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Songs about truly pissed-off people

GUEST,Paddybee 08 Jun 11 - 07:29 AM
Keith A of Hertford 08 Jun 11 - 02:50 AM
eftifino 08 Jun 11 - 02:36 AM
Joe_F 07 Jun 11 - 09:36 PM
Jack Campin 07 Jun 11 - 07:54 PM
Midchuck 07 Jun 11 - 07:40 PM
MorwenEdhelwen1 07 Jun 11 - 06:47 PM
MorwenEdhelwen1 07 Jun 11 - 06:45 PM
Steve-o 19 Oct 06 - 01:26 PM
Bunnahabhain 19 Oct 06 - 12:44 PM
Uncle_DaveO 19 Oct 06 - 12:33 PM
The Borchester Echo 19 Oct 06 - 10:33 AM
Bunnahabhain 19 Oct 06 - 10:18 AM
GUEST,DS 19 Oct 06 - 12:51 AM
Uncle Phil 18 Oct 06 - 10:48 PM
Artful Codger 18 Oct 06 - 10:39 PM
GUEST 18 Oct 06 - 09:41 PM
frogprince 18 Oct 06 - 09:02 PM
Leadfingers 18 Oct 06 - 08:35 PM
Bugsy 18 Oct 06 - 08:24 PM
John on the Sunset Coast 18 Oct 06 - 08:14 PM
GUEST 18 Oct 06 - 08:05 PM
Uncle_DaveO 18 Oct 06 - 07:00 PM
GUEST,dax 18 Oct 06 - 05:42 PM
GUEST,ibo 18 Oct 06 - 05:05 PM
GUEST,guest Trev 18 Oct 06 - 04:32 PM
GUEST,Joe_F 22 Apr 06 - 08:21 PM
Rusty Dobro 22 Apr 06 - 07:47 AM
GUEST,Rodentred 22 Apr 06 - 07:02 AM
GUEST,AnneMC 22 Apr 06 - 12:54 AM
GUEST,AnneMC 21 Apr 06 - 06:44 PM
GUEST 21 Apr 06 - 07:40 AM
ard mhacha 20 Apr 06 - 07:58 AM
Elmer Fudd 20 Apr 06 - 01:01 AM
GUEST 19 Apr 06 - 08:42 PM
GUEST,Songster Bob 19 Apr 06 - 02:29 PM
ard mhacha 19 Apr 06 - 01:25 PM
kendall 19 Apr 06 - 11:44 AM
GUEST,thurg 19 Apr 06 - 01:42 AM
Songster Bob 18 Apr 06 - 11:57 PM
Midchuck 17 Apr 06 - 07:22 PM
Joybell 17 Apr 06 - 07:04 PM
MaineDog 17 Apr 06 - 06:08 PM
Cool Beans 17 Apr 06 - 06:02 PM
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GUEST,Jack Campin 17 Apr 06 - 03:36 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: I HOPE YOU DIE (John Wing)
From: GUEST,Paddybee
Date: 08 Jun 11 - 07:29 AM

John Wing's
I HOPE YOU DIE

Woke up this morning and you were gone
I read your note that said "So long"
You said this love would last our lives-
I hope your face breaks out in hives!

Ch:
I hope you die a painful death
I hope you choke on your next breath
You screwed me up, You done me wrong
I hope you die before too long

I hope you have a heart attack
I hope your breasts get really slack
You were my girl but now you're not
I hope you die, I hope you rot.

And I don't want to be your friend
I only want your life to end
You're back in town, someone else's pal
I hope you drown in the love canal

I hope you die a painful death
I hope you choke on your next breath
You screwed me up, You done me wrong
I hope you die before too long

I hope you die before I end this song...
I hopeyou die, I really hope you die
Die,die,die....
I really hope you die.


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 08 Jun 11 - 02:50 AM

I WILL GO.
After years of foreign fighting.

"When we came back to the glen,
The winter was turning,
Our goods lay in the snow
And our houses were burning."


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: eftifino
Date: 08 Jun 11 - 02:36 AM

How about:

Shaddap You Face! - Joe Dolce
NORWEGIAN WOOD - Beatles
Little girl - Beatles
YOU DON'T MESS AROUND WITH JIM - Jim Croce

Pistol Slapper Blues - Rory Gallagher
GOING TO MY HOME TOWN - Rory gallagher


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Joe_F
Date: 07 Jun 11 - 09:36 PM

I'm an ordinary figure in these democratic states,
A pathetic demonstration of hereditary traits.
As the children of the cops possess the flattest kind of feet
And the daughter of a floosy has a wiggle to her seat,
My position at the bottom of society I owe
To the qualities my parents bequeathed me long ago.
My father was a married man, and what is even more,
He was married to my mother, a fact that I deplore.
I was born in holy wedlock; consequently bye and bye
I was rooked by every bastard with plunder in his eye.
I invested, I deposited, I voted every fall,
And if I saved a penny, the bastards took it all.
At last I've learned my lesson and I'm on the proper track:
I'm a self-appointed bastard, and I'm going to get it back.

-- Ogden Nash, "Four Prominent Bastards", last stanza
(1933, in case you thought it topical)


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Jack Campin
Date: 07 Jun 11 - 07:54 PM

I reckon this lady deserves a song:

texting in a Texas cinema


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Midchuck
Date: 07 Jun 11 - 07:40 PM

Well, since I seemed destined to post to this thread just about every five years, what about the MARCH OF CAMBREADTH, by the former Heather Alexander?

Peter


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 07 Jun 11 - 06:47 PM

Pretty angry. Especially "Tell me how a monkey can make a cat!" and "Go cut down the tree where you grind your axe." Ouch.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BROWN SKIN GIRL (Lord Invader)
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 07 Jun 11 - 06:45 PM

How about this one?

BROWN SKIN GIRL
(Lord Invader-covered by the Mighty Terror)

1. What's wrong with you, Miss Ivy, girl?
Why are you trying to trap me with that baby?
What's wrong with you, Miss Ivy, girl?
Why are you trying to trap me with that baby?
We only got friendly in September,
And the baby was born in November.

Girl, you can't fool me like that,
Tell me how a monkey can make a cat!
(So we singin' bout)

Cho: Brown skin girl, stay home and mind baby,
Brown skin girl, stay home and mind baby.
I'm going away on a sailing boat,
And if I don't come back
Stay home and mind baby

2. Now this is something that a blind can see,
That the baby ain't belong to me,
You know that I am a fellow with a funny face,
And the baby don't belong to the Negro race.
If she go to America,
She compelled to find the right father.
So girl, don't worry with me,
You can't tie me up with that blue-eyed baby.
(chorus)

3. Yes, Ivy, girl, you made an error,
To be in love with that Yankee feller.
You thought he really come here to live,
It is better you had met a native.
You said they come here for ninety-nine years,
And they leave you with that baby shedding tears,
And now you want me to pay the tax,
Go cut down the tree where you grind your axe.
(Chorus)


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Steve-o
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 01:26 PM

A great Civil War song from a truly pissed-off guy:

I'M A GOOD OLD REBEL

(C-Am, C-Am, etc.)

Now I'm a good old rebel, now that's just what I am
And for this land of freedom I do not give a damn
I'm glad I fought against it... I only wish we'd won
And I don't want no pardon for anything I've done

I hates the Yankee nation and everything they do
I hates the Declaration of Independence too
I hates the glorious union....'tis driven with our blood
And I hates the striped banner, I fought it all I could

BREAK

Three hundred thousand Yankees are stiff in Southern dust
We got three hundred thousand before they conquered us
They died of Southern fever, and Southern steel and shot
And I wish it was three million instead of what we got

I won't be reconstructed, I'm better now than then
And for that Carpetbagger, I don't give a damn
So I'm off for the frontier... soon as I can go
I'll prepare a weapon and start for Mexico


Words by Major Innes Randolph, CSA, to the tune of "Joe Bowers"

Note that about 10 REALLY obnoxious verses are omitted in Ry Cooder's version (crap about joining the KKK, etc.)


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 12:44 PM

I though I'd proof-read that. More coffee needed...


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 12:33 PM

There's a whole category of songs about the bad conditions in (whatever) jail.

Here's three that come immediately to mind:
Hard Times in the Crider County Jail
Hard Times in the Wise County Jail
Hard Times in Durant Jail.

These are all different songs, not merely the substitution of the city or county jurisdiction.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 10:33 AM

What Simon Ritchie does is Anarchy In The UK. And he doesn't sound in the slightest bit pissed off. Quite joyful really. On the other hand, just about everything Steve Knightley has written for SoH pisses me off.


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 10:18 AM

Quite a bit of Show of hands writing is more than slightly pissed off. ROOTS, on their latest is a good example.

If you're in East Anglia, get Simon Richie to do his version of 'I am an Antichrist'. A morris dancer declaring himself to be an anarchist just seems right, if somewhat obvious. And it's punk on a melodion.....


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: GUEST,DS
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 12:51 AM

There's JIM JONES which might count more as bitter than pissed off. The last verse goes (from memory):

Oh it's day and night the irons clang and like poor galley slaves,
We toil and toil and when we die must fill dishonored graves,
But it's by and by I'll slip me chains and to the bush I'll go,
And I'll join the brave bush rangers there Jack Donohue & Co.
And some dark night when everything is silent in the town,
I'll shoot the buggers one and all - I'll gun the floggers down,
Oh I'll give the law no little shock remember what I say,
And they'll yet regret they brought Jim Jones in chains to Botany Bay.

Cyril Tawney's FIVE FOOT FLIRT is pissed off:

You're my 5' flirt in the robes of an angel,
Ya better had leave I alone,
Why the way you're behavin' it nearly unnerves I,
The thing that preserves I is my joviality.
Though I've got trouble as thick as my stubble,
It's you that's the worst of them all,
So get out of me track and if ya wants to come back,
You can crawl, crawl, crawl.

Seems to me that writing something pissed off is like writing something bawdy or pornographic; it's easy compared to writing something clever that's pissed off, bawdy or pornographic.


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Uncle Phil
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 10:48 PM

"If ever I return all your cities I will burn, destroying all the ladies in the area-o" always sounds like someone is a little miffed.
-Phil


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Artful Codger
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 10:39 PM

"Abe Carmen", in Peter Bellamy's second version, packs a good bit of bile.

And there's Eubie Blake's "Hit the Road": a woman's instructions in no uncertain terms to her philandering husband.

"LONG LANKIN" was clearly pissed off when he did a slice-and-dice on his neighbor's young wife and baby.

A propos of gleeful bloodfests, in the version I learned of "With Her Head", "Gadzooks, she's gonna tell him off for having spilt her gore."

---
WARNING: THREAD CREEP
The poem Abby quoted by "Black Bart, the Po8" (Charles Boles aka. Bolton) is genuine, but her comments echoed a couple common myths. Despite his self-chosen sobriquet, he was not really in the habit of leaving poems at his hold-ups. Over his entire eight year career as a stage robber, in which he is credited for at least 27 known robberies and attempts, he left poems at only his fourth and fifth heists; then he abandoned the affectation. His entire poetic corpus consists of just twelve lines. He once said that he contemplated leaving another poem at his last hold-up, but he may have been gilding the lily.

How pissed off he was is also a matter of conjecture. The poems seem intentionally designed to throw off the scent. He wrote the lines in different handwriting styles, and the doggerel and swearing helped create an impression of a man quite different from his San Francisco alter ego, an urbane mining executive (as he pretended to be) of sober habits. He couldn't hide his natural persona completely, though - he was unusually courteous when conducting hold-ups, and abstained from robbing stage passengers.

Furthermore, below that famous first poem, he added this note: "Driver, give my respects to our old friend, the other driver; but I really had a notion to hang my old disguise hat on his weather eye." There's more twinkle than spitfire in his tone.

His second poem is probably closer to the truth than the first:
"Here I lay me down to sleep
To wait the coming morrow
Perhaps success, perhaps defeat,
And everlasting sorrow.
Let come what will I'll try it on
My condition can't be worse;
But if there's money in the box
Tis munny in my purse."

Upon Bolton's release, a newsman asked him if he intended to write more verse. With characteristic wit, he replied something like, "Young man, didn't you hear me say I would commit no more crimes?"

His first poem has indeed been incorporated into songs. One example, "El Corrido de Bartolo Negro" appears in Katie Lee's Ten Thousand Goddamn Cattle - though both the song and Lee's commentary are rife with errors. (Lee also quotes the poems in a curious composite form, with the first embedded in the middle of the second, the way they once appeared in a circular about the robberies and which was soon copied.)


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 09:41 PM

Yes, John McCutcheon wrote it; also recorded by Charlie King.


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: frogprince
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 09:02 PM

"several years back someone put music to, and expanded the joke about the woman who sells a classic Corvette for $300 (or some such rediculously low $s)."
    John McCutcheon (or at least he performs it).


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Leadfingers
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 08:35 PM

The Music Hall had a few Pissed Off people as well - What about the old lament - "THE DARK GIRL DRESSED IN BLUE" for a start ?
Or "THE MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE"?


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Bugsy
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 08:24 PM

A couple of Eric Bogle's.

Dan
GLASGOW LULLABY
WHEN THE WIND BLOWS
NEVER AGAIN
AND THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATILDA

NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU'RE DOWN AND OUT.

TENNESSEE WALTZ

CHeers
Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 08:14 PM

I don't know the name of it, but several years back someone put music to, and expanded the joke about the woman who sells a classic Corvette for $300 (or some such ridiculously low $s). Hope I'm not repeating anything above. [THE RED CORVETTE - John McCutcheon]

WHEN IT'S SPRINGTIME IN ALASKA, an old Johnny Horton ditty.

AND THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATILDA - the Pogues version is quite angry.


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 08:05 PM

"COPS KILL RIGHTS DEAD" - Ethan Daniel Davidson comes to mind.

The country song referenced above 27Dec01 post is "COWARD OF THE COUNTY" - Kenny Rogers.

Then There's "ARM YOUR PRIVATE LEAR JET" - lyrics at freedomtracks.com


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Subject: Lyr Add: ALL USED UP (Utah Phillips)
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 07:00 PM

Someone mentioned Utah Philips's ALL USED UP Here it is, in all its glory!

ALL USED UP
(U. Utah Phillips)

I spent my whole life making somebody rich
I busted my ass for that son of a bitch
He left me to die like a dog in a ditch
And told me I'm all used up

He used up my labor, he used up my time
He plundered my body and squandered my mind
Then he gave me a pension, of handouts and wine
And told me I'm all used up

My kids are in hock to a god you call Work
Slaving their lives out for some other jerk
And my youngest in 'Frisco just made shipping-clerk
He don't know I'm all used up

Some young people reach out for power and gold
And they don't have respect for anything old
For pennies they're bought, and for promises sold
Someday they'll be all used up

They use up the oil, they use up the trees
They use up the air and they use up the seas
But how about you, friend, and how about me
What's left, when we're all used up?

I'll finish my life in this crummy hotel
It's lousy with bugs and my God, what a smell
But my plumbing still works and I'm clear as a bell
Don't tell me I'm all used up

Outside of my window the world passes by
It gives me a handout, then spits in my eye
And no one can tell me, 'cause no one knows why
I'm still living, but I'm all used up

Sometimes in a dream I sit by a tree
My life is a book of how things used to be
And the kids gather 'round and they listen to me
They don't think I'm all used up

And there's songs and there's laughter and things I can do
And all that I've learned I can give back to you
And I'd give my last breath just to make it come true
And to know I'm not all used up

They use up the oil, they use up the trees
They use up the air and they use up the seas
But as long as I'm breathing they won't use up me
Don't tell me I'm all used up

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: GUEST,dax
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 05:42 PM

Some discussion of Carson Robison earlier. His most pissed off song was after Pearl Harbour titled "SLAP THE DIRTY LITTLE JAP." Not very politically correct today but the perspective was different during WW2.


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: GUEST,ibo
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 05:05 PM

PANIC by The Smiths.

Hang the DJ steve wright


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: GUEST,guest Trev
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 04:32 PM

The Macc Lads would certainly have some pissed-off lyrics

"What the f*ck f*ck f*ck have they done to me pub?"

Shane Macgowan: 'The boys and me are drunk and looking for you, We'll eat your fr*gging entrails and we won't give a damn'. [BOYS FROM THE COUNTY HELL]

Christy Moore, "ORDINARY MAN" Harvey Andrews "UNACCOMPANIED" from "Writer of Songs" album.


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 08:21 PM

Rodentred: Cf.:

Good businessmen have often said
Always trim your costs if you're in the red
Well, come shake hands with an overhead
I'm in the sidings now.
If your money-tree will bear no fruit
Never blame the man who tends the root
But take your knife to the tender shoot
I'm in the sidings now.

-- [IN THE SIDINGS] by Cyril Tawney of blessed memory, surely a master of the pissed-off song; it's a wonder he did not show up earlier in this thread:

CHICKEN ON A RAFT on a Monday morning,
Oh what a terrible sight to see...

SALLY, FREE AND EASY, That should be her name
When my body's landed, Hope she dies of shame.

The hand that reaches out for yours
Can only close on a stranger's palm instead
As I lie on my bitter-sweet bed, my love,...

The finest ship that sailed the sea
Is still a prison for the likes of me....

If only the birds would booze
If only the sun was a party-giver
If I could just lend someone else my live
ON A MONDAY MORNING.

--- Joe Fineman joe_f@verizon.net

||: If we were all good liars, there would be little commendation of honesty. :||


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 07:47 AM

(Almost) anything by the great Roy Harper, but start with 'I HATE THE WHITE MAN'.


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: GUEST,Rodentred
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 07:02 AM

Didn't Utah Phillips write another one about a pissed off person in 'ALL USED UP'

I spent all my life making somebody rich
I busted my back for that son of a bitch
Now he's left me lying like a dog in a ditch
Says I'm all used up

I heard someone sing this once and he was literally spitting venom.


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Subject: Lyr Add: EMPIRE HOTEL (John Warner)
From: GUEST,AnneMC
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 12:54 AM

This one is not just about pissed-off people - but the eavesdropper got it literally !

                                EMPIRE HOTEL - by John Warner
The eavesdropper gets his come-uppance.  The tune is a variation on "The Farmer's Toast". (1994) Sung as question and response with male and female singer.

Both:
Early one morning I stood in Walhalla

By the Empire Hotel at the break of the day.

And somewhere upstairs there were two lovers talking,

So softly I listened to what they did say.

Man:        "Why are you stirring, my darling, my dearie?

        It's dark even now and the moon sheds no beam."

Woman:        "I've just heard the footstep of Coker, the fireman,

                He's off to the minehead to start raising steam."

"Why are you rising, my fine, lusty lover,

Surely there's hours till the break of the day?"

        "Shake off the wine from your last night's carousing,

        And look through the window, the light it is gray."

"Why are you dressing your warm, shapely body,

Sliding up garters and lacing your stays?"

        "The room's to be cleaning, the bed's to be making,

        And both of us working like all other days."

As the sun rose, I was still in Walhalla,

Beside that hotel above cold Stringer's Creek,

Charmed by the words of those two secret lovers,

I drew even closer to where they did speak.

"Where are my trousers, my boots and my jacket,

Where is my wallet, you sour faced whore?"

        "Your wallet's right here till you've paid for your pleasure,

        Your clothes, where you led them right there on the floor."

"The hooter is sounding, the skips will be rolling

And soon the gold batteries will rattle the ground."

        "If you're late again, they will fire you this time

        If you're out of cash, then you needn't come round."

"You're a slut! You're a thief, Christ, a man must be senseless

To waste all his money on drink and a whore!"

        "An hour ago I was "darling" and "dearie"

        And I'll wager this evening you'll be back for more."

"Well, here's thirty pieces of my hard earned silver,

The last evening's money I'm wasting on you."

        "The loss is your own, of both silver and pleasure,

        If one man does not, many others can do."

And when he had gone out the door in a flurry,

She drew from the bedside her old chamber pot,

Out of the window she emptied the contents,

I was listening below and collected the lot.

        Hark to the eavesdropper cursing at morning,

        Don't sniff too long at his curious smell,

        But from his cruel fortune take heed and take warning

        Don't listen to lovers at the Empire Hotel.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MICK RYAN'S LAMENT (from Tim O'Brien)
From: GUEST,AnneMC
Date: 21 Apr 06 - 06:44 PM

No-one has mentioned "Rock Salt and Nails" (Utah Phillips). One fairly unhappy man with a chip on his shoulder about the two-timing ladies.

Also: MICK RYAN'S LAMENT - Sung by Tim O'Brien
(1999 by Robert Emmet Dunlap, Prodigal Salmon Music/ASCAP)

Well my name is Mick Ryan, I'm lyin' still
In a lonely spot near where I was killed
By a red man defending his native land
In the place that they call Little Big Horn

And I swear I did not see the irony
When I rode with the Seventh Cavalry
I thought that we fought for the land of the free
When we rode from Fort Lincoln that morning

And the band they played the Garryowen
Brass was shining, flags a flowin'
I swear if I had only known
I'd have wished that I'd died back at Vicksburg

For my brother and me, we had barely escaped
From the hell that was Ireland in forty-eight
Two angry young lads who had learned how to hate
But we loved the idea of Amerikay

And we cursed our cousins who fought and bled
In their bloody coats of bloody red
The sun never sets on the bloody dead
Of those who have chosen an empire

But we'd find a better life somehow
In the land where no man has to bow
It seemed right then and it seems right now
That Paddy he died for the union

Ah, but Michael he somehow got turned around
He had stolen the dream that he thought he'd found
Now I never will see that holy ground
For I turned into something I hated

And I'm haunted by the Garryowen
Drums a beating, bugles blowin'
I swear if I had only known
I'd lie with my brother in Vicksburg

And the band they played that Garryowen
Brass was shin, flags a flowin'
I swear if I had only known, I'd lie with
my brother at Vicksburg


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Apr 06 - 07:40 AM

Walter Brennan also performed out life gets tedious.


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: ard mhacha
Date: 20 Apr 06 - 07:58 AM

Thanks Songster Bob, I have Carson Robinson on some CDs I have downloaded, and Carson isn`t doing any singing in his version of Life gets tedious,

Sun comes up and the sun goes down,
the hands on the clock keep goin` around,
I gets up and its time to lay down,
that`s just wasted effort.

Carson is lazily drawling his way through this number, and he sure as hell ain`t singing.


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 20 Apr 06 - 01:01 AM

"SHE GOT THE GOLD MINE (I GOT THE SHAFT)"

"MEET ME AT NO SPECIAL PLACE (AND I'LL BE THERE AT NO PARTICULAR TIME)" -- Nat King Cole

"YOUR MIND IS ON VACATION (AND YOUR MOUTH IS WORKING OVERTIME)" - Mose Allison

"EVERYBODY'S CRYIN' MERCY" -- Mose Allison


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 08:42 PM

Trad: THE GOLDEN VANITY and MY HUSBAND'S GOT NO COURAGE IN HIM

Dylan: POSITIVELY 4TH STREET and MASTERS OF WAR

John Lennon: GIMME SOME TRUTH, and HOW DO YOU SLEEP? (both 1971)

Broadway:
She Loves Me (Bock and Harnick, 1963): WHERE'S MY SHOE?
Kiss, Me Kate (Cole Porter, 1948): I HATE MEN
Whoop-Up (Charlap and Gimbel, 1958): MEN!
My Fair Lady (Lerner and Loewe, 1956): JUST YOU WAIT and WIHOUT YOU


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: GUEST,Songster Bob
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 02:29 PM

Does anyone know the name of the reciter?

The original hit version of this song was by a country singer called Carson Robison. It reached # 14 on the US national charts in 1948. There was also a cover version by Tex Williams at around the same time.

Later recordings were by Walter Brennan (1974?) and Doc Watson. The tune is semi-classical, almost like something Mozart or Haydn might have noodled with and then orchestrated beyond recognition.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: ard mhacha
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 01:25 PM

I have just come on to this Thread and after a quick glance through them I failed to see an old favourite from the famous BBC request programme "Family Favourites", anyone remember "LIFE GETS TEEJUS, DON'T IT?".
This monologue by a half-asleep hill-billy was repeated almost every Sunday,
One of the verses went,

There's a mouse a-chawin` at the pantry door,
he`s bin chawin` fer a year or more
and when he gits in he`s sure gonna be sore,
fer there ain't a durn thing in there.

Does anyone know the name of the reciter.


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: kendall
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 11:44 AM

SINSULL here. Don't they get hung by a rope braided from their own hair, Midchuck? Guess that's why I thought they were scalped.


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: GUEST,thurg
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 01:42 AM

Someone mentioned the Civil War - there's:

With the devil I do say, Curse Americay!
For I'm sure I've had enough of their hard fighting.

That's after Paddy and his recruited comrades have been told, Every murdered soul of you will get a pension, and after, In the war I lost me leg, All I've now is a wooden peg ... - BY THE HUSH, ME BOYS (as sung by O.J. Abbott in the Edith Fowke collection)


There's a Gaelic song from Cape Breton in which the bard wishes some poor woman who joked about his red hair will prove barren, but if she is not barren, that she will live to see all her children die before her. I believe that one's in the Helen Creighton collection.

And let's not forget that MacLean & MacLean jewel "F--- Ya" - some less gentrified soul can write those lyrics out.


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Songster Bob
Date: 18 Apr 06 - 11:57 PM

Some from my songbag:

I am a good old rebel, now that's just what I am.
For this 'fair land of freedom,' I do not give a damn.
I'm glad I fit against it, I only wish we'd won.
I don't want no pardon for anything I done.

I hates the Freedman's Bureau, and everything they do!
I hates the Constitution, the "Great Republic," too;
I hates that nasty eagle, with all its brags and fuss,
Them lyin', thievin' yankees, I hates 'em wuss and wuss.

I hates the Yankee nation, and everything they do!
I hates the Declaration of Independence, too.
Etc.
(From "Unreconstructed Rebel" [O I'M A GOOD OLD REBEL] trad. from a poem published after the Civil War)

And:

It's time to turn the boat around, that's what the people say.
The course our leader's setting is exactly the wrong way.
The compass reads disaster, he's run us hard aground;
It's time to fire the skipper, and then turn the boat around.

(from "TURN THE BOAT AROUND" by Bob Clayton)


I'm having trouble remembering lyrics, but you get the idea.

SongBob


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Midchuck
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 07:22 PM

Not a folk song - not even a song - but the part of Kipling's "Rhyme of the Three Captains," where the British merchant captain is complaining about the privateering activities of John Paul Jones, should qualify:

"He spoke of the Law as he crimped my crew—he swore it was only a loan;
"But when I would ask for my own again, he swore it was none of my own.
"He has taken my little parrakeets that nest beneath the Line,
"He has stripped my rails of the shaddock-frails and the green unripened pine;
"He has taken my bale of dammer and spice I won beyond the seas,
"He has taken my grinning heathen gods—and what should he want o' these?
"My foremast would not mend his boom, my deckhouse patch his boats;
"He has whittled the two, this Yank Yahoo, to peddle for shoe-peg oats.
"I could not fight for the failing light and a rough beam-sea beside,
"But I hulled him once for a clumsy crimp and twice because he lied.
"Had I had guns (as I had goods) to work my Christian harm,
"I had run him up from his quarter-deck to trade with his own yard-arm;
"I had nailed his ears to my capstan-head, and ripped them off with a saw,
"And soused them in the bilgewater, and served them to him raw;
"I had flung him blind in a rudderless boat to rot in the rocking dark,
"I had towed him aft of his own craft, a bait for his brother shark;
"I had lapped him round with cocoa husk, and drenched him with the oil,
"And lashed him fast to his own mast to blaze above my spoil;
"I had stripped his hide for my hammock-side, and tasselled his beard i' the mesh,
"And spitted his crew on the live bamboo that grows through the gangrened flesh;
"I had hove him down by the mangroves brown, where the mud-reef sucks and draws,
"Moored by the heel to his own keel to wait for the land-crab's claws!
"He is lazar within and lime without, ye can nose him far enow,
"For he carries the taint of a musky ship—the reek of the slaver's dhow!"

Peter.

PS - Sinsull, the 'revenge song' you asked about sounds a lot like Tom Russell's "The Sky Above, The Mud Below" - from which I quoted near the top of this thread, about 5 years ago (!). Although nobody gets scalped in that, just hung.

P.


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Joybell
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 07:04 PM

Just when I thought it was out of my head! "Somebody Stole my Horse and Cart" is back. I'm too much of a lady to repeat it. There are a few lines on some German websites for some reason. It's just a string of swear words but it sure sings well. I'll bet lots of us know it. Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: MaineDog
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 06:08 PM

I can relate to this one!

[THE BALLAD OF JAKE AND 10-TON MOLLY]


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Cool Beans
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 06:02 PM

"I HAD A HAT (WHEN I CAME IN)"

Chorus:
I had a hat when I came in
And I hung it on the rack.
And I'll have a hat when I go out
Or I'll break somebody's back.
I'm a decent man, I'm a peaceful man
And I'm not one to shout.
But I had a hat when I came in
And I'll have a hat when I go out.


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: SINSULL
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 06:01 PM

This is driving me crazy. There was a thread about a revenge song. Two outlaws steal a horse (and kill it?) taking its braided mane and tale. They are scalped in retaliation. Anyone know what I am thinking of?
SINS


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: SINSULL
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 05:56 PM

"One Two Three
I SHOT MR. LEE"

A traditional pastime if not song.


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: GUEST,Jack Campin
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 03:36 PM

It isn't a song but might make a good recitation. The Great Cursing here:

http://www.rootsweb.com/~sctbew/history/library.htm


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Subject: now dont mess with a son of a bitch
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 01:16 PM


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: GUEST,Nerd
Date: 03 Jan 02 - 02:32 PM

Yeah, to clarify, Mary Cliff's a DJ, not a performer. So when Ferrara says Mary played the song, she means Mary played a record of Aunt Molly singing the song--probably the very LP Bennet recommends.

Mary's a good egg, and usually deserves praise!


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Subject: RE: Songs about truly pissed-off people
From: Bennet Zurofsky
Date: 03 Jan 02 - 12:11 PM

"I Hate the Capitalist System" was written by Aunt Molly Jackson, who had good reason to be angry over the coal bosses in her part of Appalachia. Aunt Molly rarely gets the attention or credit she deserves. If she were still alive I am sure she would be royally pissed if someone named Mary Cliff claimed to be the composer.

Aunt Molly is one of the finest political singer-songwriters that I have ever heard, as well as a fine singer of traditional ballads. She is an extremely powerful and moving singer. She made a few trips to New York City to gather support for the National Mineworkers Union (NMU) and the CIO and I believe she performed at Madison Square Garden on one of these trips, but in general her work received little notice, especially outside of left-wing circles.

Upon re-reading Ferrara's posting, perhaps I misunderstood and Mary Cliff simply played Aunt Molly's recording for the gathering. If so, Ms. Cliff should be praised rather than damned. It probably was not a field recording, however. I believe Aunt Molly recorded "I Hate the Capitalist System" at the Library of Congress, probably for Alan Lomax.

Rounder published an excellent L.P. of Aunt Molly Jackson, which included "I Hate the Capitalist System." I don't know if they have published it as a cd. If not, they certainly should, and probably will, as part of their ongoing Alan Lomax project.


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