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Thirty years later, this is still the only song that has ever dealt directly and honestly with these issues.
XTC - Dear God (Official Video)
Music video by XTC performing Dear God. © 1988 Virgin Records Ltd.
Dear God, hope you got the letter
And I pray you can make it better
I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer
But all the people that you made in your image
See them starving on their feet
'Cause they don't get enough to eat
I can't believe in you
Dear God, sorry to disturb you, but I feel
That I should be heard loud and clear
We all need a big reduction in amount of tears
And all the people that you made in your image,
See them fighting in the street
'Cause they can't make opinions meet
I can't believe in you
Did you make disease, and the diamond blue?
Did you make mankind after we made you?
And the devil too!
Dear God, don't know if you noticed
But your name is on a lot of quotes in this book
Us crazy humans wrote it
You should take a look
And all the people that you made in your image
Still believing that junk is true
Well I know it ain't, so do you,
I can't believe in
I don't believe in
I won't believe in heaven and hell
No saints, no sinners, no devil as well
No pearly gates, no thorny crown
You're always letting us humans down
The wars you bring, the babes you drown
Those lost at sea and never found
And it's the same the whole world 'round
The hurt I see helps to compound
That Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Is just somebody's unholy hoax
And if you're up there you perceive
That my heart's here upon my sleeve
If there's one thing I don't believe in
April 10, 2019 | Suraya Mohamed -- Scottish singer, songwriter and essayist Karine Polwart seldom comes stateside. She prefers to limit air travel in order to minimize her carbon footprint. She took exception, however, to fly from Edinburgh to New York City to participate in the Carnegie Hall Migrations festival, a celebration of the history of the movement of people all around the world. Polwart and her brother, guitarist Steven Polwart and multi-instrumentalist, Inge Thomson, then escaped New York for a day to play the Tiny Desk here in Washington, D.C.
Polwart writes songs about hope, music that harnesses spiritual power and lyrics that address important social justice themes. Stories of human emotion and the human experience are also commonplace as in the first tune, "Ophelia."
"There's a wind in from the desert
Red dust blows across the sun
It bleeds into the evening
We watch it from the garden
Your hair glints in the strange yellow light
We let go of all our fighting
Her second song at the desk, "I Burn But I Am Not Consumed," includes a mesmerizing spoken word denunciation of President Donald Trump, while the closing tune, "King of Birds," praises the power of small things. In it Polwart recounts the legend of a wren who piggybacks a lift on an eagle's wing. Just as the large bird is unable to fly any higher in the sky, the tiny wren catches a breath of air, soars higher than the eagle and is crowned the king of all birds.
"At Ludgate Hill
where the towers of smoke and mirrors bruise the sky
the pilgrims huddle in
as the tiny King of Birds begins to cry
the people start to sing
to light glory in the dark
to ring the bell
and to breathe hope in every heart"
Lyricism and messages of hope and beauty heard throughout punctuate a stunning accompaniment of inventive instrumentation. The steady, resonant guitar riffs played by Steven Polwart ground the delicate vocal harmonies. Inge Thomson's accordion lines, combined with an array of percussion instruments and synth-generated effects, add a complimentary layer of sound without overpowering the music. Karine Polwart's bellowing and drone-like Shruti box provides a sweet serenity.
This performance will quite likely inspire you to learn more about Polwart. The NPR program, The Thistle and Shamrock often features her music. This recent episode features cuts from Polwart's latest album, plus her ideas on movement and migration.
"I Burn But I Am Not Consumed"
"King of Birds"
Karine Polwart: vocals, guitar, shruti box; Steven Polwart: guitar, vocals; Inge Thomson: accordion, percussion, noises, vocals
Producers: Suraya Mohamed, Morgan Noelle Smith ; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Beck Harlan, CJ Riculan; Production Assistant: Adelaide Sandstrom; Photo: Amir Alfiky/NPR
Stream and download "Can't Stop The Bleeding" - http://smarturl.it/CantStopTheBleeding
Tom Crew - Animator
Sean Evans - Director
Lagan Sebert - Producer
Production Company - Magic Seed Productions
Catch Tom Morello on "The Atlas Underground LIVE" Tour in 2019. For dates and tickets visit http://www.tommorello.com
Nick Johnson - Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride (Not to Be Confused With Electric Guitarist Nick Johnston)
For long-standing reasons we won't go into here, I have a sort of understandable aversion to gingers with lots of facial hair, but hey, this guy can play. Watch out for the dissonance.
"Nick Johnson's first full length album "Vice of Choice" is available NOW on all music platforms!
"Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride" tabs available here - https://nickjohnsonacoustic.com/tabs
Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/4tLfR4fMr1OSPoEW3TlHbT?si=DW8G11TrQOKYS-n4cpso8A
R.D. King the self titled record available now!
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Today's program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show:
The Mueller Report -- NSFW; It's a special 90 minute edition of the show as we review the redacted Mueller Report; The Goth Ninjas are here; Jody Hamilton from the Sexy Liberal Podcast Network and TRex David Ferguson from the TRex Report Podcast; With music by Battle Tapes; and much more.
The Washington Post has a very informative annotated version: Read the Mueller report: The full redacted version, annotated.
But even better, here's a searchable version, since Trump's stooge William Barr deliberately released it in an unsearchable form.
Attorney General William P. Barr is expected to hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. to discuss special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s final report. Read more: https://wapo.st/2PepEAe.
Seth takes a closer look at soaring corporate profits and CEO pay despite President Trump’s promise to be a champion of the working class.
Today's program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show:
Flying Water Tankers -- NSFW; Buzz Burbank from Buzz Burbank News and Comment is here today; Mueller Report coming Thursday; What's in it and what's been covered up; Trump's idiotic response to the burning of Notre Dame; What's that all about; Pete Buttigieg on Maddow; Bernie on Fox News Channel; Oleg Deripaska investing hundreds of millions in McConnell's Kentucky; With music by Monkeyhole and Emily McCrite; and much more.
As heartbroken Parisians looked up helplessly as Notre Dame Cathedral burned, President Trump proposed a bold solution via Twitter: water!
Sheer Beauty: Sara Bareilles With Chris Thile and the Milk Carton Kids, "Someone Who Loves Me" [VIDEO]
More from this week's show: https://www.livefromhere.org/shows/2019/04/13/sara-bareilles-milk-carton-kids-aparna-nancherla
Donald Trump does so much horrible stuff, I think some of us are starting to suffer from outrage exhaustion; I know I am. How many ways can you describe this monster dressed in a POTUS skinsuit before you repeat yourself? And I think I just repeated myself.
But his behavior toward Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar is one of the low water marks of his disgusting presidency so far. He's aware that his bigoted incitement is endangering her safety, but he not only refuses to tone it down, he's getting even more extreme.
Even worse, the entire right wing media/noise machine is cheering him on -- and this whole cycle of hatred began with a deliberate distortion of a rather innocuous comment.
There are no sane voices on the right in 2019; the Islamophobic mind parasite now has complete possession of the conservative host. Trump sees this on Fox News every night, his con man instincts kick in, and he exploits the hatred. It's what he does.
He knows she could be hurt by his incitement. He's very aware of what his cult-like, violence-prone base is capable of.
But he doesn't care. If it happens, he'll deny any responsibility.
REPORTER: Congresswoman Omar says your video led to direct threats on her life. Any second thoughts?TRUMP: "No, not at all." pic.twitter.com/wiSNptg0F3
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 16, 2019
In today's episode, Cody explores how Congress is woefully unprepared and unable to deal with liars and grifters like Candace Owens and the other fine folks at Prager University (fine print: not an accredited University).
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New From Seth Meyers: Sarah Sanders Says Congress Is Not "Smart Enough" to Deal With Trump's Tax Returns
Seth takes a closer look at President Trump still resisting calls to release his tax returns while complaining about immigration laws.
Following some recent revelations about the role of large companies in America’s ongoing opioid epidemic, John Oliver takes another look at the crisis.
The new album “Amidst the Chaos”, produced by T Bone Burnett, is out now! You can find the album here: http://smarturl.it/AmidstTheChaos
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