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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tribute to the TRUE HEROES...

I'm not generally a fan of the mosh pit scene, no offense to those of you who might be, but, I was attracked to The Dropkick Murphys by their infusion of traditional Irish elements and their staunch stance toward being a voice and supporter for the true heroes of this world, the working man, sometimes considered the bottom rung on the ladder by the powers that be and the ones who made their fortune on the backs of these very same folk.

So, here is one of my favorite D.K.M. songs for the working man. Speaking of Lives In The Balance, these are the first people to step up because of their firm belief in family & country.

Worker's Song (Handful of Earth)written by Ed Pickford

This one's for the workers who toil night and day
By hand and by brain,
to earn your pay
For centuries long past
for no more than your bread
Have bled for your countries and counted your dead
In the factories and mills, in the shipyards and mines
We've often been told to keep up with the times
For our skills are not needed, they've streamlined the job
And with slide rule and stopwatch, our pride they have robbed

(chorus)We're the first ones to starve,
we're the first ones to die
The first ones in line for that pie in the sky
And we're always the last when the cream is shared out
For the worker is working when the fat cat's about

And when the sky darkens and the prospect is war
Who's given the gun and then pushed to the fore
And expected to die for the land of our birth
Though we've never owned one lousy handful of earth
And all of these things the worker has done
From tilling the fields to carrying the gun
We've been yoked to the plow
since time first began
And always expected to carry the can.



Monday, January 21, 2008

Lives In The Balance...

LIVES IN THE BALANCE
( See Playlist Above, Track One )
I've been waiting for something to happen
For a week or a month or a year
With the blood in the ink of the headlines
And the sound of the crowd in my ear
You might ask what it takes to remember
When you know that you've seen it before
Where a government lies to a people
And a country is drifting to war
And there's a shadow on the faces
Of the men who send the guns
To the wars that are fought in places
Where their business interest runs
On the radio talk shows and the T.V.
You hear one thing again and again
How the U.S.A. stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend
But who are the ones that we call our friends--
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally can't take any more
And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone
There are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire
There's a shadow on the faces
Of the men who fan the flames
Of the wars that are fought in places
Where we can't even say the names
They sell us the President
the same way
They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us every thing from youth to religion
The same time they sell us our wars
I want to know who the men in the shadows are
I want to hear somebody asking them why
They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
But they're never the ones to fight or to die
And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire
Jackson Browne
(c) 1986 SWALLOW TURN MUSIC, ASCAP
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Sunday, January 13, 2008

ADRIAN BELEW: Hall of Fame ?

Please sign the petition
Adrian, as a solo artist, may not be a platinum seller but, there is no denying his
innovative efforts in progressing rock music into new directions.

With his list of achievements with other bands and artists you will always
find him listed multiple times when Rolling Stone rolls out their list of top
100 albums.

As a five time winner of best experimental guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine, Adrian
was inducted into their Hall of Fame.
It's time he was considered for the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame.

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to your friends who may feel the same way.

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