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Political Music 2008

Alice 28 Sep 08 - 09:06 PM
Genie 29 Sep 08 - 12:13 AM
Genie 29 Sep 08 - 01:26 AM
Alice 29 Sep 08 - 10:00 AM
reggie miles 29 Sep 08 - 08:03 PM
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reggie miles 01 Oct 08 - 01:23 AM
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Desert Dancer 01 Oct 08 - 07:12 PM
Sandra in Sydney 01 Oct 08 - 07:58 PM
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Subject: BS: Political Music 2008
From: Alice
Date: 28 Sep 08 - 09:06 PM

Ok I put this in BS because it is from Jib Jab

to the tune of "The Times They Are A Changin"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adc3MSS5Ydc


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Subject: RE: BS: Political Music 2008
From: Genie
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 12:13 AM

Thanks for the link.   I'd still say the thread belongs above "the line," though. Especially with such a generic thread title, which is likely to attract more songs that focus on politics.

G


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Subject: RE: Political Music 2008
From: Genie
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 01:26 AM

Another goodie:
Defenders Of Marriage (Roy Zimmerman).


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Subject: RE: Political Music 2008
From: Alice
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 10:00 AM

Thanks for that Roy Zimmerman link. Just listened to "Dick Cheney". Roy is great.


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Subject: RE: Political Music 2008
From: reggie miles
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 08:03 PM

This spring I completed a recording of all original political songs. You can listen to two minute clips of the songs on my "War Mongerin' Man" cd at CD Baby. Or listen to complete versions of the songs on "War Mongerin' Man" at the EZ Folk website.

Enjoy!


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Subject: RE: Political Music 2008
From: reggie miles
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 08:10 PM

Hmm, that link maker would not accept all of the characters in the address. Is it limited to only a certain number of characters? Let's see if I can fix it myself.

"War Mongerin' Man" at EZ Folk


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Subject: RE: Political Music 2008
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 03:21 PM

Reggie,

I am just now listening and I love what I'm hearing. LOVE and LMAO at F-R-E-E! Well said/done! That homemade guitar sounds gorgeous, too.

Thanks for the links.

kat


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Subject: Lyr Add: WALL STREET BAILOUT BLUES
From: reggie miles
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 01:23 AM

Thanks kat! I just wrote a new one. I'm calling it,

"Wall Street Bail Out Blues"

Everybody's talkin' 'bout
The economic downturn
Who's getting' bailed out
And who's gonna get burned

Wall Street millionaire
Vultures comin' home to roost
Want more corporate welfare
And their golden parachutes

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
Bear Stearns and AIG
A blank check is all they lack
For their next spending spree

Everybody's talkin' 'bout
The stock market crashin' down
Who's gonna get a handout
And who they're gonna let drown

Fat cats with hats in hand
Swimmin' in toxic debt
A little help is all they ask, and
700 billion should cover it

They're cryin' help me Main Street
Our market shares are fallin' fast
You may be losin' your house next week
But we're all about to lose our ass

Everybody's talkin' 'bout
The 2008 recession
Who's lost everything
And who's gonna take possession

They need cash to make it right
To fuel their speculation
Free from any oversight
And any regulation

We all know who the real losers are
You can see them very clear
You won't have to look so far
Just check out any mirror

Everybody's talkin' 'bout
The credit crunch crisis
Who's down for the count
And who's gonna survive this

Welcome to the plutocracy
Government by and for the rich
Who made this mess for all to see
Thank George that son of a bitch

Will the greedy kings of Wall Street
Run out of credit this time
Or will they keep panhandlin' Main Street
Hey buddy can you spare a dime

Everybody's talkin' 'bout
Our financial situation
I guess it don't apply to me
In my present occupation

When you ain't got nothin'
There's nothin' left to lose
That's why I'm sittin' here singin'
These Wall Street bail out blues


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Subject: RE: Political Music 2008
From: reggie miles
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 01:25 AM

Hey, with Bush about to leave, where am I gonna get fodder like this for my next cd of political songs?


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Subject: RE: Political Music 2008
From: Genie
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 02:08 AM

Another good 'un, Reggie! *g*

Oh, and as much I realize a Palin/McCain administration [sic] would be great fodder, I'd forgo a modicum of that political Miles magic to have the slightly less humorous Obama/Biden team win. (Of course, if Joe Biden keeps saying stuff like that President FDR, when the stock market crashed in 1929, went on TV to speak to the American people and reassure them ...,
well, you just might get a few comic songs from him, too.)

G


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Subject: RE: Political Music 2008
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 07:12 PM

NPR has an item on the topic: Political Songs: Beyond 'Obama Girl'.

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Political Music 2008
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 07:58 PM

Reggie, Sydney songwriter John Dengate thought the same when a state politician left public life years ago, but he still found enough targets for what one of his admirers called his 'poison-tipped pun and the metaphor to the groin".

keep writing!

sandra


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Subject: RE: Political Music 2008
From: reggie miles
Date: 02 Oct 08 - 05:49 PM

Thanks Genie,

I forgot about that Biden slip and you're right, Palin seems like a natural target. Once the bright lights start shining it's an easy thing to slip up. I've done it countless times while on stage. There will probably be a treasure trove of new stuff to write about whoever gets elected.

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Thanks Sandra,

My frequent visits with everyone posting here at The Mudcat Cafe have been the inspiration for more than one of my songs.

I'll keep plunkin' away at my keyboard, one finger at a time,
and scratchin' down anything and everything that comes to mind, until I can make sense of it all or give up tryin'
to answer this riddle with a little rhythm and rhyme.

Reg


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Subject: RE: Political Music 2008
From: reggie miles
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 07:54 PM

Here's a heads up. I was singing on the street at our Pike Place Market in Seattle last Friday, when I was approached by the acting Market Master. She asked if I would allow a film crew to use some of my music for a commercial that they were going to produce. The project was to raise awareness to the voters in the area about a proposition measure on this year's ballot. The measure will help to find funds for much needed repair and restoration of the Market's substructures. I agreed to help and offered my bottleneck slide blues version of "51 Highway Blues" and my musical saw version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". After they had finished filming, I continued to busk, offering my latest song, "Wall Street Bail Out Blues". The crew liked the lyrics and reaction that listeners gave me so much that they offered to film that song and place it on YouTube for me. I'll post a link to it as soon as they've got it posted there.


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Subject: RE: Political Music 2008
From: reggie miles
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 10:21 PM

I've tweaked the lyrics a little since the filming of this song (about a week ago) on October 3rd but it's still essentially the same. Though the rendition on the video is a little primitive, due to the fact that I had only played the song a few times before the crew captured this take, I think the spirit of this video is strong enough to convey the message and intent. I'm happy to have it out there for everyone to hear.

I hope you'll enjoy this video of me playing my newest song, "Wall Street Bail Out Blues", on the street Pike Place Market in Seattle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCdWEHqZJuw

Reg


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Subject: Video: "Don't Cry For Me, Sarah Palin"
From: Genie
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 12:45 PM

This thread got labeled "BS" even though it's a link to a music video.    I'd say it belongs in the Lyrics and Knowledge section, but since it's not right now, here's the link:
Hockey Mama For Obama ("Don't Cry For Me, Sarah Palin")


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Subject: Lyr Add: A TRUER SHADE OF BLUE
From: Acorn4
Date: 10 Nov 08 - 01:27 PM

Don't often delve into the murky world of politics, but penned this one of the advent of New Labour. To the tune of the old Procul Harem classic:-

A TRUER SHADE OF BLUE

1.When you were young and in your prime,
Your belly full of rage and fire,
You stood out with Totsky on the barricades,
That little red book there to inspire you,
And that poster of Che Guevara
It hung on your wall for years.
You thought you were going to change the world,
And watch it all come crashing down around their ears.

But now the years have flown by so quickly
And it's strange but oh so true
That flag once red with the workers' blood
Now flies a truer shade of blue.

2. You were the young icon of the left,
You argued deep, deep into the night,
No clouds could block your vision,
The truth was there is black and white,
And you wore Fidel Castro's cap,
It sat squarely on your head,
Now you speak in hushed voices
Along the corridors of power,
Some day you'll be a minister it's said,

And now Maggie Thatcher's knickers,
They seem the perfect fit for you,
As they hang out on your washing line,
In a truer shade of blue.

3. You've gotten power, you've gotten image,
You've protected and survived alright,
But now you worry about those demons,
And things that might go bump in the night.
You want a good school for your children,
You want investments that will grow;
As you drifted to the middle of the road
And onto the other side,
Safe within that comfort zone..

And as you find yourself saying
Tht things you said you'd never say,
Just like your parents used to do,
And the political litmus paper
Has turned a truer shade of blue.

4. Your feet are firmly on the ladder,
You're a winner in the game
You joined the congregation,
You even sing in the choir,
That revolution never came anyway,
But sometimes through the opium you catch
A glimpse in the mirror,
Reflecting those long gone far off days.
You say it was part of a natural progression
All just a passing phase..

And as you contemplate power dressing
For that important interview,
Glad that you've been "born again"
In a truer shade of blue.

With apologies to anyone who was eating while reading about Mrs T's knickers and a reminder to those in the US that the political colours are reversed over here , blue meaning the "right wing" party.


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