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I Don't Want Your Millions Mister - Barbara Dane

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Barbara Dane sang for peace and justice as the struggle for civil rights spread and the Vietnam war escalated. She sang at peace demonstrations in D.C. and throughout the US and toured anti-war GI coffeehouses all over the world.

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Dandelion G (378)
Monday July 7, 2014, 3:01 pm
Some of you may remember Barbara Dane for those who do not this will be a real treat.

Barbara Dane said, "I was too stubborn to hire one of the greed-head managers, probably because I'm a woman who likes to speak for herself. I always made my own deals and contracts, and after figuring out the economics of it, I was free to choose when and where I worked, able to spend lots more time with my three children and doing political work, and even brought home more money in the end, by not going for the "bigtime." I did make some really nice records, because I was able to choose and work with wonderfully gifted musicians."

Debbie W (322)
Monday July 7, 2014, 4:34 pm
This is the first time I've heard of Barbara Dane. Thanks very much for sharing her with us. She is great!

Animae C (517)
Monday July 7, 2014, 6:19 pm
i haven't heard of her either.

Respect... she didn't sell herself.

T.Y. Dandelion

Gysele v (213)
Monday July 7, 2014, 6:50 pm
i like it, nice song; harmonica blues?

. (0)
Monday July 7, 2014, 7:43 pm
sorry can't do videos with my dialup. i wish i could listen to her

Krista S (209)
Monday July 7, 2014, 8:42 pm
Noted. Have never heard of her before. Thanks, Sheila for the forward.

Edith B (145)
Monday July 7, 2014, 9:11 pm
Sheryl, I don't remember her, either, but loved the song. I am sure many who are struggling to survive these days would say the same thing. Thanks.

SusanAWAY A (219)
Monday July 7, 2014, 9:25 pm
Noted and shared. I was not aware of her either, but we definitely need some of that today. Music does so much to unite a cause.

Rose B (141)
Monday July 7, 2014, 9:58 pm
A great song

Ros G (75)
Monday July 7, 2014, 10:12 pm
Thanks for this posting Dandelion.......Barbara Dane..a "blast from the past" had forgotten how wonderful she was thoroughly loved hearing her again.....and a timely reminder too. "I do want your millions, Mister, but I want them divided up amongst all of us" So what millions really belong to "we the people"? I had the pleasure of listening to one of the old Masters last night on ABC Australia's Q&A Nobel Prize winning American economist Joseph Stigliz......and he state what I have been saying for years..."the wealth of a nation is in it's people and it's natural resources" and any money earnt from them should go back to the people by way of education, health and is the model that Norway uses.......that's your millions folks....that's your country they are digging up..nothing more and nothing less......that's where the real fight has to focus.....not on the Banks, not on Wall Street......but in your dirt......the rest is just smoke and mirrors.......

Giana P (406)
Monday July 7, 2014, 11:48 pm
Thanks Sheryl - I didn't know her but I love her song and message.

Sherri E (128)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 12:40 am
Thank You Dandelion for sharing Barbara Dane. I enjoyed the words and the tune. I especially enjoyed how pertinent it is to the now of today. Noted.

Arild Warud (174)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 1:30 am
Thanks for sharing Sheryl,never heard of her.

Birgit W (159)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 5:14 am
Thanks for sharing Dandelion. I really enjoyed the lyrics of the song, but I have never heard about Barbara Dane. What a smart lady.

Diane K (134)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 5:15 am
I never heard Barbara Dane sign before. Thanks for sharing Dandelion.

Winn A (202)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 5:58 am
Thanks for the posting Sheryl. I've never heard of her.

Dandelion G (378)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 7:07 am
You are so correct Ros. I bought Joseph Stigliz book a long time ago and was impressed, I am glad he is speaking out, I only wish more people had listened to him or would listen to him even today. We have many intelligent with a heart doing their best to awaken the masses, he is one of them.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 7:48 am
New to me. So thanks.

Terrie W (803)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 10:14 am
Thanks so much, Sheryl!

divergent r (315)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 11:03 am
Like the African practice of Ubuntu, how can one be happy when others have nothing. .so they always share...great message
Thanks Dandelion

Patrick Donovan (343)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 1:20 pm
Hi Dandelion, I really appreciate your eye for music that most of us have not heard but which is very relevant to our times. Thank you much.

Lois J (63)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 3:44 pm
Noted w/many thanks for posting, Dandelion. I hadn't heard of her either, and am glad to know of this.

Ros G (75)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 4:01 pm
Thanks Dandelion.......did stint with the "Money Makers" who set Government Policies back in the 1970's, anyone that followed Joseph Stigliz way of thinking was branded a "closet Communist"... so you're welcome Comrade LOL

Dandelion G (378)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 5:28 pm
In Solidarity my friend. One way to defeat what is good for the masses and still would be good for the most wealthy is to put the labels onto things.

Ros G (75)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 11:27 pm
LOL my Dear Friend.......while the masses were looking for "Reds Under the Beds" the others were stuffing their mattress with Greenbacks......and the same still applies today.....trying to create we spend most of our time "jumping at shadows" Although I must admit my time with the "Money Makers" was well spent.......helped me a lot when I went on to investigate financial fraud as an Auditor....also uncovering parts of the sub-prime scheme here in Australia.......

LaurenBackSoon K (173)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 12:07 am
Noted & Shared. Thanks Dandelion.

Caitlin M (104)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 9:13 am
Even though she's almost 20 years older than I am, it's hard to believe I've never heard of her if she was active in the '60s. She performed a couple of years ago on her 85th birthday. She looked great and probably blew the house down! Go to to see her. You always come up with some interesting education for us, Dandelion. Thanks.

Dandelion G (378)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 11:15 am
Thanks Caitlin for the link which I'll live link below so people can see how truly magnificent she looks at her 85th.
Barbara Dane 85th Birthday
Barbara Dane is a true institution in the universe of jazz, blues, and folk music. After graduating high school in Detroit, she raised her strong voice regularly at demonstrations for racial equality and economic justice as well as sitting in with local bands. Barbara first come to wide public attention performing with the likes of Jack Teagarden, Louis Armstrong, Memphis Slim, and Muddy Waters in the late 1950s and early '60s, when jazz critic Leonard Feather described her as "Bessie Smith in stereo" and Time magazine said she had "a voice as pure, rich, and rare as a 20 karat diamond." She toured nationally and appeared on television, including a solo guest turn on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.

All the while, Barbara never wavered in her commitment to work in the movements for peace and justice, taking her songs to gatherings of people everywhere from the Mississippi Freedom Schools to the GI movement against the Vietnam War, to the first Women's Music festival, a clandestine tour in Spain still under Franco, and to Cuba as the first U.S. singer to tour there after the revolution. Barbara puts it all in perspective when she talks about the roots of her music and activism: "(These songs) born out of the worst conditions one people can force upon another, out of slavery and exploitation, were given to the world in the spirit of turning madness into sanity, pain into joy, bondage into freedom, and enmity into unity. This spirit is something to be learned from, shared, and spread as far as it will go!"

S J (133)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 5:39 pm
I love it, thank you very much Dandelion.The song and some friends' words here mean a lot to me in this situation.
So, Stigliz may be the first communist to win the Nobel prize?, since I saw only right wings, fascist, racist winning the prize.


Gene J (289)
Friday July 11, 2014, 10:52 am
Well, there's someone I missed. But I love it. And I want my country back again too. I wrote on another story that I grew up in a time (50's and 60's) when EVERY adult was your parent, and you darn well better listen to what they said. That wasn't abuse. That was a village raising a child. Today, an adult chastising a misbehaving child, depending on age, may be cursed or shot. We have not progressed, we have regressed in civility and an understanding of the common good, that when all share in the bounty, all are blessed. We've lost that, and our children are not being raised well at all - if they were, the world would not be in the shape it is. Perhaps the millennial generation will change that - there does seem hope there, but I also read a story today about a young girl who was drugged, raped and had it posted online. And other children tormented her, one said he did so because he was bored. When what happens horrifically to other people simply bores you, your soul is lost and I don't care what age you are. I want my country back again. And maybe to go listen to some more of this wonderful woman's music. Thanks, Dandelion for the introduction.

Mandi T (451)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 11:56 am

Judith H (55)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 4:03 pm
Noted, listened. Did you//anyone reading tune into the CBS Live program on the Smithsonian channel last week per the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights struggle or however you choose to phrase it?

Dandelion G (378)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 5:35 am
No I didn't catch that particular program you speak upon but I did view other things. I hope people understood from all of it that we haven't completed this goal and in fact are slipping......

SuSanne P (195)
Saturday November 8, 2014, 6:19 am
Thank you Dandelion! A TREAT indeed! I have never heard of her which is sad, as I LOVE her music, much less who and what she stands for.

Dandelion G (378)
Monday November 10, 2014, 4:27 am
I'm so glad you were finally able to come on here and check out her music. I'm also glad I posted this as it would appear I've given her life again with a new audience.
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