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Well I do. I was a bum then and I will be a bum until the day I die. But you know what the Capitalist, the cop, the corporations are bigger and meaner and the most nasty parasites on the face of the earth. So for this weekend enjoy being a bum, outside this dirty rotten system. For our weekend music enjoyment series let’s listen to Barbara Dane sing a reworked old IWW song, “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum.”

Kent State songs: https://rateyourmusic.com/list/JBrumm… A collection of Vietnam War songs by Barbara Dane and GI’s, called “FTA! Songs of the GI Resistance” (1970). It included the song “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum” – this was a response to Nixon’s comment on 30 April 1970 (just before the Kent State shooting) when he spoke at the Pentagon, saying “you see these bums, you know, blowing up the campuses”. The Washington Post ran the headline “Nixon denounces campus ‘bums’ who burn books”, while the New York Times declared that “Nixon puts ‘bums’ label on some college radicals”. A father of one of those killed at Kent State later told a reporter that “My child was not a bum”. “Oh bums of the earth, you’ve got nothing to loose But the chains and the tear gas, the Dick Nixon blues Hallelujah, I’m a Bum, hallelujah, who are you?… When he first called us bums, didn’t know what he meant But the guards defined it on the campus at Kent… Well power corrupts, we know that by heart But you got to admit Nixon had a head start… Well, some say his name Is slippery Dick Well I guess he is no bum, be he sure is some (dick)”

Let’s hear Evan Greer sing the Picket Line Song:

 

For our music series this weekend let’s listen to Lucille Bogan sing, B.D Women Blues.  B.D. stands for bulldagger or bulldyke, colloquial terms of the era that meant lesbian.

Let’s take a listen to this amazing song even though we have heard it many times. Yes to a new creation.

Let’s take a listen to this classic updated by Billy Bragg.  Do we need a reminder? Well LGBT folks in Amerikkka here it is.

 

The Times They Are Changing Back

Come gather around people wherever you roam
and admit that waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone
For the climate is obviously changing
But the man in the White House says no ones to blame
For the times they are a changing back

Come Mexicans, Muslims, LGBT and Jews
and keep your eyes wide for what’s on the news
For President Trump is expressing his views
And I feel that the mob he’s inciting
Will soon break your windows and
Burn down your schools
For the times they are a changing back

Come mothers and daughters throughout the land
A bunch of old men have come up with a plan
Never mind your ambitions they have better ideas
About how you should be behaving
So get back in the kitchen and button your lip
For the times they are a changing back

In the land of the free and the home of the brave
Martin Luther King is spinning in his grave
To see a bigoted bully taking the stage
and he calls upon us to be faithful
To the ideas he died for in another age
For the times they are a changing back

The line it is drawn and the curse it is cast
The slow one now will later be fast
As the present now will later be past
Let’s hold on to that idea for a moment
And the first one now will later be last
For the times they need a changing.

The great Mavis Staples  We Shall Not Be Moved.