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Lyr Add: Here's to the State of Mississippi (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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Greg F. 26 Oct 09 - 10:47 AM
Mrrzy 26 Oct 09 - 05:34 PM
Azizi 26 Oct 09 - 06:05 PM
bobad 26 Oct 09 - 07:34 PM
GUEST,Gerry 26 Oct 09 - 08:23 PM
Tigger the Tiger 12 Nov 11 - 05:20 PM
GUEST,Gerry 12 Nov 11 - 09:14 PM
Tigger the Tiger 13 Nov 11 - 05:00 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: HERE'S TO THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI (Ochs)
From: Greg F.
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 10:47 AM

HERE'S TO THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
   -Phil Ochs (1963?)

1. Here's to the state of Mississippi,
For underneath her borders, the devil draws no line.
If you drag her muddy rivers, nameless bodies you will find.
Oh, the fat trees of the forest have hid a thousand crimes.
The calendar is lying when it reads the present time.

CHORUS: Oh, here's to the land you've torn out the heart of.
Mississippi, find yourself another country to be part of!

2. And here's to the people of Mississippi,
Who say the folks up north, they just don't understand,
And they tremble in the shadows at the thunder of the Klan.
Oh, the sweating of their souls can't wash the blood from off their hands,
For they smile and shrug their shoulders at the murder of a man.

3. And here's to the schools of Mississippi,
Where they're teaching all the children that they don't have to care.
All of rudiments of hatred are present everywhere,
And every single classroom is a factory of despair,
And there's nobody learning such a foreign word as fair.

4. And here's to the cops of Mississippi.
They're chewing their tobacco as they lock the prison door,
And their bellies bounce inside them when they knock you to the floor.
No, they don't like taking prisoners in their private little war,
And behind their broken badges there are murderers and more.

5. And here's to the judges of Mississippi,
Who wear the robe of honor as they crawl into the court.
They're guarding all the bastions of their phony legal fort.
Oh, justice is a stranger when the prisoners report.
When the black man stands accused, the trial is always short.

6. And here's to the government of Mississippi.
In the swamp of their bureaucracy they're always bogging down,
And criminals are posing as the mayors of the towns,
And they hope that no one sees the sights and no one hears the sounds,
And the speeches of the governor are the ravings of a clown.

7. And here's to the laws of Mississippi.
Congressmen will gather in a circus of delay.
While the Constitution's drowning in an ocean of decay.
Unwed mothers should be sterilized, I've even heard them say.
Yes, corruption can be classic in the Mississippi way.

8. And here's to the churches of Mississippi,
Where the cross, once made of silver, now is caked with rust,
And the Sunday morning sermons pander to their lust.
Oh, the fallen face of Jesus is choking in the dust,
And heaven only knows in which God they can trust.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Here's To The State of Mississippi
From: Mrrzy
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 05:34 PM

Can't believe this wasn't already there, man, what a bitter, bitter song. Love it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Here's To The State of Mississippi
From: Azizi
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 06:05 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBiAtwQZnHs&feature=related
Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddam


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Here's To The State of Mississippi
From: bobad
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 07:34 PM

Watergate inspired Phil to rewrite the song as:

Here's to the state of Richard Nixon
And Billy Graham
Where the Sunday morning sermon
Panders to their lust
And the fallen face of Jesus is chokin' in the dust
And God alone can know in which God they can trust

And here's to the government of Richard Nixon
In the swamp of their bureaucracy they're always bogging down
And criminals are posing as advisors to the crown
And they hope that no one sees the sights and no one hears the sounds
And the speeches of a Spiro are the ravings of a clown

Here's to the land you've tore out the heart of
Richard Nixon, find yourself another country to be part of.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Here's To The State of Mississippi
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 08:23 PM

The spelling is better at http://www.folkarchive.de/heresto.html, for example, "underneath," not "underheath," and "calendar," not "calender."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Here's to the State of Mississippi (Ochs)
From: Tigger the Tiger
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 05:20 PM

I believe I heard Ochs sing a verse that started with "Here's to the dogs of Mississippi"Anyone got that?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Here's to the State of Mississippi (Ochs)
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 09:14 PM

You wouldn't be thinking of Talking Birmingham Jam, which has a lot of dog in it, including "Alabama is a sovereign state/With sovereign dogs, and sovereign hate."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Here's to the State of Mississippi (Ochs)
From: Tigger the Tiger
Date: 13 Nov 11 - 05:00 AM

I remember it as in this song;he may have done this live once. I believe it was rather a strident verse,even for him. Like many performers,he probably did things live that he did not record.


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