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    Political song spin off

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    These are two James McMurty songs, what do you all think about the message the song writer/singer is trying to get across. Do you agree? Disagree? Why?

    "G-d Bless America "

    Look yonder comin', mercy me
    Three wise men in a SUV
    Corporate logo on the side
    Air-conditioned quiet ride

    That thing don't run on french fry grease
    That thing don't run on love and peace
    Takes gasoline make that thing go
    Now bring your hands up nice and slow

    Take us to the land of milk and honey
    Sing and dance all night long
    Whatcha gonna do with all that money
    Whatcha gonna do when that money's all gone

    Negotiation's just no fun
    And it don't serve our interests none
    Gonna turn up the heat till it comes to a boil
    So we can go get that Arab oil

    And we'll suck it all up through the barrel of a gun
    Everyday's the end of days for some
    Republicans don't cut and run
    Tell me ain't you proud of what we've done

    Take us to the land of milk and honey
    Sing and dance all night long
    Whatcha gonna do with all that money
    Whatcha gonna do when that money's all gone

    You keep talking that shit like I never heard
    Hush, little President, don't say a word
    When the rapture comes and the angels sing
    G-d's gonna buy you a diamond ring

    Take us to the land of milk and honey
    Sing and dance all night long
    Whatcha gonna do with all that money
    Whatcha gonna do when that money's all gone




    "We Can't Make it Here"

    Vietnam Vet with a cardboard sign
    Sitting there by the left turn line
    Flag on the wheelchair flapping in the breeze
    One leg missing, both hands free
    No one's paying much mind to him
    The V.A. budget's stretched so thin
    And there's more comin' home from the Mideast war
    We can't make it here anymore

    That big ol' building was the textile mill
    It fed our kids and it paid our bills
    But they turned us out and they closed the doors
    We can't make it here anymore

    See all those pallets piled up on the loading dock
    They're just gonna set there till they rot
    'Cause there's nothing to ship, nothing to pack
    Just busted concrete and rusted tracks
    Empty storefronts around the square
    There's a needle in the gutter and glass everywhere
    You don't come down here 'less you're looking to score
    We can't make it here anymore

    The bar's still open but man it's slow
    The tip jar's light and the register's low
    The bartender don't have much to say
    The regular crowd gets thinner each day

    Some have maxed out all their credit cards
    Some are working two jobs and living in cars
    Minimum wage won't pay for a roof, won't pay for a drink
    If you gotta have proof just try it yourself Mr. CEO
    See how far 5.15 an hour will go
    Take a part time job at one of your stores
    Bet you can't make it here anymore

    High school girl with a bourgeois dream
    Just like the pictures in the magazine
    She found on the floor of the laundromat
    A woman with kids can forget all that
    If she comes up pregnant what'll she do
    Forget the career, forget about school
    Can she live on faith? live on hope?
    High on Jesus or hooked on dope
    When it's way too late to just say no
    You can't make it here anymore

    Now I'm stocking shirts in the Wal-Mart store
    Just like the ones we made before
    'Cept this one came from Singapore
    I guess we can't make it here anymore

    Should I hate a people for the shade of their skin
    Or the shape of their eyes or the shape I'm in
    Should I hate 'em for having our jobs today
    No I hate the men sent the jobs away
    I can see them all now, they haunt my dreams
    All lily white and squeaky clean
    They've never known want, they'll never know need
    Their sh@# don't stink and their kids won't bleed
    Their kids won't bleed in the da$% little war
    And we can't make it here anymore

    Will work for food
    Will die for oil
    Will kill for power and to us the spoils
    The billionaires get to pay less tax
    The working poor get to fall through the cracks
    Let 'em eat jellybeans let 'em eat cake
    Let 'em eat sh$%, whatever it takes
    They can join the Air Force, or join the Corps
    If they can't make it here anymore

    And that's how it is
    That's what we got
    If the president wants to admit it or not
    You can read it in the paper
    Read it on the wall
    Hear it on the wind
    If you're listening at all
    Get out of that limo
    Look us in the eye
    Call us on the cell phone
    Tell us all why

    In Dayton, Ohio
    Or Portland, Maine
    Or a cotton gin out on the great high plains
    That's done closed down along with the school
    And the hospital and the swimming pool
    Dust devils dance in the noonday heat
    There's rats in the alley
    And trash in the street
    Gang graffiti on a boxcar door
    We can't make it here anymore
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    Those are some powerful songs, reminds me of Billy Joel's Allentown and Springsteen's My Home Town, only a little more in-your-face.

    These are the protest songs of today. Back in the 60s, the protest songs were part of the movement that brought an end to the Viet nam conflict, or at least an end to our involvement in it. Maybe these songs will hasten the end of the situations they describe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eelo View Post
    Those are some powerful songs, reminds me of Billy Joel's Allentown and Springsteen's My Home Town, only a little more in-your-face.

    These are the protest songs of today. Back in the 60s, the protest songs were part of the movement that brought an end to the Viet nam conflict, or at least an end to our involvement in it. Maybe these songs will hasten the end of the situations they describe.
    I was talking with my Mom about that the other day how my sisters generation emulates the 60's from their hair, clothes, and even the indy music scene YET at the same time I wish they would emulate their drive to fight for what was right and just. I find it very frustrating how both my and my sisters generations for the most part do not seem to care or even if they do feel like they can not change anything.

    James McMurty is an older man, I love his music We can't make it anymore moved me to tears the first time I heard it and G-d bless America really got me thinking. I like music like this because it is an effort to shake people awake.
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    I have to go find my Country Joe and the Fish record now...you've got me in the mood for the Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag. Damn, my mom used to blare that when I was little.


    I'm scouring iTunes for the songs you just posted, the lyrics are moving but the intent is better heard with music...I'll let you know what I think after I hear them.
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    they are on itunes but you can also find the whole song on youtube if you want it

    Here is we can't make it here any more http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbWRfBZY-ng
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    While I don't necessarily agree with some of the points in the songs, I believe in free speech and the right to express yourself through music, art, poetry, writing...whatever means "you" find cathartic. Music is, I think, the best way to kind of let yourself go and put it all out there.

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