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Lyr Req: Anthem (Hello People)

Rodney Rawlings 17 Jun 97 - 01:42 PM
GUEST,Jie Fei China 16 Apr 08 - 07:34 PM
GUEST,999 04 Sep 12 - 08:37 PM
ChanteyLass 04 Sep 12 - 09:09 PM
cnd 17 Aug 15 - 10:53 PM
Joe Offer 19 Aug 15 - 04:45 AM
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Subject: Anthem by Hello People
From: Rodney Rawlings
Date: 17 Jun 97 - 01:42 PM

Does anyone know anything at all about a 60s group called The Hello People that went on TV and did an anti-draft song called ANTHEM, inspired by Ayn Rand's individualistic novelette of the same name and containing the words:

I'm going to prison so I can be free ...
There's nothing I'd die for ...
I've got something to live for - what about you?

It was a so-so song, but for some reason I've remembered it sometimes wonder what ever became of the group.


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Subject: RE: Anthem by Hello People
From: GUEST,Jie Fei China
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 07:34 PM

Nihau from China Rodney, I was about 12 years old when I first heard (and saw) The Hello People perform Anthem on The Smothers Brothers Show. Living in fear of being drafted in the Viet Nam War, I was so moved by the song I wept and bought the 45 single the next day. I still love the song and still perform it, myself, sometimes.
I hope this helps, Jeff


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anthem (Hello People)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 04 Sep 12 - 08:37 PM

http://www.antiwarsongs.org/canzone.php?id=27483&lang=it

The complete lyrics are there, adapted by Barbara Dane from The Hello People. You can see/hear THP doing the song on Youtube.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anthem (Hello People)
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 04 Sep 12 - 09:09 PM

I liked The Hello People, and Anthem was my favorite of their songs. I watched them on Dick Cavett's old morning TV show. They were frequent guests. You might want to read a little more about the group and the songwriter on this website.
http://www.thecoolgroove.com/hello.html
This video, with the intro by the Smothers Brothers, is pretty good.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2MiODsMY30


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Subject: Lyr Add: ANTHEM (Hello People)
From: cnd
Date: 17 Aug 15 - 10:53 PM

Lyrics:

They say I was born in the lend of the free.
But the home of the briefcase is all I can see.
With our houses and highways, we've covered the land,
But our freedom's a fable, if our conscience is banned.

So I'm going to prison so I can be free!
I'm going to prison for what I believe.
I've got something I'll die for,
What else can they do?
I've got something to live for,
And how about you?

From the Bureau of Justice the directives have come
To send out the G-men, round up everyone
Who puts human beings ahead of the state,
And who's preaching that love is better than hate.

So I'm going to prison so I can be free!
I'm going to prison for what I believe.
I've got something I'll die for,
What else can they do?
I've got something to live for,
And how about you?

Some call me a coward, some call me a fool.
The Daily News calls me a communist tool.
But I know you're my buddy, so you'lI understand
I'll be true to myself, or I can't be a man.

So I'm going to prison so I can be free!
I'm going to prison for what I believe.
I've got something I'll die for,
What else can they do?
I've got something to live for,
And how about you?

Video


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Subject: ADD: Anthem (Wrightson 'Sonny' Tongue)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Aug 15 - 04:45 AM

I hear a few things differently. Here's my attempt at a transcription. I think this must be a different source from the source of the transcription above, since the lyrics are quite different in some places.

ANTHEM
(Wrightson 'Sonny' Tongue)

They say I was born in the land of the free.
But the home of the briefcase is all I can see.
With fine houses and highways, we covered the land,
But our freedom's a fable, if the conscience is banned.

So I'm going to prison for what I believe.
I'm going to prison so I can be free!
I've got something I'll die for,
What else can they do?
I've got something to live for,
What about you?

From official sources directives have come
To send out the marshals, round up everyone
Who's worshiping God instead of the state,
Who preaches that love is better than hate.

So I'm going to prison so I can be free!
I'm going to prison for what I believe.
I've got something I'll die for,
What else can they do?
I've got something to live for,
And how about you?

Some call me a coward, some call me a fool.
The Daily News calls me a communist tool.
But I know you're my buddy, so you'lI understand
I'll be true to myself, or I can't be a man.

So I'm going to prison for what I believe.
I'm going to prison so I can be free!
I've got something I'll die for,
What else can they do?
I've got something to live for,
What about you?


Video attributes the song to Wrightson "Sonny" Tongue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2MiODsMY30

Performed by Hello People on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, aired Feb 23, 1969


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anthem (Hello People)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Aug 15 - 05:05 AM

Also on FTA! Songs of the GI Resistance recorded by Barbara Dane in 1970 on the Paredon label.
Title: The Resistance Hymy
Tune: Patriot Game
Words: Adapted by Barbara Dane from "The Hello People"

The lyrics are the same as what cnd posted above.

-Joe-
Here's a page on the "Hello People": http://www.thecoolgroove.com/hello.html

The Hello People

One of the most unique rock groups of the 1960s, The Hello People, was created during late 1967 in New York by producer Lou Futterman. There is precious little information on this group that is available on the Internet. This is an attempt to fill that void.

The idea for creating the group stemmed from Marcel Carné's film Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis). Etienne De Crux, the father of French mime, plays the part of Bapties's father in the film. During the sixties De Crux taught painting to a group of musicians. Since these musicians learned to paint so quickly, De Crux reasoned that musicians could also learn mime and apply it in some new way to create a new form. The manager of the musicians De Crux taught, Lou Futterman, decided he would implement this new concept. He then put together a new group of musicians who would perform in mime makeup and do mime routines between songs, never speaking a word to the audience.

The original Hello People were:
W. S. "Sonny" Tongue - vocal, guitar (stage name "Country")
Greg Geddes - bass, vocal (stage name "Smoothie")
Bobby Sedita - guitar, vocal (stage name "Goodfellow")
Larry Tassi - keyboards, vocal (stage name "Much More")
Michael Sagarese - flute (stage name "Wry One")
Ronnie Blake - drums (stage name "Thump Thump")

Ronnie Blake left the group in 1968 and was replaced by George Abruzzese.

The group recorded for Philips Records, performed at the Café Wha? in Greenwich Village in 1968 and at The Players Theater, upstairs above the Café Wha? Although the group didn't have a hit record they were often seen on major network television shows such as The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and the controversial Smothers Brothers Show.

"They say I was born in the land of the free but the home of the briefcase is all I can see." —W. S. Tongue, Anthem

Sonny had done some time in prison in the mid-1960s for draft resistance. After the first record was issued by the band, Sonny concluded he'd had enough as a performer and decided to become a full-time songwriter. Peter Weston, a singer/songwriter/guitarist, replaced him in the group. They recorded a song that Sonny wrote titled Anthem that was about his imprisonment. They toured nationwide and performed at major rock venues of the time. In 1969 Anthem went on the charts in Cleveland and then the song was banned from airplay. It was also banned from airplay in Memphis and Atlanta markets. The label then pulled it from production.

The group reorganized and moved to the Los Angeles area during the early 1970s. N.D. Smart became the drummer in the band. They toured on shows with comedians Richard Pryor and George Carlin. They even appeared on a show with crooner Rudy Vallee. Both Peter Weston and Michael Sagarese left the band leaving it a four-piece group for the remainder of its days.

The Hello People became part of Todd Rundgren's touring group in the '70s. During this period George Kiernan joined the group as an extra mime performer holding signs for the group.

The Hello People continued as a group through the seventies then went their separate ways. They left a long list of recorded work, much of which is notated below.

Discography:

LP: The Hello People (Philips) 1967

Side One

  • 1. It's a Monday Kind of Tuesday
  • 2. Sunrise Meadow
  • 3. A Stranger at Her Door
  • 4. Movin' and Growin'

Side Two

  • 1. Paisley Teddy Bear
  • 2. (As, I Went Down to) Jerusalem
  • 3. Lamplight, Nightlight
  • 4. Mr. Truth Evading, Masquerading Man
  • 5. Paris in the Rain

Single: Let's Go Hide In The Forest/Disparity Waterfront Blues - (Philips 40481) - 1968
Single: A Stranger At Her Door/Paisley Teddy Bear (Philips 40522) - 1968
Single: It's A Monday Kind Of Tuesday/(As I Went Down To) Jerusalem - (Philips 40531) - 1968
Single: If I Should Sing Too Softly/Pray For Rain (Philips 40572) - 1968
Single: Anthem/Jelly Jam (Philips 40585) - 1969

LP: Fusion (Philips 80027 - PHS 600-276 Stereo) 1968

Side 1:

  • White Winged Dove
  • Anthem
  • Jelly Jam
  • If I Should Sing Too Softly
  • How Does It Feel To Be Free
Side 2:
  • Pray For Rain
  • A Dream Of Tomorrow
  • Everything's Better
  • Come And See Me
  • I Ride To Nowhere

LP: Have You Seen The Light

LP: The Handsome Devils (ABC Dunhill DSD-50184) 1974

  • 1. Future Shock
  • 2. Finger Poppin' Time
  • 3. Take The Love In Your Body
  • 4. Destiny
  • 5. Ripped Again
  • 6. Listen To Your Heart
  • 7. Creego
  • 8. Cry Baby
  • 9. Just One Victory
  • 10. How High Is The Moon
  • 11. Save A Dance For Me
Single: Future Shock/Destiny - (ABC Dunhill single D-15023) 1974

Others:

LP: Homemade With TEAC (Teac TCA 1) 1974
LP: Bricks (ABC Dunhill 882) 1975
LP: Lost At Sea
LP: Have You Seen The Light (Mediarts 41)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anthem (Hello People)
From: cnd
Date: 19 Aug 15 - 12:19 PM

Thanks Joe for all the info! In the future, I'll try and fill in people with more cool things like that!


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