Friday, October 28, 2011

Reading the news...

...and thinking about Woody Guthrie, I found another verse...
There was an occupyin' crowd, that hollered right out loud
'Bout the liars and crooks and banker's books
And the kind of theft the law allowed
They hit the street one day, said folks should have their say
And pretty soon the message spread across the USA

Oh you can't stop us, we're marchin from Wall Street
To occupy this street, we're making it our street
No you can't stop us, we're marchin' from Wall Street
'Til this land is our land again…

A few folks led the way, then labor joined the fray
And pretty soon the world around
More turned out to have their say
The time has come to pass to save the middle class
They need you too, you know it's true, so get up off your ass

Oh you can't stop us, we're marchin from Wall Street
To occupy this street, we're making it our street
No you can't stop us, we're marchin' from Wall Street
'Til this land is our land again…
One more and I'll have to haul the guitar down to Westlake...

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5 Comments:

Blogger Howard Martin said...

Haul that thing out! Woody (and Joe Hill) would be happy if you did!

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Terry Parkhurst said...

"Volunteers of America," by Jefferson Airplane is a good song that might work well, since it's an anthem; which seems to be what the Occupy movement could use. That's based on personal observation, having watched Occupy Seattle folks, marching in the streets of Seattle, last Saturday.

The trick would be to recycle "Volunteers of America" acousatically. The song that would translate best to an acousatic guitar is "For What's Worth," Stephen Stills timeless tune.

The good news Shaun, is if you go down with your ax, it doesn't look as if, this time, the police are banging heads. In fact, there was a great piece from the New York Times, that was on the Seattle Times website; concerning an Occupy Wall Street march, coordinated by Peter Seeger's grandson, which started out with a story about how a police officer came up to the grandson, who thought he was going to be arrested, just to shake his hand and say, "This is great! Thank you for doing this."

11:55 AM  
Blogger Howard Martin said...

hey Terry: Got a link for that article??? I can't find it.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Terry Parkhurst said...

The server here won't allow me to do a cut and paste of the URL, Howard. But just do this: go to the Seattle Times website (was wrong about where I saw it) and enter the words, into the Search function of "Pete Seeger enters his 9th decade as an activist." (Use the number 9, not the word.) That should bring it up. It was sourced from AP Entertainment wire; and if you enter those words at the Google or Bing search portals, you might be able to retrieve that way, too.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Shaun said...

When I haul a guitar downtown it's gotta be the 12 string that Pete signed. He's signed so many instruments over the years they could occupy everywhere, but I treasure my old "Pete Seeger Signature Model" pawnshop geetar.

11:35 PM  

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