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13 January 2011
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Long before there was an angry John Lennon, an angry Bob Marley, an angry Joe Strummer, there was of course Bob Dylan's hero, Woody Guthrie, who wrote one of the greatest songs ever.   Most people have only listened to the chorus and assumed it's a nice patriotic little tune.  Listen to the whole thing and pay attention to the last two verses…

"This Land is Your Land"


This land is your land, this land is my land

From California, to the New York Island

From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters

This land was made for you and me

As I was walking a ribbon of highway

I saw above me an endless skyway

I saw below me a golden valley

This land was made for you and me


I've roamed and rambled and I've followed my footsteps

To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts

And all around me a voice was sounding

This land was made for you and me


The sun comes shining as I was strolling

The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling

The fog was lifting a voice come chanting

This land was made for you and me


As I was walkin' – I saw a sign there

And that sign said – no tress passin'

But on the other side …. it didn't say nothin!

Now that side was made for you and me!


In the squares of the city – In the shadow of the steeple

Near the relief office – I see my people

And some are grumblin' and some are wonderin'

If this land's still made for you and me.

Chorus (2x)

13 January 2011
Sitting singing songs for everyone by the mountain stream
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mithveaen said:


My favorite song of her is Me and Bobby McGee written by Kris Kristofferson. My two favorite lines are : Freedom is just another word for not left to lose. and But I'll trade all my tomorrows for just one yesterday, to hold Bobby's body next to mine. 


Weird. The lyric "Freedom is just another…" was my facebook status today. I love this song and Janis.

But here are a couple of my favorite:


And you can tell everybody this is your song

It may be quite simple but now that it's done

I hope you don't mind

I hope you don't mind that I put down in words

How wonderful life is while you're in the world

-Your Song by Elton John


I wanna glide down over Mulholland

I wanna write her name in the sky

I wanna free fall out into nothin'

Gonna leave this world for awhile

- Free Fallin' by Tom Petty


Wild horses couldn't drag me away 

Wild, wild horses, we'll ride them some day

-Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones


Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;

None but ourselves can free our minds.

Have no fear for atomic energy,

'Cause none of them can stop the time.

How long shall they kill our prophets,

While we stand aside and look? Ooh!

Some say it's just a part of it:

We've got to fullfil the book.

Won't you help to sing

This songs of freedom-

'Cause all I ever have:

Redemption songs;

Redemption songs;

Redemption songs.

- Redemption Song by Bob Marley


Cinderella, she seems so easy

“It takes one to know one,” she smiles

And puts her hands in her back pockets

Bette Davis style

And in comes Romeo, he’s moaning

“You Belong to Me I Believe”

And someone says, “You’re in the wrong place my friend

You better leave”

And the only sound that’s left

After the ambulances go

Is Cinderella sweeping up

On Desolation Row

- Desolation Row by Bob Dylan


There's more but these are the ones that just popped into my head.

Well we all shine on like the moon, the stars, and the sun.
13 January 2011
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Listening to you,

I get the music.

Gazing at you,

I get the heat.

Following you,

I climb the mountains.

I get excitement at your feet.

Right behind you,

I see the millions.

On you,

I see the glory.

From you,

I get opinions.

From you,

I get the story.

"We're Not Gonna Take It"  --the Who.


Well I'm not the world's most masculine man

But I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man

And so is Lola.


"Lola"  --the Kinks


Long as I remember

Rain been comin' down

Clouds of mystery pourin'

Confusion on the ground

Good men through the ages

Tryin' to find the sun

And I wonder, still I wonder

Who'll stop the rain.


"Who'll Stop the Rain" -- Creedence Clearwater Revival

13 January 2011
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I love the lyrics of "Sound of Silence" by Simon&Garfunkel:


Hello darkness, my old friend,

I've come to talk with you again,

Because a vision softly creeping,

Left its seeds while I was sleeping,

And the vision that was planted in my brain

Still remains

Within the sound of silence.

In restless dreams I walked alone

Narrow streets of cobblestone,

'Neath the halo of a street lamp,

I turned my collar to the cold and damp

When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light

That split the night

And touched the sound of silence.

And in the naked light I saw

Ten thousand people, maybe more.

People talking without speaking,

People hearing without listening,

People writing songs that voices never share

And no one dare

Disturb the sound of silence.

"Fools" said I, "You do not know

Silence like a cancer grows.

Hear my words that I might teach you,

Take my arms that I might reach to you."

But my words like silent raindrops fell,

And echoed

In the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed

To the neon god they made.

And the sign flashed out its warning,

in the words that it was forming.

And the sign said, "The words of the prophets

are written on the subway walls

And tenement halls."

And whisper'd in the sounds of silence.


It's enigmatic, evocative and kind of scary, with it's aethereal aura.

I'd like to say "thank you" on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition. John Lennon
13 January 2011
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All the ones I thought of initially have been posted already.

An honourable mention to The Prophet's Song by Queen, which would have been the single from A Night At the Opera if not for Bohemian Rhapsody.

Oh oh people of the earth

Listen to the warning the seer he said

Beware the storm that gathers here

Listen to the wise man

I dreamed I saw on a moonlit stair

Spreading his hand on the multitude there

A man who cried for a love gone stale

And ice cold hearts of charity bare

I watched as fear took the old men's gaze

 Hopes of the young in troubled graves

'I see no day' I heard him say

So grey is the face of every mortal

Oh oh people of the earth!

'Listen to the warning' the prophet he said

For soon the cold of night will fall

Summoned by your own hand

Ah ah children of the land

Quicken to the new life take my hand

Fly and find the new green bough

Return like the white dove

He told of death as a bone white haze

Taking the lost and the unloved babe

Late too late all the wretches run

These kings of beasts now counting their days

From mother's love is the son estranged

Married his own his precious gain

The earth will shake in two will break

And death all round will be your dowry

Oh oh people of the earth

Listen to the warning the seer he said

For those who hear and mark my words

Listen to the good plan

Oh oh oh oh and two by two my human zoo

They'll be running for to come

Running for to come out of the rain

Oh flee for your life

Who heed me not let all your treasure make you

Oh fear for your life

Deceive you not the fires of hell will take you

Should death await you

Ah people can you hear me?

And now I know and now I know

And now I know and now I know

That you can hear me

And now I know and now I know

And now I know Now I know

Now I know now I know

Now I know now I know

Now I know

The earth will shake in two will break

Death all around around around around

Around around around around

Now I know now I know

Now I know now I know

Now I know

Wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo wo

Listen to the wise listen to the wise listen to the wise

Listen to the wise listen to the wise man

La la

La la la la la la

La la la la la la

La la la la la la

La la la la la la

La la

La la

La la

Come Here (I – You)

Come Here (I – You)

Come Here (I – You)

Come Here (I – You)

Ah ah ah ah ah

Listen to the man listen to the man listen to the man listen

to the mad man

God gave you grace to purge this place

And peace all around may be your fortune

Oh oh children of the land

Love is still the answer take my hand

The vision fades a voice I hear

Listen to the madman!


But still I fear and still I dare not


Laugh at the madman!


(I cut out bits of the vocal canon so it didn't take up so much space).

And I neeeeeeeeed her all the time
14 January 2011
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