Phil Ochs – I’m Gonna Say it Now!

Phil Ochs – Lyrics that state the right to speak up against anything that is wrong!

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It is only by means of our dissidents that we can go forward. These are people who look at what is going on and are not afraid to shout about all the wrongs.

If something is wrong it needs highlighting. Phil was one of the few people who was prepared to constantly shout about it. The establishment is very good at manipulating us. That is really clear at the moment in the election. We are being subjected to all types of psychological ploys. The establishment media distorts the message, creates fears and insecurity and attempts to alter our minds.

We need people like Ochs and the early Dylan. They weren’t ‘Protest’ songs so much as social commentary. They woke me up and made me think about war, civil rights, fairness, justice and freedom. Too many people go through life without engaging their brain.

Phil was a shining light.

This should be the theme song of this blog!

I miss you Phil!

Phil Ochs – I’m Gonna Say it now
Oh I am just a student, sir
and only want to learn
But it’s hard to read through the risin’ smoke
of the books that you like to burn
So I’d like to make a promise
and I’d like to make a vow
That when I’ve got something to say, sir
I’m gonna say it now
Oh you’ve given me a number
and you’ve taken off my name
To get around this campus
why, you almost need a plane
And you’re supporting Chang Kai-Shek
while I’m supporting Mao
So when I’ve got something to say, sir
I’m gonna say it now
I wish that you’d make up your mind
I wish that you’d decide
That I should live as freely
as those who live outside
Cause we also are entitled
to the rights to be endowed
And when I’ve got something to say, sir
I’m gonna say it now
Ooh, you’d like to be my father
you’d like to be my Dad
And give me kisses when I’m good
and spank me when I’m bad
But since I’ve left my parents
I’ve forgotten how to bow
So when I’ve got something to say, sir
I’m gonna say it now
And things they might be different
if I was here alone
But I’ve got a friend or two
who no longer live at home
And we’ll respect our elders
just as long as they allow
That when I’ve got something to say, sir
I’m gonna say it now
I’ve read of other countries
where the students take a stand
Maybe even help to overthrow
the leaders of the land
Now I wouldn’t go so far to say
we’re also learnin’ how
But when I’ve got something to say, sir
I’m gonna say it now
So keep right on a-talkin’
and tell us what to do
If nobody listens
my apologies to you
And I know that you were younger once
’cause you sure are older now
And when I’ve got something to say, sir
I’m gonna say it now
So I am just a student sir
and only want to learn
But it’s hard to read through the risin’ smoke
from the books that you like to burn
So I’d like to make a promise
and I’d like to make a vow
That when I’ve got something to say, sir
I’m gonna say it now

 

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