[thechat] What can WE do?

deke web at master.gen.in.us
Fri Sep 21 07:27:57 CDT 2001

On 20 Sep 2001, at 13:50, Luther, Ron posted a message which said:

> [Who's more of a Phil Ochs fan himself ... the acerbic lyrics of Guthrie
> and Dylan combined with a voice smoother than Ricky Nelson.]

Ochs was also more honest.  Guthrie and Dylan mostly produced
"We're OK; you're not OK" songs. 

Ochs didn't do that. He jabbed the right wing with "Here's to the 
state of Richard Nixon" and "The Cannons of Christianity", but 
jabbed the left wing with "Love me, I'm a liberal" and "Outside a 
small circle of friends"

I also think that Ochs was musically superior. His "power and glory"
and "pleasures of the harbor" are about as good as instrumentals as
songs ever get. Others may disagree, but "I've got something to say,
sir, and I'm gonna say it now."


 "The church is near but the road is icy; 
  the bar is far away but I will walk carefully." 
                            -- Russian Proverb

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