Tuesday, December 4, 2012


"Love Me, I'm a Liberal"

Since a slew of hard-hitting documentaries (The Dust Bowl, The Central Park Five, How to Survive a Plague, etc.) has us in a strident, old-timey muck-raking temper, please enjoy Phil Ochs' perfect, bitttttter 1966 self-hating protest song about the apathetic left.

I go to civil rights rallies
And I put down the old D.A.R.
I love Harry and Sidney and Sammy
I hope every colored boy becomes a star
But don't talk about revolution
That's going a little bit too far
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

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Phil Ochs, dreamboat.


Liberals are so silly: They think that whoever criticizes them MUST be a Tea Bagger or associated right winger!

Its almost as if they forget Socialists, Anarchists etc exist!!@y


Oh wow, that video that pops up at the of Jello Biafra and Tipper Gore on Oprah. There's a dream dinner party.


@Decca the '90s-era Jello Biafra upate of this song is great, although I sometimes think it could use yet another update.


@bocadelperro oooooh kind of obscure but there's another update by a folk punk singer--evan greer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sGUcKe7j-Q

although even some of this is out of date at this point. more updates!!


@Decca hehe that's pretty good, but yeah, we need another update "I cried when they shot gabby giffords/tears ran down my spine/and I cried when I saw the Milk movie/as though I lost a buddy of mine/but those occupy kids had it coming/they got what they asked for this time".and "i cheered when obama was chosen/my faith in the system reborn", is all I got though...




The best. So much of his music feels so current which is amazing given how topical he was (although I'm partial to The Ballad of Alfred Packer myself).

Story #2

Phil Ochs is my crazy sad favorite. I went to a tribute to him in a tiny place without a liquor license in downtown LA; a lot of it was misguided but I think someone sang "There But For Fortune" so it was ultimately okay. I tried to get people to sing "The Power and the Glory" on election night in 2008, but nobody knew it, which I think may prove that patriotism in America is dead.


Ow. Ow, Phil Ochs.



so good, so good! the Boston liberals sing back, unironically

Attractive Nuisance

I was thinking about recommending this song to someone who's not a huge fan of folk music, and then I got to "the tears ran down my spine" and I knew how that discussion was going to go. Why you gotta be so anatomically impossible, Phil Ochs?

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