Monday, November 08, 2004

am i the only one who thinks a nice little swap from "the state of mississippi" to "the red states of the union" would be more than apt here? few other lyrics would really need much changing...maybe change "black man" to "gay man" or "muslim" and "klan" to "christian coalition" or "homeland security department" (but then again, maybe the old and the new are equally apt...)...and "governor" to "president". but, other than that, i can think of very little i'd need to change to make it work for 2004.

sad, right?

"here's to the state of mississippi"
by phil ochs

here's to the state of mississippi
for underneath her borders the devil draws no line
if you drag her muddy rivers nameless bodies you will find
where the fat trees of the forest have hid a thousand crimes
the calender is lyin' when it reads the present time
oh here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
mississippi find yourself another country to be part of

here's to the people of mississippi
who say the folks up north they just don't understand
and they tremble in their shadows at the thunder of the klan
the sweating of their souls can't wash the blood from off their hands
they smile and shrug their shoulders at the murder of a man
oh here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
mississippi find yourself another country to be part of

here's to the schools of mississippi
where they're teaching all the children that they don't have to care
all of rudiments of hatred are present everywhere
and every single classroom is a factory of despair
there's nobody learning such a foreign word as fair
oh here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
mississippi find yourself another country to be part of

here's to the cops of mississippi
they're chewing their tobacco as they lock the prison door
their bellies bounce inside them as they knock you to the floor
no they don't like taking prisoners in their private little war
behind their broken badges there are murderers and more
oh here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
mississippi find yourself another country to be part of

and here's to the judges of mississippi
who wear the robe of honor as they crawl into the court
they're guarding all the bastions with their phony legal fort
oh justice is a stranger when the prisoners report
when the black man stands accused the trial is always short
oh here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
mississippi find yourself another country to be part of

and here's to the government of mississippi
in the swamp of their bureaucracy they're always bogging down
and criminals are posing as the mayors of the towns
they're hoping that no one sees the sights and no one hears the sounds
and the speeches of the governor are the ravings of a clown
oh here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
mississippi find yourself another country to be part of

and here's to the laws of mississippi
congressmen will gather in a circus of delay
while the constitution's drowning in an ocean of decay
unwed mothers should be sterilized, I've even heard them say
yes corruption can be classic in the mississippi way
oh here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
mississippi find yourself another country to be part of

and here's to the churches of mississippi
where the cross once made of silver
now is caked with rust
and the sunday morning sermons pander to their lust
the fallen face of jesus is choking in the dust
and heaven only knows in which god they can trust
oh here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
mississippi find yourself another country to be part of

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