Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bob Dylan's Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues

Bob Dylan's "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues" (1962/1963)  seems infinitely sane and observant, but was apparently too "shocking" for the Ed Sullivan Show, or even original release on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963).  Here's just a brief sample of the lyrics (how many songs mention BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY?): 

Well, I investigated all the books in the library,
Ninety percent of 'em gotta be burned away.
I investigated all the people that I knowed,
Ninety-eight percent of them gotta go.
The other two percent are fellow Birchers . . . just like me.

Today's Birchers are more likely Tea Baggers and I'd have to guess they comprise more than two percent these days -- maybe more like 25%, the same zombified folks who think Palin and Huckabee are the bee's knees, that Rick Perry and W. Bush are or have been "just what America needs, a strong conservative man."   To crib from Cracker, what we all need now is another "strong conservative" -- like we all need a hole in the head . . .

Tea Baggers and John Birchers don't want to go back to the 1950s. They want to go back to the 1850s.

Today's Rune: The Mystery Rune.


Erik Donald France said...

Dylan sums up the whole thing with a heady "Good God." And I couldn't agree more.

the walking man said...

I think of them as a self correcting problem. They sow seeds of separation and discord and in the growing of divisions they too become divided. God help us if they ever read and understand a book not written by Glen Beck.

Charles Gramlich said...

I like the satire of this. ONe song where I can appreciate the lyrics.

Johnny Yen said...

Well said. It takes willful ignorance to be as out of touch with reality as these folks are. They make the McCarthyites look like pikers.

jodi said...

Erik, Tea cups and birch trees? Man, I am a dunce!

Erik Donald France said...

Thanks for the comments, y'all!