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Thread #14386   Message #3663978
Posted By: Greg F.
26-Sep-14 - 06:41 PM
Thread Name: Origins: When I'm Gone (Phil Ochs)
Subject: RE: Origins: Phil Ochs: While I'm Here/When I'm Gone
Phil actually thought that his songs - and more importantly the information they contained- would eventuallyy convince the populace that the many wrongs in U.S. society that he identified should and could be rectified.

His suicide came about when he was finally forced to admit that wasn't the case.

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair."

                                        ― H.L. Mencken

Phil, we hardly knew ye. Rest easy.