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Thread #13592   Message #112685
Posted By: raredance
08-Sep-99 - 11:06 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Rosin the Beau parodies
Subject: Lyr Add: LOVE ME I'M A LIBERAL (Phil Ochs)
The 60's song is Phil Ochs' "Love Me I'm A Liberal". I didn't find the lyrics in the DT, so I will add them below. The first three lines of the tune parallel "Rosin the Bow" but then the Ochs melody goes in a different direction.

LOVE ME I'M A LIBERAL (Phil Ochs, 1965)

I cried when shot Medgar Evers; tears ran down my spine.
And I cried when they shot Mister Kennedy as though I'd lost a father of mine.
But Malcolm X got what was coming, got what he asked for this time.
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal.

I go to the Civil Rights rallies, and I put down the old D.A.R.
I love Harry and Sidney and Sammy, hope every colored boy becomes a star.
But don't talk about revolution, that's going a little bit too far.
So love me....

I cheered when Humphrey was chosen; my faith in the system restored.
And I'm glad that the Commies were thrown out from the AFL-CIO Board.
And I love Puerto Ricans and Negroes, as long as they don't move next door.
So love me....

Oh the people of Old Mississippi should all hang their heads in shame.
Now I can't understand how their minds work; what's the matter, don't they watch Les Crane?
But if you ask me to bus my children, I hope the cops take down your name.
So love me...

Yes I read New Republic and Nation; I've learned to take every view.
I've memorized Lerner and Golden; I feel like I'm almost a Jew.
But when it comes to Asian guerillas, there's no one more Red, White and Blue.
So love me....

I vote for the Democratic Party; they want the UN to be strong.
I attend all the Pete Seeger concerts, he sure gets me singing those songs.
And I'll send all the money you ask for, but don't ask me to come on along.
So love me...

Sure, once I was young and impulsive; I wore every conceivable pin,
Even went to Socialist meetings, learned all the old Union hymns.
Ah, but I've grown older and wiser, and that's why I'm turning you in.
So love me....

This was originally on the "Phil Ochs In Concert" album and reappeared on the compilations "Chords of Fame" and "Farewells and Fantasies"

rich r