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I saw Peggy at the local folk festival (2008, I believe, as it was coming to the end of George W's term).

Here in Australia we have at least 2 elections coming up in the next few months.  One federal, one state. 
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I'd bet a lot of voters from the "Not My President" camp couldn't help hearing this as they headed off to cast their ballots:



you can probably identify them as those who've had too much of this emotion the past couple of years:



Now then...

GOLD -- Tennessee Ernie Ford, Sixteen Tons -- Old skool, timeless classic. 

SILVER -- Beach Boys, A Day In the Life of a Tree -- I'm a bit of a granola crunchin', sandal wearin' neo-Hippie at heart. Speaking of Tennessee, wonder if Tennessee native Al Gore heard this when first released and what he thought of it at the time? 

BRONZE -- Randy Newman, Short People -- Great Randy tune not associated with "Toy Story" that nearly took my Silver. Funny thing is my best friend is 4' 11" and probably no more than 99 pounds soaking wet (her sister is an inch shorter and similar weight). So as fun as it is, I gotta be careful with it.  

TIN -- Peggy Seeger, Gonna Be An Engineer -- Sorry, for me it's a little too cutesy-poo for breaking the glass ceiling. How's this for an alternate?:



Oh, is there room in the ItzMyParty campaign for this constitutional reminder?:



Thanks, Deb! Very curious how things go today! 
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nonbeliever, wow, a first time post and it is a vote in my BOTBs. I’m flattered.  Welcome aboard.  I hope you will stick around and check out the other forums, too.  Maybe you will even drop a vote here later this week.  Eddy Grant is new to me.  Many people are hanging on to hope while they vote today.  Some things are universal.

Al, I saw Joaz Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and the Indigo Girls on their “Four Voices” tour in Charlottesville last year.  Watching the demonstration unfold on TV just afterward had a surrealistic effect on me.
I really like Tennessee Ernie’s voice, too.  And I didn't know that Peggy Seeger was married to Ewan MacColl either until you posted it. "MacColl wrote "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" in Seeger's honour (and did so during a long-distance phone call between the two, while Seeger was performing in America and MacColl was barred from traveling to the US with her due to his radical political views)." - from Wikipedia.As short person, I just laugh at Randy Newman’s song.  Some people really take the song seriously.  (Yes, Lisa we can pack a punch even though we are small.) We’ve also heard that the “No Tall Peoples” Party would like equal time:

Lisa, I’m going to borrow the Troopers' song for a few friends and family who need to get the message.  Some people are only good at complaining instead of getting up and doing something.  I’m watching as Florida is teetering back and forth tonight between the candidates.  That is a real tight race.
Paul, thanks for the empathetic sentiments. I vote for the Diggers Song.  I learned a bit with the history lesson.  Not unlike those Levellers that came before, here is where our tradition of political protest songs began (We stole the tune from you guys.):

stkilda4ever, I hope it’s Peggy’s voice that you don’t much care for. Because if it’s the sound production it seems to have been mastered by a guy, someone called David Glasser? Here are some women in music production, who I admit are not well known (should they be?):
https://blog.landr.com/meet-10-women-sound-engineers/

t, I laughed at The Itzmy Party, even before I saw Larry’s comment.  I wish I had thought of that one.  The others are also great videos. I like your spirit.
I think Tennessee Ernie is pulling out to an early lead. Will it hold?  Returns are still in the early stage.
D.A.N, how did or didn’t you like Peggy Seeger. i imagine she has aged some. Has her voice mellowed? Happy voting in Australia!
Lisa, thanks for the Eurythmics/Aretha. That’s a unique combination.  I don’t get enough Eurythmics.  It will do fine.  I had Fight for Your Right ready to post but you got there!

Thanks to all who voted so far and for the cool and offbeat entertainment (bonnie and Larry) while the polls begin to close.  Here are a few more songs to vote by for the stragglers:

The Garden Party



The “Stone Masons” Collective

When The President talks to God - Bright Eyes


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Deb#1 said:
Eddy Grant is new to me.


Don't be too quick to dismiss him....Eddy's been around for a while...You may recall these:

The Equals (w/Eddy Grant) - Come Back (peaked at #32 in 1968)
youtube.com/watch?v=1f3o7OcYRIU

Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue (peaked at #2 in 1983)
youtube.com/watch?v=UG8_f0HdlMQ


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1.  Gold, by far, Peggy Seeger, 'Gonna be an Engineer'.   Don't hear 'cutesy pie' at all. (and now here's Twisted Sister).   Hear in every way, someone so much smarter than...Billy Bragg.    I'd also like to know anything in this song that isn't true.

2. "A Day in the Life of a Tree" by the Boys.  Jack R., has the lead, because he was 'thought by Brian to have a more tree-like voice'.  ha.  Not my favorite, but oddly lifted a little in my mind by the Roche's cover

3.  "Short People" by Randy Newman.   remember it, for some reason, at my first job in 1978, as supervisor, grounds quality, Mexico night shift, 6 Flags Over Texas amusement park, less than minimum wage, carried a flash light and a walky-talky.  "C1 by the Taco Train!" might be a call for 'clean up vomit near the ride, the Taco Train'.  I told my crew the Beach Boys were my favorite group.  The park played Raindrops Keep Fallin on my head over and over and over outside the front gate.  BJ was from Texas, I guess.  The Taco Train had a theme song, after 1000 times or so, I still remember: "folks you never met before, smile at you across the floor, you're not strangers anymore, FIESTA!....   my crew were about half black and half white.  The white people liked Journey and Kansas, the black people, gospel and R & B.  Even then I could whistle the entire 'Friends' album, while on my 'rounds.'

4. Tennessee Ernie Ford "16 Tons".   not too bad, sort of bluesy.  Sure there's truth in this song.  Just not very earth-shattering to me.
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Are we still voting?



Quirky social commentary down under in the 70's. Sadly, "Big Norm" died suddenly in office soon after this song was released. 



No band was going to make it called the Knobz, but they tried anyway and roped in our Prime Minister Piggy Muldoon in the bargain. Nobody didn't own a golden Muldoon piggy bank head in 1981. I can't think why it was such a big thing - perhaps to squirrel away our spare change from the horrendous taxes of the time. 





 

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WOW!  Great theme, Deb!  The elections are over, but the games are just beginning.

Here are my votes:

Gold:  The Beach Boys for A Day In the Life of a Tree.  Save the trees!  Brian really knows how to write songs about seemingly insignificant things - things we take for granted, like trees. This has always been one to tug at my heartstrings.  Most people love to see the colorful splendor of the fall colors of leaves, but they fall off leaving the trees bare and it's so depressing.  I prefer spring when everything is anew with the green new leaves and the birds singing.  In the movie, Cannonball Run, Farrah Fawcett's character talked endlessly about trees, "I like trees". Hug a tree today!

Silver:  Randy Newman for Short People.  Be nice to short people!  I always got a kick out of this one.  Good things come in small packages they say.  Not only pretty jewels, but short people, too.  Some short people that we all know:  Al Jardine, Davy Jones, Danny DeVito, actress Linda Hunt and Dr. Ruth Westheimer to name a few.  

Bronze:  Tennessee Ernie Ford for Sixteen Tons.  My heart goes out to the working men and women that do such tough jobs, much needed jobs, with sometimes very little pay.  They're just peons to upper management and get no respect.  They'd be in a pretty pickle without them.

Tin:  Peggy Seeger for Gonna Be An Engineer.  Women can do it!  Women have proven it by working in high positions like, lawyers, doctors, politicians, astronauts, architects, etc.  Go girls!




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Larry, I presume you meant Peggy Seeger for your Tin

Enquiring minds would like to know. [rolleyes]
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Hey t, three strong Everly Brothers connections this week.

Are you on to them?
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Other takes:
Man in black

Tongue is still in cheek - don't clap

No organ

Where I first heard it

Votes are still being tallied in some states and the accusations are flying.
https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/politics/elections/why-are-votes-still-being-counted-in-floridas-2018-midterm-election/77-613058908 

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Larry, I presume you meant Peggy Seeger for your Tin.

You presume correctly.


The Super Stocks -- "Muscle Beach Party"
youtube.com/watch?v=1O5MqMQ-ASQ

Bryan Ferry -- "It's My Party" (in honor of t. bedford)
youtube.com/watch?v=UPvQTo33nRQ

St. Vincent -- "The Party"
youtube.com/watch?v=F9L3D1w8KcY

of Montreal -- "The Party's Crashing Us"
youtube.com/watch?v=LolPT5a_ZMc

Gem Club -- "I Heard the Party"
youtube.com/watch?v=aSh4KOIHeEA


Voter fraud is extremely, extremely rare. One party makes it an issue in order to justify suppressing the votes of American citizens who tend to vote for the other side. How about, just like in the BOTB, we count all the votes to see who won?


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nonbeliever, wow, a first time post and it is a vote in my BOTBs. I’m flattered.  Welcome aboard.

Hi Deb,
as far as I'm informed, NB is not really a newbie. See here

https://brianwilson.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=9689254

post #41.

My lonely favourite among your 4 songs is „Short People“. It‘s not because it might be funny. For me, it‘s in the same row as „Always Look On the Bright Side Of Life“. Once you tuned in, you won‘t get it out of your head. A „cool“ song is pure understatement.

A Day In The Life Of A Tree“ is „nice“ to me, but not more. Would have been a nice try by someone less talented, but not for somebody like Brian who plays at least 3 leagues above. Apart from that, I don‘t like listening to songs from Brian‘s worst mental phase. Did he ever perform this one with his 21st century band ? I don‘t think so, and I also think he knows why not.

I owe my soul to the company‘s store. You load 16 tons, and what do you get ? Another day older and deeper and dead. If another monday morning comes, this will surely be in my car‘s speakers when wasting my time in the regular traffic jam. Where can I get songs like this from, if not from here ? BOTB is sooooo educational sometimes. All I can do is say thank you for presenting this one.

The engineer song is the most political one here to me. Your giggle is being choked by the drama, and that‘s what makes a good protest song. Nice imagination, having a trojan horse like this played by some Saudi Arabian or arch catholic radio show, by accident, because it sounds so cute.

So my ranking is:

1. (best) Short People

2. Engineer song

3. 16 tons

4. (worst) ADITLOAT (sorry)

Great selection of songs. Thank you Deb, and please don't mind my little disguise.This week can't be flattered enough.

Here's another trojan horse type of song:


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  Season 9 week 38.music to vote by


                   1)Sixteen Tons....best of the bunch

                   2)Short People....Does make you laugh

                   3)A Day in the life of a Tree....Green party anthem

                   4)Gonna be an engineer....its got a message but I can"t listen to it..lol


                                                           my votes are in !!
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t, talk about Eddy Grant:

[Eddy-and-Guyana-Flag-Guitar-1] 
History was created when, on the recommendation of the University of Guyana Academic Board, the University Council at its 2018 Annual Business meeting on Thursday, November 8, unanimously adopted the proposal to confer the university’s first honorary doctorate degrees upon four outstanding Guyanese at the 52nd Convocation of the Turkeyen campus to be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the National Cultural Center.”
“The honorary degree recipients, to be conferred with the Doctor of Letters (DLitt), have all made their mark in their respective fields of music, business, philanthropy and Indigenous rights. At the ceremony which begins at 9:00 h, Mr Edmond (Eddy) Grant will be conferred for excellence in music and civic engagement…
https://dpi.gov.gy/university-council-endorses-first-ug-honorary-doctorates/

And of course, I remember Electric Avenue.  But before now I could not have told you wrote it.

John B, that night job at Six Flags sounds like it could be outlandish at times. I worked a few too many midnight shifts in my day.  I was the boss on the night shifts and I liked that a lot.

bonnie, I had a much different picture of a Muldoon piggy bank. Then I found this:
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Did you actually have one of these? Did it give you nightmares?
Another interesting factoid from Wikipedia: “They (The Knobz) became famous in 1980 with their political song "Culture?" criticising Rob Muldoon, who was Prime Minister at the time and had stated that New Zealand's pop music was not culture. Muldoon had made the remarks in the context of refusing to lift a 40% tax on sales of music.”  Yikes, 40%!

Cindy, yes the elections are over. The lyric “What a difference a day made, Twenty-four little hours ” comes to mind.  The women showed  their power.
I like trees, too. When we were young in school I had to memorize James Joyce’s poem “Trees”. “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree…”  And Al Jardine looks even smaller when standing next to an upright bass.  I understand this is not even a full size bass but a 3/4 size.
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Al, I first heard Pete Seeger do GBAE.  It didn’t have the same effect.  But I do defend his right to sing it. [biggrin]

Larry, the BOTBs needs voter assistance rather than repression. [wink]

So, non-believer, are you really Cantina Margarita?  Then welcome back anyway.
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Apart from that, I don‘t like listening to songs from Brian‘s worst mental phase. Did he ever perform this one with his 21st century band ? I don‘t think so, and I also think he knows why not.
It’s not so hard to notice, but Brian also rarely does a song form his solo catalog, except for L&M. I did not necessarily consider ADITLOAT to be from his worst mental period.  I think he was purposefully going for something here.

Verden, it’s not nice to laugh at Short People.  Tall people, ok. Laugh away.

Well, even I have to consider my votes.  Based on vocals alone, Tennessee Ernie Ford has it all over the rest. He doesn’t even need a backing.  And let’s face it, Jack Rieley and Peggy Seeger are not the finest voices.  While vocals may be a huge factor it is not the only one.  The songs posted here had  political nuances, some tongue-in cheek, some not so much.  Cantina/non-believer puts it in a great way:

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The engineer song is the most political one here to me. Your giggle is being choked by the drama, and that‘s what makes a good protest song. Nice imagination, having a trojan horse like this played by some Saudi Arabian or arch catholic radio show, by accident, because it sounds so cute.

I like John B’s vote because it saw through that cutesy.  And I like Cindy’s vote for ADITLOAT.  She got the depressing nature of that song.
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Jack R. has the lead, because he was 'thought by Brian to have a more tree-like voice'.

And I think that is the point.  It is the right music to convey just how horrible that tree feels.  The message does get thru, life is precious.

Gold – The Beach Boys: A Day in the Life of a Tree
Silver – Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Bronze/Tin Tie – Peggy Seeger's Gonna Be An Engineer (confession, I was an engineer for 39+ years before I retired so I do have a special tie to the song)/ Randy Newman - Short People 

Voting on this BOTBs stays open until tomorrow night. Tell your friends.


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Darren said: Hey t, three strong Everly Brothers connections this week. Are you on to them?


They have 3 songs to vote by?!?

The only connection I see offhand is that Phil & Don appeared on Tennessee Ernie Ford's show in the early '60's.
youtube.com/watch?v=T84lX0njuFI

Cantina, welcome home. You said:

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Another day older and deeper and dead.


I believe the correct line ends "deeper in debt" (it's also a better rhyme).


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