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Lyr Add: Stetson Kennedy (W.Guthrie/B.Bragg)

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A PICTURE FROM LIFE'S OTHER SIDE
AS I GO RAMBLING ROUND
BELLE STARR
BOUND FOR GLORY
CLEAN-O
DEPORTEES
DO RE MI
DUST PNEUMONIA
EL DO RE MI
GAMBLER
HARD TRAVELIN'
HARD, AIN'T IT HARD
HIGHWAY 66 BLUES
I AIN'T GOT NO HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE
I'M GONNA MAIL MYSELF TO YOU
JACKHAMMER JOHN
JESUS CHRIST
JUST THE FACTS, MA'AM
LIFEBELT WASHED UP ON THE SHORE
LUDLOW MASSACRE
MEAN TALKING BLUES
MRS. ROOSEVELT
NINE HUNDRED MILES
OKLAHOMA HILLS
PASTURES OF PLENTY
POOR LAZARUS
PRETTY BOY FLOYD
RAMBLING ROUND
RANGER'S COMMAND
RED WINE
ROLL ON COLUMBIA
ROLL ON THE DAY
SHIP IN THE SKY
SO LONG IT'S BEEN GOOD TO KNOW YUH
TALKING BLUES
TALKING DUST BOWL BLUES
THE 1913 MASSACRE
THE BLINDING OF ISAAC WOODARD
THE GRAND COULEE DAM
THE LADIES' AUXILIARY
THE PHILADELPHIA LAWYER
THE SINKING OF THE REUBEN JAMES
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
THOSE BROWN EYES
TOM JOAD
UNION MAID
WHY OH WHY


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GUEST,Phil d'Conch 18 Jun 16 - 11:31 AM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 18 Jun 16 - 06:17 PM
Joe Offer 18 Jun 16 - 06:28 PM
Joe Offer 18 Jun 16 - 08:04 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Stetson Kennedy
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 18 Jun 16 - 11:31 AM

Stetson Kennedy

Woody Guthrie (w), Billy Bragg (m)

I done spent my last three cents
Mailing my letter to the president
I didn't make a show, I didn't make a dent
So I'm swinging over to this independent gent
Stetson Kennedy
Writing his name in

I cain't win out to save my soul
Long as Smathers-Dupont's got me in the hole
Them war profit boys are squawking and balking
That's what's got me out here walking and talking
Knocking on doors and windows
Wake up and run down election morning
And scribble in Stetson Kennedy

I ain't the world's best writer nor the world's best speller
But when I believe in something I'm the loudest yeller
If we fix it so's you can't make money on war
We'll all forget what we're killing folks for
We'll find us a peace job equal and free
Dump Smathers-Dupont in a salty sea
Well, this makes Stetson Kennedy the man for me


[© 2000, Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.]

YT: Billy Bragg and Wilco - Stetson Kennedy

https://www.woodyguthrie.org/Lyrics/Stetson_Kennedy.htm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Stetson Kennedy
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 18 Jun 16 - 06:17 PM

"Smathers-Dupont"

In 1950 Stetson Kennedy put himself up as a write-in candidate against Florida U.S. Senator George Smathers who had so notoriously defeated Claude "Red" Pepper in the Democrat Party primary for that office. The above is Woody Guthrie's song for the Kennedy write-in campaign and echoes much of Pepper's equally notorious counter-mudslinging against Smathers in the earlier election.

The "Dupont" actually references Smather's law firm major client, Edward Ball, executor of the Alfred I. duPont Testamentary Trust and pres. of the St. Joe Company; Henry Flagler's old railroad and hotel interests and countless other Florida & Bahama investments in sugar, lumber, railroads, real estate &c.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Stetson Kennedy
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Jun 16 - 06:28 PM

Stetson Kennedy (1916-2011) was a fascinating character. You can see him on a number of YouTube video. Here's one where he's talking about Woody Guthrie: ...oh, and take a look at "Stetson Kennedy's America":


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Stetson Kennedy (W.Guthrie/B.Bragg)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Jun 16 - 08:04 PM

After his death, Stetson's home became Beluthahatchee Park. The Beluthahatchee Park is a four (4) acre park located within the 70 acre tract of land purchased by Kennedy in 1948 after the 18 acre Beluthahatchee Lake was created by impounding Mill Creek in 1945. This lake meanders through a natural basin and is surrounded by high bluffs, currently owned by the Lake Dwellers Association, a non-profit Florida corporation formed by the lakefront residents. In 1949 the 70 acre tract was subdivided and platted by the owner/developer Stetson Kennedy who recorded the restrictive covenants setting aside land in perpetuity as a wildlife refuge, and stipulating that residential construction be consistent with the developer's goal of "serving as a working demonstration that human and natural habitat need not be mutually exclusive, but can coexist in harmony."



In October 2011, Dr. Paul Ortiz gave a memorial presentation in Gainesville titled Stetson Kennedy's America. Kennedy's widow, Sandra Parks Kennedy, speaks at the end of the presentation. At about 1:05, Mrs. Kennedy tells the story of Beluthahatchee, a term Zora Neale Hurston heard from Florida African-Americans in the 1930s to describe a mythical place where discord is resolved. Kennedy sold his home to the county, and it is now a park. He gave his books to the Civic Media Center in Gainesville.


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