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Hurricane Relief Song: Big Muddy (MP3)

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Joe Offer 15 Sep 05 - 03:31 PM
GUEST,Ed Silberman 16 Sep 05 - 06:29 PM
yrlancslad 18 Sep 05 - 10:55 PM
Joe Offer 22 Sep 05 - 03:36 PM
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Subject: MP3 Add: The Damn Fool Took Four Days
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Sep 05 - 03:31 PM

Last Saturday night at the Festival of the Sea in San Francisco, Ed Silberman and Lani Herrmann cornered me and asked me for help in distributing a recording they made of a song Ed wrote about the Bush Administration's response (or lack of response) to Hurricane Katrina. They want to make this a fundraising effort for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Their recording is available for download here (click).

The download is free of charge to anyone who has donated five dollars or more to the hurricane relief effort. If you haven't donated yet, you may download if you promise to donate $5 or more to the American Red Cross or the American Friends Service Committee or other worthy hurricane relief effort. If you download and don't donate, your conscience will haunt you in the wee hours, every night until you make a donation.

The song is called "The Damn Fool Took Four Days," lyrics by Ed Silberman and tune by Pete Seeger (used with permission from Pete), © Seeger/Silberman, 2005. Recording is by Ed Silberman & the Outraged (Faith Petric, Shana Winokur, Lani Herrmann, Arlene Immerman, and Claire Sherman; with David Brown, Banjo). You can hear many of these singers on the In Harmony's Way CD.

Great work, Ed!!!

-Joe Offer-

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Subject: Lyr Add: THE DAMN FOOL TOOK THREE DAYS (Silberman/
From: GUEST,Ed Silberman
Date: 16 Sep 05 - 06:29 PM

I have written a new lyric for "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" about the Bush administration's response to the Katrina disaster. It is called "The Damn Fool took Four Days". A CD recording is available from me, as well as an MP3 at Mudcat (see the entry "MP3 ADD The Damn Fool Took Three Days, September 15, Joe Offer" -above). I'm selling the CD for a suggested $5 donation to the American Red Cross. Please send checks to me at 6527 Whitney Street Oakland CA 94609. Likewise if you are going to download from this site please send a check to the relief agency of your choice when you do. You can use the download time to write out the check. Inquiries about the song can be made at The lyrics are printed below. I am gratefully appreciative to Pete Seeger for permission to use his song this way.

(lyrics by Ed Silberman, music by Pete Seeger)

Oh the wind was raging and the water was rising and the sky was dark and mean
And when the lake broke through the levee, such a sight I've never seen
People were crying, people were dying, people walking 'round in a haze
We were knee deep in the big muddy and the damn fool took four days

People were looting, people were rooting through the shelves for whatever they could find
If you had money you got out of town but the poor folk got left behind
In the land of plenty our stomachs were empty, we looked for a helping hand
We were waist deep in the big muddy and the damn fool took four days

Well I don't claim to know the answers, no I don't claim to have plan
But when a person has the title of Chief you're relying on that man
My house was a ruin, my neighbors were dead, I thought help was on the way
We were neck in the big muddy and the damn fool took four days

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Subject: RE: Hurricane Relief Song: Big Muddy (MP3)
From: yrlancslad
Date: 18 Sep 05 - 10:55 PM

Really glad this has a chance of getting out to a wider audience, and for such a good cause too. Heard it the afternoon Ed penned it and thought it was great.
Good luck with it ED, I hope you "sell" a million!

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Subject: RE: Hurricane Relief Song: Big Muddy (MP3)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Sep 05 - 03:36 PM

Refreshing, isn't it?

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