Monday, May 22, 2006

It always comes back to Neil

In 1970, along with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Neil Young wrote "Ohio."

Over the last six years, many of us have been wondering -
Where are the protest songs of today?

Here it is.

"Lookin' For A Leader"
Neil Young 2006

Lookin' for a Leader
To bring our country home
Re-unite the red white and blue
Before it turns to stone

Lookin' for somebody
Young enough to take it on
Clean up the corruption
And make the country strong

Walkin' among our people
There's someone who's straight and strong
To lead us from desolation
And a broken world gone wrong

Someone walks among us
And I hope he hears the call
And maybe it's a woman
Or a black man after all

Yeah maybe it's Obama
But he thinks that he's too young
Maybe it's Colin Powell
To right what he's done wrong

America has a leader
But he's not in the house
He's walking here among us
And we've got to seek him out

Yeah we've got our election
But corruption has a chance
We got to have a clean win
To regain confidence

America is beautiful
But she has an ugly side
We're lookin' for a leader
In this country far and wide

We're lookin' for a leader
With the great spirit on his side

Someone walks among us
And I hope he hears the call
And maybe it's a woman
Or a black man after all


"Let's Impeach The President"
Neil Young 2006

Let's impeach the President for lying
And misleading our country into war
Abusing all the power that we gave him
And shipping all our money out the door

Who's the man who hired all the criminals
The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
They bend the facts to fit with their new stories
Of why we have to send our men to war

Let's impeach the President for spying
On citizens inside their own homes
Breaking every law in the country
By tapping our computers and telephones

What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees
Would New Orleans have been safer that way
Sheltered by our government's protection
Or was someone just not home that day?

Flip - Flop
Flip - Flop
Flip - Flop
Flip - Flop

Let's impeach the president for hijacking
Our religion and using it to get elected
Dividing our country into colors
And still leaving black people neglected

Thank god he's cracking down on steroids
Since he sold his old baseball team
There's lots of people looking at big trouble
But of course our president is clean.


Snave said...

Of course our president is clean! Thank God!!

What a wonderful CD. I hope more and more artists will take a cue from Neil.

Damien said...

Poor POTUS can't ever turn on a radio without being brought down, I hear he is even being directly compared to Nixon these days even among the White House press corps ranks!

Lizzy said...

The more I listen to the CD, the more I think of Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance."

It's filled with great sing-along anthems - very inspiring.

1138 said...

I picked it up and listened to most of it today.
Honestly it sounds like a bag of cats.
Whoa, whoa...
Don't get mad, I love Neil but his voice isn't the voice for these songs and the arrangements are not up to speed.
But that's not the point of the songs or the album.
Neil has created a template for other to use, and they will and only Neil Young had the courage to step out of the fog of past success and do it.
We all owe him a debt of gratitude and a serious listen to this album.
And younger, stronger voices need to take this template and run with it, and I'm sure they will if enough of us buy Neils version.

Lizzy said...

Give Families, Flags of Freedom, and The Restless Consumer another listen.