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One of the Many Reasons Billy Bragg is Great

billy brag You would have to be crazy and stupid to hate Billy Bragg. That is all there is to it. Today on KEXP I heard a song he played live for KEXP, that isn’t the only place to find it, but it’s the one I think sounds best. Sadly, KEXP uses WMA & Realplayer… I’ve mentioned it before, but let me say again that those are crappy formats. If you want to hear KEXP’s version look under live performances. Anyway—

This new (to me) song’s title is Bush War Blues, which is of course and allusion to Leadbelly’s amazing song Bourgeois Blues. Leadbelly wrote his song after having a bad experience in Washington DC. Billy Bragg is just having the same hard time that all of America, and the world, is having. I suggest you listen to both of these songs, and I offer them both to you here. First some lyrics, and below you’ll find the audio.

Bourgeois Blues
by Leadbelly

me and my wife went all over town
and everywhere we’d go people turned us down
Lord, in a bourgeois town
woo it’s a bourgeois town
I got the bourgeois blues
gonna spread the news all around

me and my wife we were standing upstairs
we heard a white man say “I don’t want no niggers up there”
lord, he’s a bourgeois man
woo bourgeois town
I got the bourgeois blues
gonna spread the news all around

home of the brave, land of the free
I don’t wanna be mistreated by no bourgeoisie
lord, in a bourgeois town
woo the bourgeois town
I got the bourgeois blues
gonna spread the news all around

me and my wife went all over town
and everywhere we’d go people turned us down
Lord, in a bourgeois town
woo it’s a bourgeois town
I got the bourgeois blues
gonna spread the news all around

them white folks in Washington they know how
to call a colored man a nigger just to see him bow
lord, it’s a bourgeois town
woo the bourgeois town
I got the bourgeois blues
I’m gonna spread the news all around

I tell all the colored folks to listen to me
don’t try to find you no home in Washington, DC
`cause it’s a bourgeois town
woo the bourgeois town
I got the bourgeois blues
I’m gonna spread the news all around

Bush War Blues
by Billy Bragg

If you’re worried about Iraq
I’ll tell you this one thing I’m certain
this war is gonna make
the whole world safe for Haliburton

I got the Bush war blues
I got them Bush war blues
I got the Bush war blues
I’m gonna spread the news all around

well they spent a trillion dollars
on this illegal war
could paid all the social security
for a hundred years or more

I got the Bush war blues
I got them Bush war blues
I got the Bush war blues
I’m gonna spread the news all around

we’ve got to find some moderate muslims
with whom we can converse
might be an idea if we try to find
some moderate christians first

I got the Bush war blues
I got them Bush war blues
I got the Bush war blues
I’m gonna spread the news all around

here’s my simple message
to our soldiers overseas
wanna bring them back from Baghdad
send them to New Orleans

I got the Bush war blues
I got them Bush war blues
I got the Bush war blues
I’m gonna spread the news all around

well damn this war on terror
this invasion of Iraq
let’s declare war on poverty
cut the working poor some slack

I got the Bush war blues
I got the Bush war blues
I got the Bush war blues
I’m gonna spread the news all around

yeah, spread the news

cute little smile
curly hair
it’s George Bush’s poodle
goddamn Tony Blair

I got the Bush war blues
I got the Bush war blues
I got the Bush war blues
I’m gonna spread the news all around

[tags]billy brag, blues, bourgeois blues, bush war blues, class, iraq, leadbelly, music, politics, war, class [/tags]

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