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Which Side Are You On?

Broadside #57, Aprile 1965

Note: This new set of words to the Kentucky miner's song of the 1930's, was brought to Broadside by Len Chandler in the fall of 1964 when he returned from a summer of activity in the Freedom Hovement in Mississippi. It was sung extensively there and recently by the Selma, Alabama, marchers

Tune: Which Side Are You On by Mrs. Florence
Come all you bourgeoise black men
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Contributed by dq82 2016/11/4 - 11:14
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Carry It On

[1964]
Parole e musica di Gil Turner (1933-1974), cantautore, attore ed attivista politico, l’autore di Let Me Die In My Footsteps resa celebre da Dylan.
Testo pubblicato in Broadside # 45, 1964
Interpretata da The Broadside Singers (Len Chandler, Tom Paxton e altri) nella raccolta “ Broadside Ballads Vol. 3”, 1964
Poi nella raccolta “The Best of Broadside 1962-1988: Anthems of the American Underground from the Pages of Broadside Magazine” realizzata dalla Smithsonian Folkways Recordings nel 2000.

Siccome David Harris, il marito della Baez, fu arrestato per renitenza alla leva nel 1969, è evidente che questa canzone fu concepita per raccontare altro, cioè le violenze della polizia contro i manifestanti per i diritti civili. Il ripetuto richiamo all’uso dei cani durante la repressione ne è la prova.

Evidentemente più tardi la Baez la fece propria per raccontare la vicenda del compagno e passò ad essere considerata una canzone contro la guerra in Vietnam.
CARRY IT ON
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Contributed by Bernart Bartleby 2015/8/4 - 11:31
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I’m Going to Get My Baby Out of Jail

[1964]
Parole di Len Chandler
Sulla melodia di un’altra sua canzone, “I Had To Stand And Stare”
Testo pubblicato su in Broadside #51, 1964
Interpretata da Bernice Johnson Reagon nella raccolta “Broadside Ballads Vol. 6”, 1964
Poi nella raccolta “The Best of Broadside 1962-1988: Anthems of the American Underground from the Pages of Broadside Magazine” realizzata dalla Smithsonian Folkways Recordings nel 2000.

Una canzone scritta su uno dei tanti, quotidiani episodi di discriminazione e segregazione razziale contro cui in quegli anni era impegnato il movimento per i diritti civili…

A Orangeburg, South Carolina, Gloria Rackley, un’afroamericana in stato di gravidanza inoltrata, si presentò in ospedale e chiese di essere visitata ma si rifiutò di accedere all’area riservata alle persone di colore. Anziché ricevere assistenza fu arrestata. Lei rifiutò di pagare la pur esigua cauzione per... (Continues)
I’m goin’ to get my baby outa jail
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Contributed by Bernart Bartleby 2015/8/4 - 09:28
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Beans in My Ears

Beans in My Ears is a song created and sung by protest singer, Len Chandler. It became a hit single when covered by The Serendipity Singers, reaching #30 in June, 1964. Doctors protested that many children were actually putting beans in their ears and so it was banned in some places such as Boston. It was also covered by Lonnie Donegan in 1964.

The insistent chorus goes

My mommy said not to put beans in my ears, beans in my ears, beans in my ears.


The song was covered by Pete Seeger in his 1966 album Dangerous Songs!?. Seeger's version satirically attacked Lyndon B. Johnson's involvement in the Vietnam War. In addition to Chandler's original lyrics, Seeger sang that "Mrs. Jay's little son Alby" had "beans in his ears", which, as the lyrics imply, ensures that a person does not hear what is said to them. To those opposed to continuing the Vietnam War, the phrase suggested that "Alby Jay", a loose pronunciation of Johnson's nickname "LBJ", did not listen to anti-war protests as he too had "beans in his ears".

Wikipedia
My mommy said not to put beans in my ears
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2010/7/2 - 00:14




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