Tag Archives: Folk Music

Pete

This video had me in tears yesterday. David Weinberger explains it all perfectly here.

Can’t wait to get a new boss at noon today!

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Politics in music

I was raised on a healthy diet of Car Talk, Sesame Street, and folk music as a child and its nice to see that some of my (and my Dad’s) favorite performers are writing songs about what is going on right now. Tom Paxton has a great page here of free downloads including an update to LBJ Told the Nation. Christine Lavin has had a few really good songs, including “We Are the True Americans” and “Dear Dan”, both of which I love.

Should be interesting to see what new political songs we come up with after tomorrow. Almost every person I talked to at work today had either voted or was going home tonight and will vote tomorrow. I met a lovely couple from Montana who told me how their local political landscape is changing to more purple/blue than red and two ladies from Philly who were looking forward to being in NH for the election tomorrow. It is going to be an interesting day.

I’m Changing my Name to Chrysler!

 I'm Changing My Name to Chrysler
by Tom Paxton

Oh the price of gold is rising out of sight
And the dollar is in sorry shape tonight
What the dollar used to get us
Now won't buy a head of lettuce
No the economic forecast isn't right
But amidst the clouds I spot a shining ray

I can even glimpse a new and better way
And I've demised a plan of action
Worked it down to the last fraction
And I'm going into action here today

CHORUS:
I am changing my name to Chrysler
I am going down to Washington D.C.
I will tell some power broker
What they did for Iacocca
Will be perfectly acceptable to me
I am changing my name to Chrysler
I am headed for that great receiving line
So when they hand a million grand out
I'll be standing with my hand out
Yes sire I'll get mine

When my creditors are screaming for their dough
I'll be proud to tell them all where they can all go
They won't have to scream and holler
They'll be paid to the last dollar
Where the endless streams of money seem to flow
I'll be glad to tell them what they can do
It's a matter of a simple form or two
It's not just renumeration it's a liberal education
Ain't you kind of glad that I'm in debt to you

CHORUS

Since the first amphibians crawled out of the slime
We've been struggling in an unrelenting climb
We were hardly up and walking before money started talking
And it's sad that failure is an awful crime
Well it's been that way for a millenium or two
But now it seems that there's a different point of view
If you're a corporate titanic and your failure is gigantic
Down to congress there's a safety net for you

CHORUS