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Love me, I'm a Liberal! (protest satire from 1966)

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Porcupine, Oct 20, 2011.

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  1. Porcupine

    Porcupine Active Member

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    "Love Me, I'm a Liberal" is a satirical song by Phil Ochs, a U.S. protest singer. The song mocks the differences between what liberals say and what they do. It was written 1966.

    I cried when they shot Medgar Evers/
    Tears ran down my spine/
    I cried when they shot Mr. Kennedy/
    As though I'd lost a father of mine/
    But Malcolm X got what was coming/
    He got what he asked for this time/
    So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

    I go to civil rights rallies/
    And I put down the old D.A.R./
    I love Harry and Sidney and Sammy/
    I hope every colored boy becomes a star/
    But don't talk about revolution/
    That's going a little bit too far/
    So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

    I cheered when Humphrey was chosen/
    My faith in the system restored/
    I'm glad the commies were thrown out/
    of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. board/
    I love Puerto Ricans and Negros/
    as long as they don't move next door/
    So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

    The people of old Mississippi/
    Should all hang their heads in shame/
    I can't understand how their minds work/
    What's the matter don't they watch Les Crain?/
    But if you ask me to bus my children/
    I hope the cops take down your name/
    So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

    I read New Republic and Nation/
    I've learned to take every view/
    You know, I've memorized Lerner and Golden/
    I feel like I'm almost a Jew/
    But when it comes to times like Korea/
    There's no one more red, white and blue/
    So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

    I vote for the democratic party/
    They want the U.N. to be strong/
    I go to all the Pete Seeger concerts/
    He sure gets me singing those songs/
    I'll send all the money you ask for/
    But don't ask me to come on along/
    So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

    Once I was young and impulsive/
    I wore every conceivable pin/
    Even went to the socialist meetings/
    Learned all the old union hymns/
    But I've grown older and wiser/
    And that's why I'm turning you in/
    So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal
     
  2. Dickgshot

    Dickgshot Well-Known Member

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    You do know that Phil Oaks was a liberal himself, and the song was a
    complaint about liberals who were too far right?

    It wasn't against liberals. He was liberal and an anti-war activist and
    one of the original Yippies.

    He was also bi-polar and insane the last years of life which ended in
    1976 when he committed suicide.
     
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