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Sail Away

For my Song Hall of Fame... "Sail Away" performed by Harry Nilsson

It's a Randy Newman song performed (better, IMO) by Nilsson. The song is a sort of recruitment pitch to potential slaves to sail away to America and live the good life. Obviously there's a great deal of irony in there...

"In America, you get food to eat
You won't have to run through the jungle and scuff up your feet
You just sing about Jesus and drink wine all day
It's great to be an American"

Jesus Christ

For my Song Hall of Fame...  "Jesus Christ" by Woody Guthrie

Jesus was a socialist, basically, and if he preached that today in America, they'd nail him up again.

Jesus Christ was a man who traveled through the land
A hard-working man and brave
He said to the rich, "Give your money to the poor,"
But they laid Jesus Christ in His grave

Jesus was a man, a carpenter by hand
His followers true and brave
One dirty little coward called Judas Iscariot
Has laid Jesus Christ in His Grave

He went to the preacher, He went to the sheriff
He told them all the same
"Sell all of your jewelry and give it to the poor,"
And they laid Jesus Christ in His grave.

When Jesus come to town, all the working folks around
Believed what he did say
But the bankers and the preachers, they nailed Him on the cross,
And they laid Jesus Christ in his grave.

And the people held their breath when they heard about his death
Everybody wondered why
It was the big landlord and the soldiers that they hired
To nail Jesus Christ in the sky

This song was written in New York City
Of rich man, preacher, and slave
If Jesus was to preach what He preached in Galilee,
They would lay poor Jesus in His grave.

Rev. Elzaphan Rucker

My GGGGG Grandfather on my mother's side, Elzaphan Rucker, was a blind minister. He lived from about 1780 to 1855 in Kentucky.

Reverend Elzaphan wore a red handkerchief tied to his wrist so that anyone meeting him would know that he was blind. It's said that children used to watch for him, the man with the red handkerchief, and run to help him.

Rev Elzaphan had such faith that he always said that the Lord would give him back his eyesight before he died. This alledgedly did happen and during the last three years of his life he could read the finest print.

B of J and Y

More info on The Ballad of John and Yoko... Excerpts from Wikipedia:

Recorded 14 April 1969

Released 30 May 1969 (UK), 4 June 1969 (U.S.)

"The Ballad of John and Yoko" was performed by Lennon and Paul McCartney; George Harrison was on holiday, and Ringo Starr was filming The Magic Christian. Lennon had a sudden inspiration for the song and called on McCartney, suggesting the two of them record it immediately without waiting for the other Beatles to return.

Lennon was on lead vocal, and played two lead guitars, acoustic guitar and percussion (beating on the back of an acoustic guitar). McCartney sang harmony vocals and played bass, drums, piano, and maracas. The outro guitar riff was inspired by the Dorsey and Johnny Burnette song, "Lonesome Tears in My Eyes", notably covered by The Beatles in their early years and released on the album Live at the BBC.

The session recordings reveal this exchange between band members:

Lennon (on guitar): "Go a bit faster, Ringo!"
McCartney (on drums): "OK, George!"

Both the song and the circumstances surrounding its rushed recording and release were unusual for the Beatles, and reflect the unhappy status of the band in its final months. Lennon had been unhappy that A-sides for the band's singles over the previous two years had been McCartney compositions, with his songs relegated to B-sides. He had also been angry that the other band members had been cool to the presence and influence of Yoko Ono in the recording studio. The release of this song as a single seems to have been a gesture to temporarily appease Lennon, and indeed he did remain with the Beatles long enough to complete the Abbey Road album.

The song was banned by several US radio stations,due to the words "Christ" and "crucify" in Lennon's lyric, "Christ, you know it ain't easy, you know how hard it can be; The way things are going — they're gonna crucify me."

The Spanish government under Franco objected to the song due to its statement that Gibraltar was "near Spain". The status of Gibraltar was a subject of debate between the two countries at that time.

Spirit in the Sky

Another long time favorite for my Song Hall of Fame... "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum

A good one to pick for karaoke, as I've done once or twice in my life. Did you know Norman Greenbaum was from Massachusetts (Malden) and he was Jewish (even tho the lyrics say "gotta have a friend in Jesus") ? I didn't either, until I just read it on Wikipedia.

February and March 2004

5 years ago, here's what was going on in my journal...

Tuesday, February 17, 2004,      Glasgow

"I got my absentee ballot for the Massachusetts democratic primary...  I'm pretty happy about that...  I really want to vote.  Last time around, there was some sort of mix-up and I didn't get sent anything... and Bush ended up getting elected...    This time I'm voting for a regime change...  There is absolutely zero percent chance I'll be voting for Bush in November.  We need to kick him and his bent cronies out !

For the Dem. primary, I'm voting for John Edwards as I've written about previously in here.  Kerry will win, tho."

Thursday, February 26, 2004,       Glasgow

"Did I mention in here that Brian, Debbie and the kids arer coming for a visit this summer ?  Well, they are.  It's official... they've bought the tickets and will arrive in Britain in mid August.  Woo Hoo !  So that'll be really nice."

Wednesday, March 3, 2004,       Glasgow

"This weekend, Linda and I are traveling to Newcastle to see Brian Wilson.  This will be the 3rd time in the past couple years.  We saw him in Glasgow and Edinburgh while he was touring and doing his Pet Sounds tour.

This time he'll be doing his previously unfinished SMiLE album live."

Wednesday, March 10, 2004,      Glasgow

"And look at this, we got Jeffrey Foskett's autograph.  He's the band's leader...

We got this at the entrance before they let people in at Newcastle City Hall...  I asked him what chance there was that brian would come out...  He said "zero" and then said "How's THAT for an honest answer?"

Tuesday, March 31, 2004,    Glasgow

"I went to see "The Passion of the Blood-soaked Christ" last week.  An odd movie, I thought... but it did make me feel a bit better about things... like the fact I don't get flogged and nailed up to a cross very often.  That would suck."

Assist me please

I get most of them, but can someone please help me with filling in the rest ?

left to right, from the top:

1a. detroying the world
1b. corporations
1c. wolf in sheep's clothing
1d. stock market collapse
1e. family values ????
1f. muslim scare mongering ?
2a. ET. why???????
2b. pollution
2c. anti-environment
2d. not what I think this means, is it ?????
2e. going without thinking
2f. christian church
3a. death penalty (electric chair)
3b. ??? what's this mean ??
3c. Jesus, christianity
3d. Book of Genesis
3e. Enron
3f. Disney?, or "Mickey Mouse"
4a. death?
4b. party of old people
4c. anti-regulatory
4d. erm, something about gay men ??
4e. ant-immigration
4f. ?? military ??
5a. ????
5b. anti-labor ???
5c. NBC trash television ?
5d. pro-gun
5e. pro big oil ??????
5f. drunk, why ?????

Excerpts from the BBC:

Buses with the slogan "There's probably no God" could soon be running on the streets of London.


The complete slogan reads: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."


"This campaign to put alternative slogans on London buses will make people think - and thinking is anathema to religion."

Hanne Stinson, Chief Executive of the BHA, said: "We see so many posters advertising salvation through Jesus or threatening us with eternal damnation, that I feel sure that a bus advert like this will be welcomed as a breath of fresh air.

"If it raises a smile as well as making people think, so much the better."

Bing Crosby

For my Recording Artist Hall of Fame, I'd like to induct Bing Crosby

I don't know, I guess he beat his kids or something, but still, what a great singer !! What could be more pleasant than to hear Bing Crosby singing "Accentuate the Positive", whether he's beating his kids at the time or not.

Crosby was the king of all media back in the '30's, 40's and 50's. Records, films, radio, orange juice commercials. "White Christmas" sold over 30 million copies and was number one year after year when it was reissued twenty years running. Bing was more popular than Jesus Christ !

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