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Origins: Santo Domingo (Phil Ochs)

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AUTOMATION SONG
BOUND FOR GLORY
CHANGES
CHORDS OF FAME
DRAFT DODGER RAG
FLOWER LADY
HILLS OF WEST VIRGINIA
I AIN'T MARCHIN' ANYMORE
I'M GOING TO SAY IT NOW
IN THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER
IS THERE ANYBODY HERE?
JIM DEAN OF INDIANA
LINKS ON THE CHAIN
LOVE ME, I'M A LIBERAL
LOVE ME, I'M A LIBERAL
NO MORE SONGS
ONE MORE PARADE
OUTSIDE OF A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
PHIL
PLEASURES OF THE HARBOR
SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
TALKING BIRMINGHAM JAM
THAT WAS THE PRESIDENT AND THAT WAS THE MAN
THAT WAS THE PRESIDENT, THAT WAS THE MAN 2
THAT'S THE WAY IT'S GONNA BE
THE POWER AND THE GLORY
THE WAR IS OVER
THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE
TOO MANY MARTYRS
WHAT'S THAT I HEAR? (FREEDOM CALLING)
WHEN I'M GONE


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Subject: Origins: Santo Domingo (Phil Ochs)
From: Mrrzy
Date: 08 Nov 07 - 11:22 AM

Did any of you know about the US invasion of the Dominican Republic in the 60's? I hadn't heard about it till I researched what this song was about...


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Subject: RE: Origins: Santo Domingo (Phil Ochs)
From: Mrrzy
Date: 08 Nov 07 - 11:23 AM

Lyrics and a link to some info are here...


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Subject: RE: Origins: Santo Domingo (Phil Ochs)
From: Peace
Date: 08 Nov 07 - 11:25 AM

"Did any of you know about the US invasion of the Dominican Republic in the 60's?"

Yes. It took place in 1965. Every single time I hear the song, "Sugar, Sugar" it brings it back.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Santo Domingo (Phil Ochs)
From: Mrrzy
Date: 08 Nov 07 - 11:27 AM

How did I miss this? My other song-y friends never heard of it either. When you look in the history of the Dom.Rep, it doesn't show anything past 1914 usually... look in Wikipedia, for example.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Santo Domingo (Phil Ochs)
From: Peace
Date: 08 Nov 07 - 11:32 AM

It was easy to miss. It helped bring Johnson into disrepute with the American media. T'was bullshit (the reasons given for the invasion), and when the media found out they'd been lied to they turned on Washington like a rabid dog. Unlike today when the media is part of the administration and willing to sell the lie FOR it.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Santo Domingo (Phil Ochs)
From: Peace
Date: 08 Nov 07 - 11:35 AM

If you are interested, you might wish to give this site a read:

http://sincronia.cucsh.udg.mx/dominican.html


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Subject: RE: Origins: Santo Domingo (Phil Ochs)
From: Mrrzy
Date: 08 Nov 07 - 12:44 PM

Thanks, peace!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Santo Domingo (Phil Ochs)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Nov 07 - 12:58 PM

For the record, here are the lyrics:

The Marines Have Landed on the Shores of Santo Domingo


By Phil Ochs

  Capo 2nd fret
Intro:Em

Em
And the crabs are crazy, they scuttle back and forth,
             D    Dsus D
The sand is burning
         C          D          C               D
And the fish take flight and scatter from the sight,
               Em
their courses turning

As the seagulls rest on the cold cannon nest
             D      Dsus D
the sea is churning.
       C          D             C       D       Em
The marines have landed on the shores of Santo Domingo.

The fishermen sweat, they're pausing at their nets, the day's a-burning
As the warships sway and thunder in the bay, loud the morning.
But the boy on the shore is throwing pebbles no more, he runs a-warning
That the the marines have landed on the shores of Santo Domingo.

The streets are still, there's silence in the hills, the town is sleeping
And the farmers yawn in the grey silver dawn, the fields they're keeping
As the first troops land and step into the sand, the flags are weeping.
The marines have landed on the shores of Santo Domingo.

The unsmiling sun is shining down upon the singing soldiers
In the cloud dust whirl they whistle at the girls, they're getting bolder
The old women sigh, think of memories gone by, they shrug their shoulders.
The marines have landed on the shores of Santo Domingo.

Ready for the tricks, their bayonets are fixed, now they are rolling
And the tanks make tracks past the trembling shacks where fear is unfolding
All the young wives afraid, turn their backs to the parade
        with babes they're holding
The marines have landed on the shores of Santo Domingo

A bullet craks the sound, the soldiers hit the ground, the sniper is callin'
So they open their guns, a thousand to one, no sense in stalling
He clutches at his head and totters on the edge, look how he's falling
The marines have landed on the shores of Santo Domingo

In the red plaza square, The crowds come to stare, the heat is leaning
And the eyes of the dead are turning every head to the widows screaming
The soldiers make a bid, giving candy to the kids, their teeth are gleaming
The marines have landed on the shores of Santo Domingo

Up and down the coad, the generals drink a toast, the wheel is spinning
And the cowards and the whores are peeking through the doors
        to see who's winning
But the traitors will pretend that it's getting near the end,
        when it's beginning
The marines have landed on the shores of Santo Domingo

The crabs are crazy, they scuttle back and forth, the sand is burning
And the fish take flight and scatter from the sight, their courses turning
As the seagulls rest on the cold cannon nest, the sea is churning
The marines have landed on the shores of Santo Domingo

Notes:

Chords supplied by Michael Flesher (via Danny Korman), and corrected by James Barnett.
Here's a non-US sanitized version of the

History of the Dominican Republic


Source: http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs/lyrics/marines-santo-domingo.html

There's a large collection of Phil Ochs lyrics here (click).


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