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Music for Your Patriotism Hangover

jill-sobule-bioBack in 2011 at Netroots Nation I was lucky enough to be  introduced to the amazing music of Jill Sobule. It was the first Netroots (progressive blogger convention) after the clusterf**k that was the 2010 elections. We were beaten and bruised. Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth, were just hopefuls… most didn’t even know their names.

We had been inundated with 2 years of “We want our America back!” and other such subtly racist phrases spewed by the Koch funded Tea Party machine. We needed an anthem. Something that fit our ironic, but self-loathing sensibilities.

Suddenly on stage came Jill Sobule and she started singing…

They say we want our America back
Our America back
Our America back
When they say we want our America back
What the f–k do they mean?

The crowd lost it. I haven’t seen a bunch of bloggers get that excited since the new wordpress update came out.

Watch, listen and enjoy.

(lyrics thanks to the wonderful Crooks and Liars)

You can buy Jill’s music right on her site.
They say we want our America back
Our America back
Our America back
When they say we want our America back
What the f–k do they mean?

Remember the Garden of Eden
Before Eve hung out with that snake?
You could walk down the street
And not worry about thieves
All the kids could go trick or treating

Then those foreigners started comin’ in
Like those Germans in 1790
Then the Irish arrived, the potato blight
The neighborhood started changing

Life was better
We lived right
Life had a paler shade of white
When they say we want our America back
We want our America back

Before there was Ellis Island
And that statue we got from the French
And that’s whore’s still alerting
The strangers she’s flirting
Inviting them into our beds

The Guineas, the coolies, the wetbacks, the Jews
The gays and the terrorists
And who let in that woman looks after my kids
And the one who is cleaning my nest

Life was righteous
Life was clean
Send them back including me
When they say they want our America back
Our America back, our America back
When they say they want our America back
What the f–k does it mean?

Before the gays had the agenda
Before the slaves were free
Before that man from Kenya
Took the presidency

We want our America back
Our America back
Our America back
When they say they want our America back
What the f–k do they mean?

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5 Responses to “Music for Your Patriotism Hangover”
  1. thatcrowwoman says:

    What a great question, eh?
    I’m not one to drop the F-bomb, myself, but I was singing along by the second chorus
    … with apologies to Grandma Shorty, of blessed memory.

    Thanks for sharing, Zach.

  2. slipstream says:

    Oakland pays “Occupy” protesters in settlement for police violence against peaceful protesters:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/03/occupy-oakland-protesters-1m-police

  3. TOO WONDERFUL….!! I loved it ….

  4. TOO WONDERFUL….!! I loved it …. Thank you.

  5. laurainnocal says:

    Holy shit. I just read it, gonna go back and listen. Truth be told…..