May 23rd, 2006

accordion santa

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.Collapse )