Sunday, November 8, 2009

How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live?

A timely message and killer guitar from Ry Cooder and The Moula Banda Rhythm Aces, featuring the great Flaco Jimenez on accordion. The song says it all.

Last night, the House passed an historic health care reform bill, and now it heads to the senate. Keep your fingers crossed. Unemployment tops ten percent, and people are worried about holding on to even shitty jobs. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer--it may be a cliche but it's true.

Another take on the class war--this time from The Clash, the punk rock crew that rattled the windows and shook the teacups of the ruling class. "The only band that matters," people would say. They spit in the eye of injustice before "punk" became a pose or just a style of clothes. Here they perform Willie William's reggae classic "Armagideon Time."

A lotta people won't get no supper tonight...
A lotta people won't get no justice tonight...
The battle is getting harder
In this iration, armagideon time

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