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Thread #112710   Message #2387953
Posted By: katlaughing
13-Jul-08 - 04:33 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Folk Song Army (Tom Lehrer)
Subject: Lyr Add: Folk Song Army - Tom Lehrer
I searched and searched. With all we have posted about and by Tom Lehrer, I was sure we'd have the lyrics to this song, but danged if I can find them. So, here we go, from THIS SITE

ARTIST: Tom Lehrer
TITLE: The Folk Song Army
Lyrics and Chords

[Capo 1]

We are the Folk Song Army
Everyone of us cares
We all hate poverty, war and injustice
Unlike the rest of you squares

/ D - G - / A7 - D - / B7 - Em - / D A7 D A7 /

There are innocuous folk songs
Yeah, but we regard 'em with scorn
The folks who sing 'em have no social conscience
Why they don't even care if Jimmy crack corn

... / A7 - D - /

If you feel dissatisfaction
Strum your frustrations away
Some people may prefer action
But give me a folk song any old day

/ F#m - C#m - / / G - D - / Em - F#7 - /

The tune doesn't have to be clever
And it don't matter if you put a couple extra syllables into a line
It sounds more ethnic if it ain't good English
And it don't even gotta rhyme - excuse me - rhyne

Remember the war against Franco
That's the kind where each of us belongs
Though he may have won all the battles
We had all the good songs

/ C# - D - / - - C# - / :

So join in the Folk Song Army
Guitars are the weapons we bring
To the fight against poverty, war, and injustice
Ready, aim, sing


I went looking for this after listening to Car Talk, today, on NPR. A young woman called in with a question about her friend's car which she has been using to travel to every state to sing her songs. While talking with her, the guys asked if she was a member of the Folk Army Song or if she sang it, then mentioned Lehrer and his song. I didn't get her name, but I think it must be Kristi Kruger. If not, then at least I've found another interesting singer-songwriter.