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Occupy Songs: Which Side Are You on?

Society & Culture  (tags: Songs, music, art, Occupy, OWS, Global revolution, high spirits, solidiartty )

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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 11:43 am
Image from 45 cover "Jimi Hendrix at Berkeley." Yes I just scanned the original.

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Wednesday May 16, 2012, 12:59 pm

Michael MacDonald (27)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 12:59 pm
I wish there were more artists these days that would use their craft for positive social change like the ones from the good old 60's.
I know sure would if I were popular :P


Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 1:11 pm
I know Michael. I would like to see Jimi Hendrix or Bob Marley reborn. But these songs have the searing integrity of the Occupy camps (which are giving birth to the global movement for which we have been waiting) and their music speaks so well of respect for all and personal accountability. This is the revolutionary/evolutionary music of the critical time.

Calliope S (47)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 1:19 pm
Love it!! Music of the revolution!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 1:32 pm
we are one in our shared home,earth among our shared family, all beings
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Holly Lawrence (430)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 1:53 pm
Don't care how you sing it or say it....OCCUPY!

Agnes N (703)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 1:54 pm
Thanks Betsy

Terry King (113)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 2:03 pm
From the Florence Reed original from the thirties!

Ellen m (215)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 2:11 pm
Great article Bee...If you want to see a REAL original go to my photo album titled "This n That" and check out the cover...i rub it every time i see it for luck :-)

Jason S (50)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 2:17 pm
thanks, good posting

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 2:33 pm
Ellen. Thank you. Great original. Great.

Michael Carney (217)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 3:00 pm
Jimi Hendrix, would be right in the middle of the Occupy movement, if he were alive today...His music was all about Peace, Love and Freedom, or everything that the 1% are against...

Bianca D (87)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 3:29 pm
Tx Green B. Great stuff. But, once we're awake, enough about sides already! Us'n'them - banks'n'plebs... it's neverending!
* It's time for us to create the world we dream of living in *

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 4:11 pm
Thanks, Betsy!

Joe R (190)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 4:19 pm
Thanks Betsy. Nice to have some tunes for the movement. (I could listen to "“Gamblers Lament” all night!)

Mary T (178)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 4:19 pm
Thanks Betsy, Great post, Occupy everywhere.

Barb K (1685)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 5:23 pm
Great post! Thnx Betsy!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 5:44 pm
Great post and song, thanks Betsy. I still listen to Bob Dylan's songs from the 60's..Joan Baez, Pete Seeger.,,,

Pat B (356)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 5:44 pm
Thank you, Betsy for the tunes, good post!!! ;-)

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 6:23 pm
enjoyed this post very much Betsey, thank you!

Ingrid A (524)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 7:25 pm
Thank you Green Bee. Great post.

Michael Carney (217)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 7:37 pm
And I think John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" would be a great song as well...

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 7:52 pm
Michael, you are so right. John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" so appropriate.

Lydia S (155)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 7:55 pm
Little pink house's anyone ?

Julia Cabrera-Woscek (0)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 3:45 am
wow, nice

Victoria S (19)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 3:47 am
I'm listening to the songs now, there is some great stuff here. Thanks for sharing

Quanta Kiran (67)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 4:03 am

Kenneth L (314)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 4:10 am
Bob Marley and Bob Dylan two great writers of protest songs.
As Terry King has noticed, Which Side Are You On is an old protest song with each successor changing the lyrics a bit.

mary f (200)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 4:15 am
we could use more like him

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 5:44 am
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Wonderful songs. Thanks Betsy

Larry D Grazier (1362)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 9:46 am

Jason Green (235)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 10:28 am
Thankfully we still have some groups like Dave Matthews Band and The Indigo Girls and Linkin Park (just to name a few) that still have a social conscious and voice

Suzy F (94)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 10:44 am
Thanks, I've bookmarked the site, signed up and posted to FB....will listen to the many songs when I have more time!

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 1:04 pm
How about that song from the musical 'Hair', titled '3500'?

Elizabeth W (267)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 2:33 pm
This made my day. Thank you!

M B (62)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 3:36 pm
great work !!

Terry V (30)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 5:50 pm
A+ many thanks

Gloria H (88)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 9:12 pm
My favorit is "Step by Step" a song from the American Miner's Asso. in1864 The words mention union, but the beat and power of the song is wonderful. I imagine it could be reworded for Occupy. Good stompin feet song!!! Unity of 99 vs. the Goliath of 1%. Are we the united of America or not.
Also, I feel "we shall overcome" is a good one when marching and the hundreds of cops show up in full battle gear to protect the "interest "of the bankers, and are not "interested " in the safety of the populace.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday May 18, 2012, 6:14 am
Here is another version of the same song, that I had placed on C2 over 8 months ago, sung by Natalie Merchant.

The song was written by Florence Reece, the wife of an Union Organizer for the United Mine Workers of Kentucky, wrote this song in 1931 after deputies, hired by the Company, were sent to her home to terrorize her and their children.

Many have sung this song over the years, this one you found is also a good version. Check out Natalie she does it well too.

Teresa Cowley (274)
Friday May 18, 2012, 6:35 am
Great posting--great music--takes me back to the Jimi Hendrix Experience--so many memories--Thanks Green Bee!

Suzanne L (89)
Friday May 18, 2012, 7:00 am
Noted. Thanks. Brings back memories for me.

Janis B (7)
Friday May 18, 2012, 8:51 am
There are many artists who over the last 40 years have advocated the right things. There were the Christmas songs for starving Ethiopia, Tears are not enough by Northern Lights etc, Live Eight in 2005 which we attended then years ago there was LiveAid. The 60s were great for activism but it really hasn't died. Lots of celebs use the money and voice to advocate what is right.

Kerrie G (116)
Friday May 18, 2012, 10:03 am
Noted, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Friday May 18, 2012, 12:24 pm
Great. Thanks.

Caitlin M (104)
Saturday May 19, 2012, 5:56 pm
Whatever version one listens to, it's a darned good question! Thanks, B.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday May 19, 2012, 10:11 pm
Neil Young put out a whole CD a couple years ago called, "Living With War" that was excellent. Many years ago, I felt like all was lost until I heard Green Day protesting with their song, "Holiday," and then found out their whole CD, "American Idiot" was a protest. Just listening to it made me feel like I could start breathing again. Linkin Park has many protest songs as well. Pink did, "Dear Mr. President" which can make you cry. There are many artists like the Foo Fighters and Bruce Springsteen who protest inequality in their songs, too. This is crucial in getting the younger folks onboard, I think.

Amena Andersson (187)
Tuesday May 22, 2012, 11:14 am
Noted with thanks.

Nancy Black (308)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 10:56 am
Noted, tweeted, tweeted, tweeted, tweeted, tweeted and shared. This is a clever way to get a message out, a message that could make a big difference in our economy and culture of our country. Thanks, Betsy, for sharing.
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