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December 10, 2005

Protest Songs and My Favorite!

My buddy Tom today, had an interesting post on his blog about "Protest Songs."  Which got me to thinking, what is my favorite protest song. 

Now, knowing that I'm not some "Dance in the middle of the street, bandanna wearing, chant shouting, disgruntle, blame everyone but myself for my life, wish I was back in the 60"s Boingo21_2 anarchist..." and probably because I choose to study Political and Military history as a hobby, I understand the complexities of international conflict and internal strife to a deeper level than say... Barbra Streisand, or even as some would say, Barbra Boxer (neither of which task is hard to do btw).

So back to my favorite "Protest Song."

I don't know what Danny Elfman's (pictured on the right) politics are, I suspect he is a registered Democrat (so he can continue to work in Hollywood. Carrying that card is probably more valuable than a Union Card in that city!)  But, he wrote (I think he wrote it, I know he sang it while the lead singer of Oingo Boingo) one, really relevant to my perspective of our "Modern Protest Society", song. 

The song is simply titled "Capitalism." And it has to be my favorite protest song.  Lyrics below...my favorite part is the chorus (in bold).

There's nothing wrong with Capitalism
There's nothing wrong with free enterprise
Don't try to make me feel guilty
I'm so tired of hearing you cry

There's nothing wrong with making some profit
If you ask me I'll say it's just fine
There's nothing wrong with wanting to live nice
I'm so tired of hearing you whine
About the revolution
Bringin' down the rich
When was the last time you dug a ditch, baby!

If it ain't one thing
Then it's the other
Any cause that crosses your path
Your heart bleeds for anyone's brother
I've got to tell you you're a pain in the ass

You criticize with plenty of vigor
You rationalize everything that you do
With catchy phrases and heavy quotations
And everybody is crazy but you

You're just a middle class, socialist brat
From a suburban family and you never really had to work
And you tell me that we've got to get back
To the struggling masses (whoever they are)
You talk, talk, talk about suffering and pain
Your mouth is bigger than your entire brain
What the hell do you know about suffering and pain . . .


(Repeat first verse)

(Repeat chorus)

There's nothing wrong with Capitalism
There's nothing wrong with Capitalism
There's nothing wrong with Capitalism
There's nothing wrong with Capitalism

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Great choice. Of course I always liked "Only a Lad" especially being around "Johnny" but it't not really much of a protest song, more of a "look at the stupid irony of our society" song. Stu

Posted by: | Dec 11, 2005 1:57:09 PM

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