Jacob Haller (jwgh) wrote,
Jacob Haller
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recycling songs

Some of you might remember that a few weeks ago I recorded the Pete Seeger song 'Waist Deep in the Big Muddy', because it had been on my mind lately. (I heard my dad sing it a lot when I was growing up.)

For some reason it never occurred to me that other songs from that era might also be appropriated for similar reasons, but today on NPR I learned that Toby Keith has taken to singing Merle Haggard's 'The Fightin' Side Of Me', which has lyrics like "I read about some squirrely guy who claims he just don't believe in fighting, and I wonder just how long the rest of us can count on being free. They love our milk and honey, but they preach about some other way of living. When they're runnin' down my country, hoss, they're walking on the fightin' side of me." (My father's comment when I mentioned this song to him a few years back: "That song is so lame. Do you think Merle Haggard went to Vietnam? No.") [Also possibly worth noting: Merle himself has taken to writing anti-war songs these days.] Anyway, I thought it was interesting.

I guess I don't have a larger point to make here, so I'll leave you with another song that is screaming out for someone to rerecord, which is a protest song in favor of high fuel prices recorded in 1978 by the Folkel Minority.
Freeze a Yankee! Drive 75 and freeze them alive
Freeze a Yankee! Let your thermostat rise and give them a surprise.

Governor Briscoe promised us
that if any damn Yankee raised a fuss,
He'd turn off the gas, cut the oil,
and let them all freeze and boil.

They don't want an oil rig around their seashores,
Lord, it's a terrible sight.
And don't you try to drill in their dirty old water
if you do you're in for a fight.

Senator Kennedy told me himself
That he wouldn't let a drill
on the continental shelf.
So, when they tried to get
Texas to drill another well
We could tell them all to go to ... Hyannis port.

Now President Carter was a good ole boy, a southerner thru and thru,
But when he asked all Americans to sacrifice, he really meant you know who.

He wants all our oils and our nuclear fuels
What does he take us for? Silly fools?

Freeze a Yankee! Drive 75 and freeze them alive
Freeze a Yankee! Let your thermostat rise and give them a surprise.

Governor Briscoe promised us
that if any damn Yankee raised a fuss,
He'd turn off the gas, cut the oil,
and let them all freeze and boil.

Cram them Yankees in little bitty cars while we drive around in limousines.
There ain't nothing in the world any more fun then pumping gas in those big Mochines.

Us Texans love our Cadillacs,
Big continentals and Pontiacs.
Were gonna keep all the gas we can make
And let them Yankees shiver and shake.

Well them Yankees say they need our oil and they gotta have gasoline,
But don't you put no refineries way up north, they wanna keep their air real clean.

They only got enough Ignite
To last until midnight.
Not enough fuel
to keep their mirrors cool.

Freeze a Yankee! Drive 75 and freeze them alive
Freeze a Yankee! Let your thermostat rise and give them a surprise.

Governor Briscoe promised us
that if any damn Yankee raised a fuss,
He'd turn off the gas, cut the oil,
and let them all freeze and boil.

Save your confederate credit card,
The south wanna rise again
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