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Joe Offer Lyr Add: Here's to the State of Mississippi (Ochs) (14) ADD: Here's to the State of Richard Nixon (Ochs) 09 Jan 21


Wikipedia says:
    Phil Ochs released the song "Here's to the State of Richard Nixon" as a single in 1974. Ochs replaces 'Mississippi' with 'Richard Nixon' in the lyrics. Additionally, Ochs changes some verses to reflect criticisms about the Nixon administration.


HERE'S TO THE STATE OF RICHARD NIXON
(Phil Ochs, 1974)

Here's to the State of Richard Nixon
For underneath his borders the devil draws the line
If you drag his muddy rivers nameless bodies you will find
And the fat trees of the forest have hid a thousand crimes
And the calendar is lyin' when it reads the present time

Oh, here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
Richard Nixon, find yourself another country to be part of

And here's to the schools of Richard Nixon
Where they're teachin' all the children that they don't have to care
All the rudiments of hatred are present everywhere
And every single classroom is a factory of despair
Oh, there's nobody learnin' such a foreign word as "fair"

Oh, here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
Richard Nixon, find yourself another country to be part of

And here's to the laws of Richard Nixon
Where the wars are fought in secret, Pearl Harbor every day
He punishes with income tax that he don't have to pay
And he's tapping his own brother just to hear what he would say
But corruption can be classic in the Richard Nixon way

Oh, here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
Richard Nixon find yourself another country to be part of

And here's to the churches of Richard Nixon and Billy Graham
Where the cross, once made of silver, now is caked with rust
And the Sunday mornin' sermons pander to their lust
Ah the fallen face of Jesus is chokin' in the dust
And Heaven only knows in which God they can trust

Oh, here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
Richard Nixon find yourself another country to be part of

And here's to the government of Richard Nixon
In the swamp of their bureaucracy they're always boggin' down
And criminals are posing as advisors to the crown
And they hope that no one sees the sights and no one hears the sound
And the speeches of the President are the ravings of a clown

Oh, here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
Richard Nixon find yourself another country to be part of

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqLtsp4xVAAz


And the interesting thing about this, is that you can substitute the name "Donald Trump" for every mention of Richard Nixon in this song, and the song will be totally relevant to this week's tragedies.


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