Eisenhower Blues

J.B. Lenoir
Language: English

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J.B. Lenoir, nato in Mississippi nel 1929, arrivò a Chicago che aveva 20 anni.
Erano gli anni di Eisenhower presidente, Nixon il suo vice, della guerra fredda e di quella calda in Corea, della caccia alle streghe e del maccartismo… “Eisenhower Blues” fu la prima delle molte canzoni di protesta scritte da Lenoir, grazie alle quali fu subito attenzionato dall’FBI del mastino John Edgar Hoover…
La canzone fu pubblicata sul lato B di un 45 giri. Sul lato A, “I’m in Korea”.
Il primo LP in cui il brano è incluso mi pare sia stato “Natural Man”, raccolta pubblicata 3 anni dopo la prematura scomparsa di Lenoir, avvenuta a soli 37 anni del 1967.

Natural Man
Hey everybody I was talkin’ to you
I ain’t jivin’, this is the natural truth
Mm, mm mm, I got the Eisenhower blues.
Thinkin’ ’bout you and me, what on earth we gonna do?

My pocket’s empty, my fun is gone
The way things look, I won’t be here long
Mm, mm, mm, I got the Eisenhower blues…

Take all my money, to pay the tax
I’m givin’ you people, the natural facts
I’m only tellin’ you, my belief
The way things are going, I’ll be on relief
Mm, mm, mm, I got the Eisenhower blues…

Ain’t got a dime, ain’t got a cent
Don’t have no money, to pay my rent
My baby needs some clothes, she needs her shoes
Peoples I don’t know, what I’m gonna do
Mm, mm, mm, I got the Eisenhower blues…

Contributed by Bernart Bartleby - 2016/1/14 - 11:05

Does this remind you of Trump? Eisenhower discontinued the New Deal. Had an offensive racist moniker for his anti-immigration program. This protest song put Lenoir on the anti-American government watch

Velvin Bixby - 2021/2/28 - 04:29

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