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September 20, 2004

One Good Song Is Worth 10 Speeches

This is sort of an advertisement, but in a good way.

Mike Konopacki, of Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons has published a book of "songs for regime change," titled Hit the Road Bush.

Here's one of my favorites:

Overtime (Tune: Summertime)

Overtime -- Bush's plan is so sleazy
My paycheck's slumpin' while the rent is sky-high
His friends are rich; poor folks he's overlooking'
A working-class family can't get by

Now here's a warning -- we're gonna' come out swinging
Gonna spread the word that this scheme just won't fly
Four more years? It's a thought that alarms us
So Bush, kiss your overtime good-bye

(Words by Julie McCall)

The songs are put together by labor activist/songwriter Julie McCall and friends and dedicated to the proposition that, "As veteran labor troubadour Joe Glazer once proclaimed, 'one good song is worth ten speeches.'"

Copies of the book can be ordered from Collector Records, 9225 Wendell St., Silver Spring, MD 20910-3533

$5.00 per songbook plus $2 shipping.

Posted by Jordan Barab at September 20, 2004 10:10 PM