Monday, August 12, 2013

Here's to the State (2013)

Back in the '60s, singer-songwriter Phil Ochs released a topical protest tune called "Here's to the State of Mississippi."  Later he rewrote and updated it as "Here's to the State of Richard Nixon."  More recently, Eddie Vedder and the actor Tim Robbins rewrote and updated the song for the Bush-Cheney regime.  So, there's a tradition of rewriting and updating this song, and I've gone ahead and updated it for 2013.  The recording features Forest Rodgers on lead guitar and bass.  The track and lyrics are posted below.



Here’s to the State (2013)
By Phil Ochs, Tim Robbins, Eddie Vedder, and Jackson Rodgers

Here's to the judges of John Roberts
Who gladly ruin lives while dress-up they smugly play
Who think that you should speak less, the lower that you're paid
And business models are humans, I've even heard them say

Here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
John Roberts, find yourself another country to be part of

And here’s to the “job creators” of the USA
Who claim to know the way that the market should be ran
But who’ll stimulate supply while strangling demand
With sense like that I wouldn’t trust ‘em even to weed public land 

Here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
Supply-siders, find yourselves another country to be part of

And here's to the lawyers of Eric Holder
Who throw people in cages who have never harmed a soul
And who murder those who’ve killed, with stoppin' murder as a goal
While governors sit in mansions and gladly the switch pull

Here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
Eric Holder, find yourself another country to be part of

And here's to the airstrikes of Obama
Who sheds a tear for gun deaths in the country that he’s from
But who might just rip your limbs off if the place you're born is wrong
While the drones that slaughter children don't know which side...
Don't care which side that they're on

Here's to the lands you've torn out the heart of
Obama, find yourself some more humanity to be part of

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