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Title: Libertarian songs for your consideration
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Published: Aug 10, 2019
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Post Date: 2019-08-10 20:26:27 by Deckard
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Rush - Tom Sawyer (1981)

Any song with these lyrics must be libertarian:

Though his mind is not for rent
Don't put him down as arrogant
His reserve, a quiet defense
Riding out the day's events...
His mind is not for rent
To any god or government
Always hopeful, yet discontent
He knows changes aren't permanent
But change is...

Frank Sinatra - My Way (1969)

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught
The right to say the things he feels and not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way!

Billy Joel - My Life (1978) [Single]

Basically this song says - don't tell me what to do with my life...

I don't need you to worry for me cause I'm alright
I don't want you to tell me it's time to come home
I don't care what you say anymore this is my life
Go ahead with your own life leave me alone

I never said you had to offer me a second chance
I never said I was a victim of circumstance
I still belong - don't get me wrong
And you can speak your mind
But not on my time

The Kinks - 20th Century Man (1971)

I was born in a welfare state
Ruled by bureaucracy
Controlled by civil servants
And people dressed in grey
Got no privacy got no liberty
'cause the twentieth century people
Took it all away from me.

Don't want to get myself shot down
By some trigger happy policeman,
Gotta keep a hold on my sanity
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't want to die here.

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son (1969)

Some folks are born, made to wave the flag
Ooo, their red, white and blue
And when the band plays "Hail to the Chief"
Ooo, they point the cannon at you

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no senator's son
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one

Some folks are born, silver spoon in hand
Lord, don't they help themselves
But when the taxman comes to the door
Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no millionaire's son
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one

Some folks inherit star spangled eyes
Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord
And when you ask 'em, "How much should we give?"
Ooh, they only answer "More! More! More!"

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no military son
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one

Rush - Freewill (1981)

You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that's clear
I will choose freewill

Rush - Red Barchetta (1991)

I strip away the old debris
That hides a shining car.
A brilliant red Barchetta
From a better, vanished time.
I fire up the willing engine,
Responding with a roar.
Tires spitting gravel,
I commit my weekly crime...

Jonathan Edwards - Sunshine (Go Away Today) (1971)

Sunshine, go away today, I don't feel much like dancing
Some man's come he's trying to run my life, don't know what he's asking
Working starts to make me wonder where fruits of what I do are going
When he says in love and war all is fair, he's got cards he ain't showing

Charlie Daniels Band - Long Haired Country Boy (1975)

'Cause I ain't asking nobody for nothin'
If I cant get it on my own
If you don't like the way I'm livin'
You just leave this long-haired country boy alone

Steve Earle - Copperhead Road (1998)

I volunteered for the Army on my birthday
They draft the white trash first, 'round here anyway
I done two tours of duty in Vietnam
I came home with a brand new plan
I take the seed from Columbia and Mexico
I just plant it up the holler down Copperhead Road
And now the D.E.A.'s got a chopper in the air
I wake up screaming like I'm back over there
I learned a thing or two from Charlie don't you know
You better stay away from Copperhead Road

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

Here is a good libertarian song for you to sing when you leave the movement …

[Yes - It has lyrics ...]

Gatlin  posted on  2019-08-11   6:51:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Gatlin, Deckard (#1) (Edited)

You can't even post a classic gospel hit correctly. Yours is obviously not the hit original.

In the interest of helping you out in your dotage, I'll offer the real item and its backstory.

This track 5 from the 1968 album "Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord".

Lead by Dorothy Morrison-Combs
Written by Philip Doddridge
Arranged by Edwin Hawkins

Edwin Hawkins was a pianist at Ephesian Church of God in Christ in Berkeley, California when he came up with the popular Latin/Soul version of the song “Oh Happy Day” in 1968. In an October 23, 2009 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, he explained that "Oh Happy Day" was one of eight arrangements he put together for the Northern California State Youth Choir, which was made up of 46 singers ages 17 to 25, and the plan was to sell an album of the songs to finance a trip to a church youth conference in Washington, D.C. The tracks were quickly recorded live in church on a two-track tape machine (industry standard at the time was eight-track), but the records weren't pressed in time for the trip. They did attend the conference, and the choir placed second in a singing competition, where they performed 2 of Hawkins' arrangements, but not "Oh Happy Day," which Hawkins said was "Not our favorite song."

500 copies of the album were made, and one of them found its way to the popular DJ Abe "Voco" Kesh at KSAN-FM in San Francisco. Other stations followed, and Buddah Records signed Hawkins to a record deal, rechristening the Northern California State Youth Choir "The Edwin Hawkins Singers" for their reissue of the album, which became a huge hit.

This song was recorded for the Gospel market, and its secular success didn't go over well with everyone at the church: local officials of the denomination circulated a petition asking secular radio stations to stop airing the song. Hawkins had a different take. He told The Chronicle: "I think they thought they were doing the right thing. What confused me about it was they were teaching us all our lives that we were to take the message everywhere."

Dan Sorkin, who was a famous DJ on radio station KSFO in San Francisco, was a big supporter of this song and gave it a huge push on his morning show. He even interviewed Dorothy Morrison and Edwin Hawkins.

This won a Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance.

Edwin Hawkins’ gospel style arrangement of the hymn "Oh, Happy Day" has a long pedigree. It began as a hymn written in the mid-18th century ("O happy day, that fixed my choice") by English clergyman Philip Doddridge (based on Acts 8:35) set to an earlier melody (1704) by J. A. Freylinghausen. By the mid-19th century it had been given a new melody by Edward F. Rimbault, who also added a chorus,[3] and was commonly used for baptismal or confirmation ceremonies in the UK and USA. The 20th century saw its adaptation from 3/4 to 4/4 time and this new arrangement by Hawkins, which contains only the repeated Rimbault refrain, with all of the original verses being omitted.
The 46 singers in 1968 are now ages 68-75.

Recorded by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, it became an international hit in 1969, reaching No. 4 on the US Singles Chart, No. 1 in France, Germany and the Netherlands and No. 2 on both the UK singles chart and Irish Singles Chart. It has since become a gospel music standard.

The song has appeared in many movies, beginning with the German film Seventeen and Anxious in 1970, but most notably Whoopi Goldberg's Sister Act 2, with then-17-year-old Ryan Toby singing lead. The song also appears in Big Momma's House,Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, David LaChapelle's 2005 movie Rize, Robin William's 2007 movie License to Wed., and in 2010 biographical film produced by Walt Disney Pictures: Secretariat.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-11   7:24:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: Tooconservative (#2) (Edited)

Thank you - and Good Morning to you ...

How about an Elvis original "Peace in the Valley" ...

Edit - Actually, a remastered will probably sound better.

Gatlin  posted on  2019-08-11   7:28:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: Gatlin (#3)

How about an Elvis original "Peace in the Valley" ...

Factoid: Elvis was one of the artists who recorded Oh Happy Day. And so many other artists you could hardly list them all.

The story is interesting and illustrates something of the professional music scene back in the Sixties. Pianist rearranges some old hymns to make an 500 copies of an album with 8 songs to finance a trip to a music convention. Choir makes it there, doesn't even perform this song because they liked a couple of others much more and sang those. Then, after everyone thought the end of it was the arrival of the 500 albums originally promised to church members, a few local DJs with big followings got on board and pushed it, then it was on both coasts, the South, etc. And all from a youth choir at a church no one had heard of, using an old 2-track recorder. The story also illustrates how a handful of top DJs in major cities could bring a song like this out of complete obscurity and make it a bigger hit than anyone would ever have guessed. And it was never re-recorded. The version I posted is the one from the 2-track at that church in 1968. But look how far it went, how many countries it was a hit in, how many movies have used it.

Here's the usage from Disney's 2010 Secretariat, introducing a new generation to the song. Disney didn't waste their talents on these film sequences. Classic Disney cinematic technique, as good as anything Spielberg ever produced. And they didn't re-record the song but used the same old 2-track version from 1968, no doubt digitally massaged.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-11   8:08:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: Tooconservative, A K A Stone (#4)

Thanks for this.

You probably know – and then you may not – YouTube has some 8-10-12 hour videos with soft instrumental religious music and most of it is great.

I am of course on my computer many hours of the day and often at various times during the night trading stocks and researching information for consideration.

I have a second browser open and those soft instrumental religious songs play continuously 24/7/365. I find listening to them very soothing. When one is finished, the selection moves to the next one.

This is my favorite …

There is a mandolin picker in there someplace – I don’t have time to locate it for you – that gets my full attention. I stop what I am doing each time it plays and concentrate on listening to it.

Enjoy …

Gatlin  posted on  2019-08-11   9:18:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#6. To: Gatlin (#5)

There is a mandolin picker in there someplace

The use of the mandolin in music is widespread - numerous musicians use it to play various types of music including American country, old-time music, bluegrass and folk music.

A notable example of mandolin playing in bluegrass is "Blue Moon of Kentucky" by Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys released in 1946.

The Beatles used a mandolin on "Norwegian Wood" from their album "Rubber Soul" in 1965, but probably the most iconic use of the mandolin in rock music is in the memorable open to Rod Stewart's "Maggie May," released in 1971.

The Grateful Dead made wide use of the mandolin, R.E.M. featured the instrument in their 1991 song "Losing My Religion" as well as some of their other songs including "I Believe" a song from the 1991 album " Life's Rich Pageant"

The song "Copperhead Road" mentioned earlier in the thread also features mandolin picking and strumming.

A somewhat more recent example is the 1999 release of "She Walks On Roses" performed by "Vigilantes of Love" from their album 'cross the Big Pond.

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-08-11   10:34:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#7. To: Deckard (#6) (Edited)

The use of the mandolin in music is widespread –

The mandolin is probably my favorite "listen to" string instrument – if I had to choose a single instrument.

The sound quality is fascinating …

Thanks for the videos.

Gatlin  posted on  2019-08-11   10:40:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#8. To: Tooconservative (#2)

They did attend the conference, and the choir placed second in a singing competition, where they performed 2 of Hawkins' arrangements, but not "Oh Happy Day," which Hawkins said was "Not our favorite song."

That HAS to leave you wondering what the favorite songs were that they sang.

If "Oh Happy Days" doesn't move you emotionally,you are dead.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2019-08-18   11:50:15 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#9. To: sneakypete (#8) (Edited)

That HAS to leave you wondering what the favorite songs were that they sang.

By no means the first group that didn't recognize their best song though. There are other big hits that no one expected to be a success.

Sometimes the song succeeds despite anyone's expectations. And sometimes the ones they think are their best tunes never get a second listen by the public.

I like stories like that though.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-18   16:33:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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