, Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry."

    Although Fox News didn't even exist when this song was written, it presaged the coming of Fox-style "reporting" so well that when he performs it today, Henley often dedicates either to Rupert Murdoch or Bill O'Reilly.

    •  wow i didn't imagine (0+ / 0-)

      (Angry)CHRISTIAN:One who believes the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. Ambrose Bierce

      by dosaybe on Sun Sep 20, 2009 at 02:09:13 PM PDT

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