Category Archives: Music

Beautiful America, Land of Lesbians & Socialists

The Right-wing is in a tizzy over a Coca-Cola ad during which many people sang “America the Beautiful” in the different languages which make up the American melting pot. “Un-American” they say.

Rush Limbo started bouncing in his chair as he raged over this latest perceived insult to “his America”.

If they only knew.

“America the Beautiful” was written by Katherine Lee Bates, a professor of English at Wellesley College. If being an Eastern intellectual wasn’t bad enough, get this, Katherine was a Socialist and an active supporter of the rights of working people and women’s suffrage.

But that’s not all. Katherine Lee Bates was . . .  gosh! . .  a Lesbian!

So can you imagine what they’d say if they knew that the patriotic hymn so dear to their hearts was written by a Lesbian Socialist.

Friends, they’ll eventually find out but perhaps for their sanity and ours, we should probably keep the next little fact a secret just between us. The Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy, a Christian Socialist, who was cousin to Edward Bellamy, author of the Utopian Socialist classic “Looking Backward”.

Fact is that there were and are many patriotic Americans who are also lesbians, gays, Socialists, Anti-Capitalists, union members, immigrants, liberals, professors, students, artists, musicians, atheists, secularists, Buddhists and so forth. Get used to it, we’re not going anywhere.

Pete Seeger 1919-2014 R.I.P.

A great man, an icon of the age, has passed away. It is with great sadness that we report that Pete Seeger has died. Please take a look at the Seeger Appreciation Page at http://www.peteseeger.net/index.html

PHIL OCHS: Love Me I’m a Liberal

Dedicated to all the good Liberals who continue to believe that Obama is one of us

I cried when they shot Medgar Evers
Tears ran down my spine
I cried when they shot Mr. Kennedy
As though I’d lost a father of mine
But Malcolm X got what was coming
He got what he asked for this time
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I go to civil rights rallies
And I put down the old D.A.R.
I love Harry and Sidney and Sammy
I hope every colored boy becomes a star
But don’t talk about revolution
That’s going a little bit too far
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I cheered when Humphrey was chosen
My faith in the system restored
I’m glad the Commies were thrown out
of the A.F.L. C.I.O. board
I love Puerto Ricans and Negroes
as long as they don’t move next door
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

The people of old Mississippi
Should all hang their heads in shame
I can’t understand how their minds work
What’s the matter don’t they watch Les Crane ?
But if you ask me to bus my children
I hope the cops take down your name
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I read New Republic and Nation
I’ve learned to take every view
You know, I’ve memorized Lerner and Golden
I feel like I’m almost a Jew
But when it comes to times like Korea
There’s no one more red, white and blue
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I vote for the Democratic Party
They want the U.N. to be strong
I go to all the Pete Seeger concerts
He sure gets me singing those songs
I’ll send all the money you ask for
But don’t ask me to come on along
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

Once I was young and impulsive
I wore every conceivable pin
Even went to the socialist meetings
Learned all the old union hymns
But I’ve grown older and wiser
And that’s why I’m turning you in
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

Sorry, kids, there are a few historical references here that you’re just going to have to look up on your own.

Do You Hear the People Sing

OCCUPY EVERYWHERE

Ode to Joy

Although this was intended to promote a Spanish commercial bank, it is in another sense an illustration as to how a well organized spontaneous demonstration can happen.

Next time, we won’t Occupy a Park, we’ll Occupy a Planet.

For Veterans Day

Iris DeMent – THERE IS A WALL IN WASHINGTON

 

Iris DeMent – Wasteland of the Free

 

We are re-posting this without the video but with the lyrics,

You really should listen to it