Archive for September 23rd, 2011

Oh What A Day

Oh What a Day!

After 8 years of Bush and Cheney the country was weary and worn!

Yeah! “W” was Dick’s little trainee! And the Constitution was torn!

When these Empire thugs used torture, they put our country to scorn!

And as they looted the treasury, a mighty new movement was born!

Chorus:

Oh what a day! What a wonderful, jubilant day!

Oh what a day! When Bush and Cheney went away!

Oh what a day! What a wonderful, jubilant day!

Oh what a day! When peace through justice is the way!

Yes, they left the country in ruin! They lied and made profits from war!

They lied about all they were doin’! From 9/11 to Iraq and more!

Now the country’s got Obama and Biden, and there’s so much hope in the air!

But trust in them will run out when they have no justice to share! (chorus)

It’s not about the color of your skin! Not looks! Not personality!

It’s all about who you are servin’! And the truth about your policy!

It’s really all about exposin’ the lies that mislead us before!

And stopping the wars they’re imposin’, and serving justice once more!

(chorus change to … when Obama and Biden go away! )

Now we’ve got a new face for the Empire! The “good cop” ‘s replacing the “bad”!

And once again there’s blood on the wire! It’s all so mad and so sad!

They still use lies of 9/11 to cover up all that is wrong!

And they’re still looting the treasury! But the movement for justice is strong!

(chorus slow)

Copyright 2009 Victor René Sadot, BMI, Orbian Love Music

Are You A Citizen

Are You A Citizen? (Or Are You A Slave?)

 

Are you a citizen or are you a slave?

In the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”!

Why do you tell me then, “Nothin’ can be done”?

If we can’t change a thing, then they’ve already won!

 

We’d still be a colony if the founders thought that way!

We’d have royalty, slavery, and debtor prisons today

And women would never have won voting rights

It would be the dark ages without doing what’s right

 

Chorus:

Say “No to destruction of your planet earth!”

Say “No to repressive laws! You know what they’re worth!”

Say “Yes to the freedoms you were meant to employ!”

Say “Yes to the struggles that bring justice and joy!”

 

Yes, the media made you believe as you do

They lied to deceive you and to brainwash you too

But “a working class hero is something to be!”

Remember that struggle is what made you free!

 

Now the Power elite…The own all the news

They filly your head up with their fear-laden views

After years of consolidating property rights

Now only a few own the media might (chorus)

 

They’ve dumbed down the TV, and they’ve dumbed down the schools

They’ve dumbed down discussion as if we’re all fools

It’s not a democracy if we don’t make it work!

And it’s not a republic when it’s all going berserk!

 

If we let the corporates just take more and more!

They’ll take all we have; leave us desperately poor!

‘Cause most made their millions through graft and through greed

They don’t care about you or what your loved ones need (chorus)

 

They play in their mansions on sea-sides and hills

While we work for wages to pay them our bills

Now open your eyes! It’s no big mystery!

Rise up, join together, and make history!

 

Are you a citizen? Or are you a slave?

In the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”!

If you look at past struggles, you’ll know it can be done

You’ll use your Bill of Rights ‘til your struggles are won (chorus)

Copyright 2005 Victor Rene Sadot, Cindy Abromowicz Hubschmitt, BMI, Orbian Love Music.

Released in 2005 on the 19 song “Best of 25 Years of Vic Sadot Recordings” CD titled Broadsides & Retrospectives, which is available on CD Baby:

http://cdbaby.com/cd/vicsadot2

Released on Sept 11, 2011 on the 16 song  “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs – 10th Anniversary Edition”. Now available on CD Baby:

http://cdbaby.com/cd/vicsadot3

YouTube VideoAre You A Citizen (Or Are You A Slave?) – Vic Sadot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxE25yKAckI

London Calling 70705

London Calling 70705

 

Chorus:

London calling! London calling! It’s a “Terror Alert”!

Many people are dying! Many people are hurt!

Someone blew up some train cars! They blew up a bus!

Still most of this story’s too secret to discuss…

 

“Well, the job will be easy, and the pay will be great!

You’ll be helping your country fight the terrorist hate…

You’ll just come to the city, and ride where we say

You’ll be paid when you start and at the end of the day…

You’ll just come from the suburbs like you normally would

You won’t tell nobody from your neighborhood…

Dress like you’re going shopping, sight-seeing around

With a pack on your back to the old ‘Underground’”… (*British subway)

Chorus – Instrumental

 

“You must keep it all secret, and do your part right!

It’s only a drill… So be cool and polite…

Half your pay’s at the start. You’ll get the rest when you’re done

Tax free cash in two envelopes… It’ll be easy and fun!

Plenty money for travel, for school and things new!

Help your family and friends… That part’s all up to you…

You’ll be helping your country, if you do your job right

You’ll be richly rewarded by the end of the night…”

Chorus Instrumental

 

Were the bombs on the bottom or in the back-packs?

Who were these young Muslims? Did they do the attacks?

Was it like 9/11? Were there drills that went “live”?

We’d like to ask these boys questions… But they did not survive…

There are agents and “assets” in the spy world, it’s true

To gather “intelligence” and to do what they do…

There are “false flag” and “psy war” operations, it’s said

And the only good “patsies” are the ones who are dead!

 

Chorus 2X

Change the last line in the last chorus to:

Since it’s “national security”, leave all the questions to us…

 

Copyright August 7, 2006 Victor Rene Sadot/BMI/Orbian Love Music

 

Informed and inspired by the following films: Ludicrous Diversion, Mind the Gap, and Ripple Effect 7/07.

Nightmare of New Orleans / Cauchemar de la Nouvelle Orleans

The Nightmare of New Orleans

(Le Cauchemar de La Nouvelle Orleans)

 

Do you know what the French word “cauchemar” means!

It’s a “nightmare” like right there in New Orleans!

When they let the levees sink in disrepair

The warnings were shrill, but they still didn’t care

Yes, Bush cut the budget… Sent the money to war

Now the great “Crescent City”… has death at her door

 

Well, Bush is a Nero fiddlin’ kind of guy

He flew over the city in a plane in the sky

The next day he’s back on vacation again’

Playing golf with his corporate empire friends

It’s “criminal negligence”, leaving people to die!

Now the mighty “Big Easy”’s left wondering why…

 

Est-ce que vous connaissez “nightmare” en anglais?

C’est la Nouvelle Orleans completement sinistree!

C’est criminelle de laisser les gens la mourir

De ne pas les fournir les miens a partir

Une tempete sauvage d’eau et de vent

C’est le cauchemar de…la Nouvelle Orleans

The “Free Market” way to evacuate New Orleans

Was to issue and order without providing the means

For the poor to get out…There was simply no way!

Hard winds and high waters came crashing that day!

Now I see what that singer was trying to say

When he said that “they’re trying to was us away”

 

Do you know what the French word “cauchemar” means!

It’s a “nightmare” like right there in New Orleans!

When they let the levees sink in disrepair

he warnings were shrill, but they still didn’t care

Yes, Bush cut the budget… Sent the money to war

Now the great “Crescent City”…will never be like before

 

Est-ce que vous connaissez “nightmare” en anglais?

C’est la Nouvelle Orleans completement sinistree!

C’est criminelle de laisser les gens la mourir

De ne pas les fournir les miens a partir

Un enfer predit pour les plus indigents

C’est le cauchemar de… la Nouvelle Orleans

Copyright September 3, 2005 Victor Rene Sadot/BMI/Orbian Love Music

Broadside Balladeer

Broadside Balladeer

I remember the year that Broadside Balladeer

Took his own life away, so they say…

Now I still long to hear him singing true and clear

How I miss that Broadside Balladeer!

Chorus:

So I’m gonna say it now!

I can’t say it when I’m gone

Let us not speak falsely now

For we must be movin’ on

Is there anybody home?

Is there anybody here?

To be true to a Broadside Balladeer!

In the dark of the night, he would stay awake and write
At the rallies he would raise us with a song!
He would roam through the land, and like Woody he would stand
Cause he wanted people’s struggles to be strong! (chorus)

Just a boy in Ohio grew up so he had to go
Steppin’ outside of a small circle of friends
Surely as the Changes came he would shame the Chords of Fame
When he called on us to try and make amends (chorus)

Seems like just the other day, he went down to see Chile
Victor Jara and he sang side by side!
ITT, the CIA, and the Junta had their way
But the dream they tried to kill still hasn’t died! (chorus)

Copyright April 16, 1977 Victor Rene Sadot, BMI, Orbian Love Music

Written in 1977, one year after Ochs’ death. Recorded in 1987.

Released on a “Best of 25 Years of Vic Sadot Recordings” CD titled

Broadsides & Retrospectives, which is available on CD Baby:

http://cdbaby.com/cd/vicsadot2

Also available on “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs” at

http://cdbaby.com/cd/vicsadot3

 

See also “Phil OCHS FBI FILE” at Journals on Lyrics & Politics by Vic Sadot at Last FM , an international interactive music community based in the UK:

http://www.last.fm/user/broadsideballad/journal/2009/08/07/2x74fo_phil_ochs_fbi_file

Love Me I’m A Liberal

Love Me I’m a Liberal 2011

Licensed for use on “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs” released on 9/11/11. This version of Phil Ochs’ 1966 classic is updated for 2011 “liberal” posturing. Of course, there are many liberals who live by their beliefs. This is not about them. The first link below is to the album at CD Baby. The second link below is for the free mp3 of this song at Last FM.

9/11 Truth & Justice Songs by Vic Sadot at CD Baby
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/vicsadot3

Love Me I’m A Liberal – Vic Sadot 2011 Update of Phil Ochs 1966 Classic – “Berkeley Calling”

http://www.last.fm/music/Vic+Sadot/Berkeley+Calling/Love+Me+I%27m+A+Liberal

Love Me I’m a Liberal 

I cried about them killing the Kennedys

Tears ran down my face

And I cried about the murder of Martin

I thought it was such a disgrace!

But don’t talk to me about “conspiracies”

There are “lone nuts” all over the place!

So love me, love me, love me! I’m a Liberal!

I go to peace vigils and rallies

It puts my poor conscience at ease

And I vote for the Democratic Party

Though I know it’s the corporates they’ll please

At least they’re the lesser of two evils

The hipper of hypocracies!

So love me, love me, love me! I’m a Liberal!

GW was a national disaster!

And Cheney, a national disgrace!

Using big lies and terror and torture!

To wage wars and put puppets in place!

But I cheered when Obama bombed Libya!

Cause killing was correct in that case!

So love me, love me, love me! I’m a Liberal!

I cheered when Obama was chosen

My faith in the system restored

Though he sold out to AIPAC and the Banksters!

I’m sure our rights won’t be ignored!

And he won’t talk about Revolution!

Or a Health Plan that’s just and assured!

So love me, love me, love me! I’m a Liberal!

Oh the people of Mesopotamia

Should all hang their heads in shame

Now I can’t understand how their minds work

They are Muslims! So they are to blame!

And if you talk “9/11 Truth” to my children…

I hope the cops take down your name!

So love me, love me, love me! I’m a Liberal!

Yes I read Daily KOS and The Nation

I’ve learned to take every view

I’m for Israel and for occupation

I feel like I’m almost a Jew!

And when it comes to Iraq and Afghanistan

There’s no one more red, white, and blue!

So love me, love me, love me! I’m a Liberal!

I vote for the Democratic Party

They want UN Troops to be strong!

I attend all the Bob Dylan concerts…

He sure gets me singing those songs!

Now I can’t send the money you ask for

But I send my best wishes along!

So love me, love me, love me! I’m a Liberal!

Sure once I was young and impulsive

Wore ever conceivable pin

Even went to anti-war meetings

Learned to sing “Blowin’ in the Wind”

Ah but I’ve grown older and wiser

And that’s why I’m turning you in!

So love me, love me, love me! I’m a Liberal!

Parody Version Copyright 2011 by Vic Sadot

Tell John Yoo That Torture Is A Crime!

Tell John Yoo That Torture Is A Crime!

This song was a 2009 lyrical update of the Civil Rights era marching and sitting-in song, “We Shall Not Be Moved”. The lyrical creation was done by Vic Sadot for the torture accountability movement in Berkeley where Yoo is a Constitutional Law professor at UC Berkeley. Yoo took a leave from teaching during the Bush-Cheney administration and he bacame infamous for writing legal briefs to justifyin the use of torture and to claim dictatorial powers for the Presidency. Code Pink Golden Gate Chorus sang on this song recording made by Blair Resse.

Tell John Yoo That Torture Is A Crime!

(1) Tell John Yoo that torture is a crime

Tell John Yoo that torture is a crime

Just like the lies that led to war and slaughter

Torture is a crime

CHORUS #1: (Here & then after every 3 verses)

We shall not! We shall not be moved!

We shall not! We shall not be moved!

Just like a tree that’s standing by the water!

We shall not be moved!

(2) Tell John Yoo that he shall be removed!

Tell John Yoo that he shall be removed!

Just like pollution dumped into our rivers!

He shall be removed!

(3) Tell John Conyers to look into these crimes!

Tell John Conyers to look into these crimes!

Just like a brave and law abiding Congressman!

Look into these crimes!

(4) Tell Eric Holder to prosecute John Yoo!

Tell Eric Holder to prosecute John Yoo!

Just like the Nazis in the Nuremberg trial!

Prosecute John Yoo! (CHORUS #2)

(5) Tell Obama justice must prevail!

Tell Obama justice must prevail!

Just like the truth that’s marching ever onward!

Put John Yoo in jail!

(6) Tell Dick Cheney that he is going to jail!

Tell Dick Cheney that he is going to jail!

Just like a mob of murdering mafia gangsters!

Cheney’s going to jail!

(7) Tell George Bush that justice will prevail!

Tell George Bush that justice will prevail!

Just like corrupt and craven corporate criminals!

Put George Bush in jail! (CHORUS #3)

(8) Tell the whole world that torture will be stopped!

Tell the whole world that torture will be stopped!

Just like the wars they wage for corporate empire!

Torture will be stopped! (END here, or do one more chorus)