Tag Archives: Lyrics

Kimya Dawson knows from where protest must burst: At the Seams.

Kimya Dawson not only nailed the essence of protests for #BlackLivesMatter. She knew in which direction the protest marches needed to push. Toward our system’s seams. If you are having trouble finding the lyrics of her song about HANDS UP … Continue reading

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CMA–Hillbilly Nobel Prize

Or maybe not. I mean, Country Music isn’t definitively inferior to Rock or whatever. The vast majority of music doesn’t last one human lifetime, and a lot of what does survive really shouldn’t have. And I don’t hate southerners, or … Continue reading

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A song about building the American Dream, railroads, towers, war, then being tossed aside to beg for change

Most Americans know the lyrics of this depression-era song. Now they know what it was about.   They used to tell me I was building a dream, and so I followed the mob, When there was earth to plow, or … Continue reading

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Love is the Reason, with grammatical advice, from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

I once saw a British TV spot for Hamlet Cigars which featured an oddball posing in a photo booth, but so endearingly. For years on, when asked to smile, I affected his toothy grimace, thinking my rendition channeled but transcended … Continue reading

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Love me I’m a Liberal – Phil Ochs

“In every American community you have varying degrees of shadiness. One of the shadiest of these is the Liberals. Ten degrees to the left of center in good times, Ten degrees to the right of center if it affects them … Continue reading

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John B. Spencer’s lost Christmas lyric for Will Your House Be Blessed?

Gathering songs for a Christmas compilation, I went looking through different versions of “Will This House be Blessed?” by John B. Spencer. While the forgiveness spirit is in keeping with the season, everyone else’s cover lacked whatever it was I … Continue reading

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