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Talkin’ American Social Blues


They telling you to never worry about the future.
They telling you to never worry about the torture
They telling you that you will never see the horror,
spend it all today and we will bill you tomorrow

‘Yell Fire’ by Michael Franti & Spearhead (from the Yell Fire! Album,)
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My church and my country could use a little mercy now
As they sink into a poisoned pit
That’s going to take forever to climb out
They carry the weight of the faithful
Who follow them down
I love my church and country, and they could use some mercy now

‘Mercy Now’ by Mary Gauthier (from the Mercy Now album)
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Everyone addicted to the sane nicotine
Everyone addicted to the same gasoline
Every one addicted to a Technicolor screen
Everybody tring to get their hands on the same green
From the banks of the river to the banks of the greedy
All of the riches taken back by the needy
We come from the country and we come from the city
You can play us on the record you can play us on the CD
All this shit you’ve given us is fertilizer
The seeds that we’ve planted you can never brutalize it
Tell the corporations they can never globalize it
Like Peter Tosh said: legalize it!

‘Yell Fire’ by Michael Franti & Spearhead (from the Yell Fire! Album,)

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Why is marijuana not legal? It’s a natural plant that grows in the dirt
You know what’s not natural? 80 year old dudes with hard-ons, that’s not natural
But we’ve got pills for that!
We’re dedicating all our medical resources to keeping the old guys erect
While we’re putting people in jail for smoking something that grows in the dirt
You know we have more prescription drugs now?
Every TV commercial now is for a prescription drug
Like, I can’t watch TV for 4 minutes without thinking I have 5 serious diseases
Like, ‘Do you ever wake up tired in the morning?’
‘Oh my god! I have this – write this down – whatever this is I have this!’

‘Underwear Goes Inside The Pants’ by Lazyboy TV from the Underwear Goes Inside the Pants EP
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Every living thing could use a little mercy now
Only the hand of grace can end the race
Towards another mushroom cloud
People in power, well
They’ll do anything to keep their crown
I love life, and life itself could use some mercy now

‘Mercy Now’ by Mary Gauthier (from the Mercy Now album)
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N’Orleans 05: “we need help, we need help”
“Help is on the way”
Oops! Government didn’t request help…
“There ain’t nobody at the convention center,” said the head of homeland security
All the TV shows are showing people at the convention center
“OK, they are there,” admits the guy from homeland security
“We need help, we need help,”
“help is on the way”
Oops! NBC reporters in the convention center, government is afraid to go in
Harry Connick Jr is in the convention center, government is afraid to go in
Oops! The fifth day King George arrives and says, “not acceptable, but everything is going fine”…Duh…

‘Spy On Me Blues’ by World Saxophone Quartet (from Political Blues“>Political Blues)
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Lookin’ for a leader to bring our country home
Reunite the red white and blue before it turns to stone
Looking for somebody young enough to take it on
Clean up the corruption and make the country strong
Walking among our people there’s someone straight and strong
To lead us from desolation and a broken world gone wrong
Someone walks among us and I hope he hears the call
Maybe it’s a woman or a black man after all

‘Lookin’ For A Leader’ by Neil Young (from Living With War“>Living With War)
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Yeah, we all could use a little mercy now
I know we don’t deserve it
But we need it anyhow
We hang in the balance
Dangle ‘tween hell and hallowed ground
Every single one of us could use some mercy now
Every single one of us could use some mercy now
Every single one of us could use some mercy now

‘Mercy Now’ by Mary Gauthier (from the Mercy Now album)

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