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Origins: Exploitation Blues

oldhippie 28 Oct 06 - 08:20 AM
mack/misophist 28 Oct 06 - 10:12 AM
GUEST,Richie 28 Oct 06 - 11:09 PM
oldhippie 31 Oct 06 - 06:52 PM
GUEST,Richie 31 Oct 06 - 07:37 PM
oldhippie 01 Nov 06 - 02:54 PM
oldhippie 02 Nov 06 - 05:51 PM
Charley Noble 02 Nov 06 - 09:14 PM
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oldhippie 16 Dec 06 - 10:28 PM
Charley Noble 17 Dec 06 - 01:42 PM
oldhippie 02 Feb 07 - 06:11 PM
Charley Noble 03 Feb 07 - 05:57 PM
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Subject: Origins: Exploitation Blues
From: oldhippie
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 08:20 AM

This song sounds a little like Phil Ochs lyrics, but is not in his discography. Does anybody recognize it?

"Years ago in the Belgian Congo mine
King Leopold was doing mighty fine
Working the people like a bunch of mules
He built himself a palace while they had no schools
The people they got those exploitation blues

Chorus:
Please don't burn that limosine
Don't throw tomatos at the submarine
Think of all we've done for you
You know you've just got those exploitation blues"


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Subject: RE: Origins: Exploitation Blues
From: mack/misophist
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 10:12 AM

Sounds more like Richard Fariña to me. But I don't recognize it.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Exploitation Blues
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 11:09 PM

Hi,

What source did you get the lyrics from that you posted?

Richie


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Subject: RE: Origins: Exploitation Blues
From: oldhippie
Date: 31 Oct 06 - 06:52 PM

Richie, transcribed from listening to song.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Exploitation Blues
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 31 Oct 06 - 07:37 PM

Thanks,

Who was singing the song? Where did you hear it? What style of instrumentation?

Richie


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Subject: RE: Origins: Exploitation Blues
From: oldhippie
Date: 01 Nov 06 - 02:54 PM

complete lyrics, mael vocal with guitar

EXPLOITATION BLUES


Years ago in the Belgian Congo mine
King Leopold was doing mighty fine
Working the people like a bunch of mules
He built himself a palace while they had no schools
The people they got those exploitation blues

Please don't burn that limousine
Don't throw tomatoes at the submarines
Think of all we've done for you
You know you've just got those exploitation blues

Santo Domingo everybody knows
We had a little trouble not long ago
Shouts of freedom were in the air
Democracy threatens us everywhere
So we sent them a case of those exploitation blues

Please don't burn that limousine
Don't throw tomatoes at the submarines
Think of all we've done for you
You know you've just got those exploitation blues

We freed Cuba in the Spanish American war
We gave them freedoms they never had before
We let them work for free for united fruit
Gave La Battista lots of guns to shoot
And the people they got those exploitation blues

Please don't burn that limousine
Don't throw tomatoes at the submarines
Think of all we've done for you
You know you've just got those exploitation blues

We helped those dirty peasants in Vietnam
We gave them poison gas and napalm bombs
We gave them a chance to fight our war
But they don't seem to love us anymore
I guess they just got those exploitation blues

Please don't burn that limousine
Don't throw tomatoes at the submarines
Think of all we've done for you
You know you've just got those exploitation blues


The whole world hates me and I just don't know why
I give them aid and trade and apple pie
I give their countries a pint of blood
Take back a quart and leave them in the mud
And the people they got those exploitation blues

Please don't burn that limousine
Don't throw tomatoes at the submarines
Think of all we've done for you
You know you've just got those exploitation blues


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Subject: RE: Origins: Exploitation Blues
From: oldhippie
Date: 02 Nov 06 - 05:51 PM

lyrics above are transcribed from listening to song, it was copied from a reel to reel tape that had no info on song titles/artists. I don't know who is singing it, hoping that someone here has heard it before and can identify who recorded it. I'm guessing its 1970s vintage.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Exploitation Blues
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Nov 06 - 09:14 PM

I wouldn't be surprised to find this one printed in a copy of Broadsides Magazine, edited by Sis Cunningham and Gordon Freiser.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Origins: Exploitation Blues
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Nov 06 - 09:16 PM

That should be Gordon "Friesen".


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Subject: RE: Origins: Exploitation Blues
From: oldhippie
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 10:28 PM

Somebody must have heard this song before, refresh.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Exploitation Blues
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 01:42 PM

Oldhippie-

Yes, but my collection of Braodside Magazines are even more buried than the last thing I retrieved for you. Have you no mercy?

Seriously, are you putting together a songbook or are you just curious about old topical songs?

Expoitation Blues is not in HARD HITTING SONGS FOR HARD-HIT PEOPLE and it's not listed in the Index of the early Broadside Magazine #1 to 25, Feb. 1962 to Apr. 1963.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Origins: Exploitation Blues
From: oldhippie
Date: 02 Feb 07 - 06:11 PM

This mystery has been solved. The writer/singer was "Bill Frederick", recorded on LP "Hey, Hey, LBJ" in 1967. I heard from the artist, now singing under his real name, Fred Stanton.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Exploitation Blues
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 05:57 PM

Thanks for the update.

Charley Noble


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