People in German Village are getting pretty creative with their messaging. Or, perhaps, they’re just really bored after weeks of work at home and are feeling a need to get out and do something . . . different. Either way, we’re seeing more interesting forms of public expression around the ‘hood these days — like this effort, which uses the help of a standard issue stop sign to quote some of the lyrics of the Buffalo Springfield ’60s anthem, For What It’s Worth.
You remember that song, don’t you? After a few bell-like guitar notes, the lyrics begin:
There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear . . . .
Apt lyrics for these strange and interesting times.
Recently I’ve been listening to my “political songs” playlist on my Ipod. The only criterion for inclusion on the list is that the song has to have some kind of overt “political” message, as opposed to being about love, or cars, or some other song topic. I like the playlist because it has really good diversity of genres, artists, and even political viewpoints. The first 20 songs are as follows:
The Times They Are A-Changin’ — Bob Dylan New Millenium Homes — Rage Against The Machine What’s Going On — Marvin Gaye Ohio — Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Good People — Jack Johnson Revolution — The Beatles Capital G — Nine Inch Nails Tom Dooley — Kingston Trio Authority Song — John Mellencamp It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) — R.E.M. Pride (In The Name Of Love) — U2 Working Class Hero — John Lennon Born In The U.S.A. — Bruce Springsteen Why Don’t You Get A Job — The Offspring Redemption Day — Sheryl Crow Uneasy Rider — The Charlie Daniels Band Zombie — The Cranberries American Anthem — Norah Jones Things Goin’ On (Acoustic) — Lynyrd Skynyrd For What It’s Worth — Buffalo Springfield
If you’ve never heard it, Uneasy Rider is an absolute classic: