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blt Folk, Blues & Politics-no contradiction (27) Lyr Add: OLD TIN SOLDIER 25 Sep 01


Perhaps this should be a BS thread, but I am curious what others think about the, to me, inevitable relationship between politics and folk music. I came of age as a folk singer during the Viet Nam war and thought of myself, at the ripe age of 12, as a protest singer. I thought of myself as part of a tradition of songwriters and singers who reflected back to the world a perspective that was much less than mainstream; critical but not nihilistic (there is a difference), and focused on social change. I still think, and write, this way--it is not a habit I really care to break.

I wrote these lyrics about 6 months ago.

OLD TIN SOLDIER

Just an old tin solder
My heaven crossed by
The wake of a star that fades with each year's turning
Who can I run to
With history on the brink
And locked in a cage like a hawk with a broken wing

I've searched the whole world over many times
Found and lost my eyes
Spent all reason
And there's the answer waiting down the hall
Where a brave child calls
So free and easy

White knights and carnivores
Like modern dogs of war
Howl at the moon of dust and desperation
Who are they praying to?
An ancient god or two
Give them a gun they'll shoot down the neighbor's son

You've searched the whole world over many times
Found and lost your eyes
Spent all reason
And there's the answer waiting down the hall
Where a brave child calls
So free and easy

blt


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