Friday, January 31, 2014

Goodbye, Pete, it was sure good to know you

And at Talking Points Memo, a look back at his career with some great photos, including Springsteen on the inauguration.

Singer, songwriter, and long-time activist, he kept performing and making us think, still wanting us to be better... In 2010 he co-wrote and performed a song "God's Counting on Me, God's Counting on You" with Lorre Wyatt, commenting on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It's below, along with that Inaugural "This Land Is Your Land" - with "all the verses" - and a few others.

"I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it."

in front of HUAC: "I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs. I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this."

"Most of my life I have assumed that the kind of songs I sing would not normally get played on the airwaves. I pointed to examples like Woody Guthrie's song, "This Land Is Your Land" to show that they don't have to get played on the airwaves. If it's a real good song, it will get spread around anyway."

On "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" and the Smothers Brothers show incident: "Of course, a song is not a speech, you know. It reflects new meanings as one's life's experiences shine new light upon it. (This song does not mention Vietnam or President Johnson by name.) Often a song will reappear several different times in history or in one's life as there seems to be an appropriate time for it. Who knows."

This Land Is Your Land, with Bruce Springsteen, at the first inauguration of Barack Obama:

"Waist Deep in the Big Muddy":


"Where Have All the Flowers Gone":

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