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!


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:

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


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:


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