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raredance Lyr Req/Add: We Didn't Know (Tom Paxton)^^^ (19) RE: Lyr Req: Tom Paxton Lyrics? 15 Oct 02


thanks Joe for cleaning up the punctuation, adding the "s" to "camp" and correcting the spelling of the n word. the only pickiness left is the quotation mark after "two" which doesn't belong there.

Speaking of variable spelling the Broadside reprint book has "bourgomeister".

The following are Tom's liner notes from the LP
"Begun in the London subway on the way to a Trafalgar Square peace march, this song is a reflection of my preoccupation with fascism and what makes it ticke, particularly in some quarters here in America. The traditional German cop-out is all too easy to spot. With the soldiers it was obedience to orders; with the civilians it was variations on a theme of "I was never a Nazi" and "We had no idea of what was going on."

In Mississippi we have families who "know nothing" of lynchings, beatings and murders. In any case, there is "nothing they can do to stop it."

Even our establishment press has p8ublished pictures of South Vietnamese troops "interrogating" a captured Viet Cong with the help of the water torture, beating them and dispatching them with .45's.

Tell me you support the government's policy if you like, but don't try to tell me you didn't know what was going on."

rich r


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