The original “No Nuke Blues” was written in 1979 about the Three Mile Island accident on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. The song was updated with a verse about the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 in the former Soviet Union. Unfortunately, a new verse needed to be written in 2011 about the ongoing Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. This version has Vic Sadot on vocals, acoustic guitar, and piano accordion. Eric Golub plays violin. This recording was done in Robot Envy Studio in Berkeley, CA with Sammy Fielding as sound engineer. Here's the Fukushima update verse:
They say earthquakes and tidal waves messed up the best of plans! There are deadly radiation leaks from Fukushima in Japan! Contamination's spreading through the land, the air, and sea! It's time to put an end to this insane nuke industry!
The sound track is a free download at SoundCloud. Both works are free Creative Commons Copyright to non-profit use unedited with attribution credits.
Vic Sadot Leads Fukushima 4th Anniversary “No Nuke Blues” Sing Out At Japanese SF Consulate. We're hoping to get a Japanese translation of this song that is singable! We need a Japanese musician to take that on! See the lyrics posted at "Broadside Balladeer" at SoundCloud. Blog at VicSadot.com here. In the featured photo you have left to right Cynthia Papermaster, Vic Sadot Singer-Songwriter and Chizu Hamada of the No Nukes Action Committee For current topical songs by other songwriters showcased by Vic see Truth Troubadour Showcase http://vicsadot.com/2015/03/17/vic-sadot-leads-fukushima-4th-anniversary-no-nuke-blues-sing-out-at-japanese-sf-consulate
"The smartest way to control people is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum."
Unfortunately, this describes the very technique used by Chomsky and other otherwise "progressive thinkers" to block questioning to get truth and justice for the JFK murder-conspiracy-coup of 1963.
Likewise the technique is used to try to stop truth and justice actions on the 9/1l/01 psy op that was used to create a climate of Orwellian fear & hate to justify wars, occupation, torture, targeted drone murders, and attack the very heart of the US Constitution, The Bill of Rights.
Chomsky's writing and speaking technique on JFK and 9/11 is to ridicule and dismiss, rather than to engage and investigate, gather and test evidence, and then verify or disprove the facts. What Chomsky and those who "strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion (on JFK & 9/11), but allow very lively debate within that (no conspiracy) spectrum" make possible, is perpetual war, more lies and psy ops, and horrific global injustices that only benefit a small elite.
Reclaim your right to question everything by reading Kevin Ryan's "Dig Within" Blog that is linked in Truth Troubadour Blog's Broadside for Chomsky titled "Blowback or Bloody Treason". Read "The Willful Ignorance of Noam Chomsky". Kevin Ryan is the author of "Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects".
Phil Ochs Being Remembered & Celebrated These Days - Special Vic Sadot Journal for Discussion by Broadside Balladeers Group at Last FM!
Among the greatest of all "Broadside Balladeers" ever is Phil Ochs! There are many good signs that Phil Ochs is being remembered and appreciated these days.
The wonderful movie by Director Kenneth Bowser, "Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune" has been out for a few years now. It really treated Phil with dignity, respect, honesty, and genuine appreciation. See more at http://philochsthemovie.com
The Phil Ochs Tribute and Memorabilia site known as "No More Songs" is going strong with many people contributing free downloads there. While preparing to move to California in 2008, I found the old reel-to-reel tape of my May 1973 interview with Phil Ochs in Washington, DC with Rich Lang on WGTB. I got a friend to digitalize and preserve it for me. Then I gave it to "No More Songs" for use as a free download. Phil had just returned from travels in South America where he had met and traveled with Victor Jara in Chile. But on the show he wanted to talk about Watergate, which was just beginning to get traction that would end up in Nixon's resignation. Phil sang "Here's to The State of Richard Nixon". See www.nomoresongs.com
Hot Tip from Broadside Balladeer Vic: Last I looked there was a free download of John Lennon on electric slide guitar backing Phil Ochs on acoustic guitar singing "Chords of Fame" at the free downloads section at NoMoreSongs.com http://www.NoMoreSongs.com
Another Hot Spot for listening to political singers of all genres is at No Lies Radio, an internet only 24/7 Pacifica affiliate radio station with its own music programming by Teri Perticone. If she likes an artist, she will contact that person or band and set up an interview for her "Back Stage" program, she will list their link in the Artist Section, and she will give them a place in the rotation. http://www.noliesradio.org
Phil's sister Sonny Ochs is still doing "Phil Ochs Song Nights" that bring people together in places all over the world to sing Phil's songs and their tribute songs to him. Sonny Ochs will be coming to California in November 2013 to do a tour with several musicians involved. This is Sonny's web site page where she tells you about these "Phil Ochs Song Nights": http://www.sonnyochs.com/remembering.html
Sonny recently posted an adorable photo of her as elder sister taking care of her baby brother in a diaper in 1941. That baby became the greatest topical protest singer of his era. Sonny Ochs' Facebook has lots of cool current photos too. https://www.facebook.com/sonny.ochs
There's a nice photo of Sonny Ochs with Gene Shay who is a Philadelphia icon of folk music with his long running radio show. But what many may not know is that one of Gene's projects was to put out an album of his own favorite folk singers doing Phil Ochs songs. That's a masterpiece! "What's That I Hear?: The Songs of Phil Ochs": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What's_That_I_Hear%3F:_The_Songs_of_Phil_Ochs
Another really cool thing I just found at Sonny Ochs Facebook page was posted by one of her friends. Neil Young did a fine rendition and tribute to Phil Ochs at Farm Aid this year by doing one of Phil's most poetic songs, "Changes". It's on the Farm Aid YouTube Channel! He really talks Phil Ochs up in the long-winded introduction calling him "one of the greatest poets who ever lived". [youtube]http://youtu.be/c9gyHnWegb4[/youtube]
Phil Ochs was highlighted in the Smithsonian Museum Folkways Collection along with his old friends who founded Broadside: The National Topical Song Magazine in the early 60's, Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen. They had come from Oklahoma with Woody Guthrie. Woody and Sis founded The Almanac Singers with Pete Seeger and several others who went on to join the more famous and commercially successful Weavers.
Here's a recent "Broadside Balladeer Blog" that might also serve to get a good discussion going and revitalize this "Broadside Balladeers" group.
If you have suggestions, or want to get more involved, please write to me here or at BroadsideBalladeer@gmail.com. But you don't need to wait for me to post here to get a discussion thread going. Make it your place too if you love Broadside Balladeers! Everyone is welcome to participate in the conversation and to suggest other singers and topics for discussion in this "Broadside Balladeers Group"! Best wishes to all! You can follow me on Facebook as Vic Sadot, on Twitter as "TruthTroubadour" or at my official website www.vicsadot.com
Phil Ochs Artist Page at Last FM http://www.last.fm/music/Phil+Ochs?ac=Phil%20Ochs
Sorry for not being more involved with the Broadside Balladeers Group here for a while. Life pulls you this way and that and you make your commitments as you go. I'm Chair of a local Social Justice Committee in Berkeley that plans lectures, movie screenings, and runs a monthly open mic.
There's a nice studio here in Berkeley that I have felt comfortable recording in for several years on a regular basis called Robot Envy Studio and I feel a great rapport in working with owner/engineer Sammy Fielding. My latest "Broadsides" from there get posted at my SoundCloud.com/BroadsideBalladeer site at www.soundcloud.com/broadsideballadeer
The latest ones are Stop Monsanto, No Nuke Blues Fukushima Update, Courage To Resist - Free Chelsea Manning, An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, and Full Spectrum Dominance with my brother Rob Sadot on electric guitar during his first visit to California in Oct 2012. A multi-instrumentalist wizard has been contributing his talents to some of my recordings as well, the much-in-demand Eric Golub of Alameda, CA, who has many of his own projects posted at SoundCloud. https://soundcloud.com/eric-n-golub
As to this group, you can write to me here or directly at BroadsideBalladeer@gmail.com
What would Phil Ochs be writing about these days? No way to know for sure, but when I'm writing songs I think about what Phil might do with subjects and they come out like this for me. Sixteen VIC SADOT CRAZY PLANET BAND SONGS to keep on rockin' in the post 9/11 “Free World”! .
“9/11 TRUTH and JUSTICE SONGS" - 10th Anniversary Edition. 1 Ballad of William Rodriguez, 2 Cheney's in the Bunker, 3 Blowback or Bloody Treason, 4 Trouble in the Rubble, 5 Ballad of Mohammed Atta, 6 Mad Cowboy Disease, 7 Ballad of Pat Tillman, 8 Tell John Yoo That Torture Is A Crime! 9 Love Me I'm A Liberal (update of Phil Ochs' 1966 classic on liberal posturing includes 9/11 themes), 10 Broadside Balladeer, 11 Nightmare of New Orleans, 12 London Calling 70705, 13 Are You A Citizen, 14 Oh What A Day!, 15 Simple Song of Freedom (update of Bobby Darin's wonderful 1969 anthem to struggle), 16 Ride the Wind (Stand the Storm) http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/vicsadot3
"Nightmare of New Orleans" was written by Vic Sadot as a Cajun blues song about a year after Hurricane Katrina devasated New Orleans. The song is about the criminally negligent response to Hurricane Katrina before, during, and after that catastrophe. There were grave warnings of possible disaster for New Orleans in the Times Picayune and National Geographic in the year before the tragic and deadly event. For many Americans, the militarization of the rescue mission was one of the most disconcerting aspects of the Bush-Cheney regime's response to the flooding. FEMA even hired mercenaries from Blackwater to "restore order".
Films such as "When the Levees Broke", "Trouble the Water", and "The Big Uneasy" reveal the pathetic and inhumane character of the emergency response. "The Big Uneasy" gives a forum to whistleblowers and community people who are not adequately covered by the corporate mainstream press these days. After watching "The Big Uneasy" by Harry Shearer in September 2010, Vic Sadot created a music video of his song.
Nightmare of New Orleans - Lyrics & Comments by Vic Sadot
Do you know what the French word “cauchemar” means? It’s a “nightmare” like right there in New Orleans! When they let the levees sink in disrepair The warnings were shrill, but they still didn’t care Yes, Bush cut the budget… Sent the money to war Now the great “Crescent City”… has death at her door
Well, Bush is a Nero fiddlin’ kind of guy He flew over the city in a plane in the sky The next day he’s back on vacation again’ Playing golf with his corporate empire friends It’s “criminal negligence”, leaving people to die! Now the mighty “Big Easy”’s left wondering why…
Est-ce que vous connaissez “nightmare” en anglais? C’est la Nouvelle Orleans completement sinistree! C’est criminelle de laisser les gens la mourir De ne pas les fournir les miens a partir Une tempete sauvage d’eau et de vent C’est le cauchemar de…la Nouvelle Orleans
The “Free Market” way to evacuate New Orleans Was to issue an order without providing the means For the poor to get out…There was simply no way! Hard winds and high waters came crashing that day! Now I see what that singer was trying to say When he said that “they’re trying to wash us away”
Do you know what the French word “cauchemar” means? It’s a “nightmare” like right there in New Orleans! When they let the levees sink in disrepair The warnings were shrill, but they still didn’t care Yes, Bush cut the budget… Sent the money to war Now the great “Crescent City”…will never be like before
Est-ce que vous connaissez “nightmare” en anglais? C’est la Nouvelle Orleans completement sinistree! C’est criminelle de laisser les gens la mourir De ne pas les fournir les miens a partir Un enfer predit pour les plus indigents C’est le cauchemar de… la Nouvelle Orleans
Copyright September 3, 2005 Victor Rene Sadot/BMI/Orbian Love Music
Phil Ochs had about 70 songs published in the 1960's and 1970's in Broadside, the National Topical Song Magazine, published in New York City by Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen. Vic Sadot met and interviewed Phil Ochs in May of 1973 as the Watergate scandal was beginning to take its toll on the Nixon administration. In 1982 Vic Sadot was asked by the aging and ailing Gordon Friesen to write an article in review of the more than 400 pages of FBI files that were released to him under the Freedom of Information Act. The article was published in Broadside magazine and in the Delaware Alternative Press in 1982.
I flew the final mission in the Japanese skies Set off the mighty mushroom roar When I saw those cities burnin' I knew that I was learnin' that I ain't a'marchin' anymore! I Ain't Marching Anymore - Phil Ochs 1940 - 1976 I Ain't Marching Anymore
Phil Ochs' FBI File By Vic Sadot
Over 400 pages of FBI memorandums on folk singer Phil Ochs were released to Gordon Friesen and Sis Cunningham, publishers of Broadside topical song magazine since 1962. They used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the FBI files on one of their most prolific contributors.
These files show that the FBI began surveillance on the folk singer early in his career until his death in 1976. A New York Office memo labeled "unclassified" but "confidential" reports that "Mainstream (magazine), Aug. 1963, on page 34, contains a poem entitled 'Glory Bound' by Phil Ochs and an article, 'The Guthrie Legacy'." In the early '60's a folk song movement burst out of the Greenwich Village (New York City) coffee house scene to claim national attention. Woody Guthrie, the "Dustbowl Balladeer" and union movement singer, was the hero and inspiration to a whole new generation of singer-songwriters. Guthrie wrote such well-known songs as This Land Is Your Land and Goin' Down That Road Feelin' Bad. Phil Ochs wrote a tribute to Guthrie titled the same as Guthrie's autobiography, Bound for Glory.
Phil Ochs grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He became an activist at Ohio State University as his awareness expanded in the climate of questioning aroused by the Civil Rights movement and the Cuban revolution. He quit college when he came up against censorship of campus publications which he edited. Ochs moved to Greenwich Village where he performed his own songs and befriended such talents as Bob Dylan, Eric Anderson, Dave Van Ronk, and Tom Paxton. Most of his songs were topical and controversial enough to cause the FBI to enter into its files: "Records of the Insurance Office of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802, 261 West 52nd St., NYC, were checked on 10/28/63 by (blacked out, of course) and they reflect that Phil Ochs joined Local 802 3/13/63 as a guitarist."
Ochs appeared at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963 when Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen of Broadside persuaded Pete Seeger to include Phil in one of his workshops. It was an important opportunity for the young folk singer. Ochs was soon recording, and songs like I Ain't Marching Anymore, Draft Dodger Rag, Outside of a Small Circle of Friends, Changes, and Love Me, I'm a Liberal found an audience of millions. Throughout the late '60's Phil Ochs sold out large concert halls across the country, including Carnegie, even though he was virtually excluded from TV and most commercial radio stations. Beyond any doubt, he also became the traveling troubadour of the anti-war movement as he appeared at major rallies from coast to coast.
Another FBI memo reports back to Headquarters: "On Oct. 15, 1965 Special Agents of the FBI observed Phillip Ochs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as he sang topical folk songs at a street rally protesting the U.S. participation in the war in Vietnam." After a blacked out paragraph, the report continues: "During the rally, Ochs mentioned that he was appearing at that time at the Second Fret, a night spot and coffee house in Philadelphia." The report doesn't say whether the agents dropped by for the show.
As the Vietnam war dragged on year after year and thousands of American men were sent home in body bags, the domestic opposition grew to a majority of Americans. A large demonstration outside the Democratic Party Convention in Chicago in 1968 was attacked by police, and after CBS reporters were clubbed and had their cameras smashed, a shocked Walter Cronkite wondered aloud if it was not a "police riot". One Ochs FBI file reports that he participated in a comic incident by the Youth International Party (Yippies!) during the convention: "At 10:20 am it was observed that a live pig was brought to the Plaza by the YIP contingent, which they announced was the YIP 'candidate' for President of the United States. When efforts were made by the Chicago Police to bring the pig under control, 7 Yippies attempted to intervene and were arrested by the police. One of those arrested was Phillip Ochs, a white male, born December 19, 1940."
The government attempted to put the diverse leadership of the American anti-war movement on trial on charges of "conspiracy to cross state lines to incite a riot." They were popularly known as "The Chicago 8" until Black Panther Party leader Bobby Seale was removed from the case and they became "The Chicago 7". Seale was bound and gagged and tied to a chair by order of Judge Hoffman because he repeatedly demanded to be represented by an attorney of his own choice. Ochs testified at the trial which lasted several months. It was the government's way of tying up scarce funds and experienced leadership of the movement.
There is an FBI memo labeled "SECRET" dated 10/1/68 which directs FBI agents: "During your investigation remain particularly alert to subject's writings and public statements which would indicate his attitude toward violence to attain anti-United States objectives." Ochs had moved to California, and the Los Angeles FBI office responded on 12/20/68: "A suitable photo of the subject is being recommended for inclusion in the Security Index." Earlier FBI memos had recommended that Ochs be placed on the "Reserve Index". Subsequently, Ochs was put on the Security Index when a form letter signed by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was sent to FBI offices around the country. Box #3 was checked: "Because of background is potentially dangerous; or has been identified as a member or participant in communist movement; or has been under active investigation as a member of other group or organization inimical to U.S. Photograph enclosed."
Phil Ochs at a 1968 rally for Eugene McCarthy, the anti-Vietnam War candidate of the Democratic Party. Photo by William Curtis who was a grad student there at the time.
The Little Rock, Arkansas FBI office responded on Oct. 22, 1969 with a memo titled "Threat Against the President". The report claims that a mother turned in an Ochs record which was purchased by her "14 year old son, Stanley Thomas, at Osco Drugs, S.W. Shopping Center, L.R." It reads: "This record was monitored on Oct. 20, 1969 and on side one the first song, entitled Pretty Smart on My Part states in song what appears to be: 'I can see them coming. They're training in the mountains. They talk Chinese and they spread disease. They wanna get me. They wanna hurt me. They wanna bring me down. But some time later, when I feel a little better, we'll assassinate the President and overthrow the government, and then, we're gonna fry them." Apparently, the FBI agents were not sharp enough to realize that Ochs was making fun of right wing anti-communist paranoid nuts. Each verse in that song mocks paranoia (unjustified fear) from several different angles.
Other file reports show that Phil Ochs' travels were closely monitored: "On Oct. 25, 1970, a Special Agent of the FBI observed Phil Ochs and Jerry Rubin depart Kennedy Airport, N.Y.C., for Paris via Air France flight 076, at 10:32 pm." After several blacked out paragraphs, we see a rather curious, perhaps informative, statement: "This document contains neither recommendations nor conclusions of the FBI. It is the property of the FBI, and is loaned to your agency; it and its contents are not to be distributed outside your agency."
On this European trip was immediately deported from England with British officials calling him a "communist" and a "traitor", according to his friend Gordon Friesen. The same thing happened in Ireland. So Ochs came home, and years later we find this in his FBI file: "OCHS was personally observed arriving in New York City from Dublin, Ireland on 11/16/70 by (blacked out)." Does this mean that the Central Intelligence Agency caused Phil Ochs' travel rights to be violated?
In 1971, he, Jerry Rubin, and Stewart Albert visited Chile where a socialist government had been elected and many properties owned by American corporations had been nationalized. Ochs met and toured with the popular Chilean folk singer Victor Jara. They sang to the copper miners, students and farmers, and they appeared on a television show together. Ochs ran into David Ifshkin, a former President of the U.S. National Student Association, and remained in Chile with him while Rubin and Albert went to Peru. From Chile Ochs and Ifshkin went to Uruguay where they were promptly arrested and deported to Bolivia. There is an FBI memo dated 10/27/71 that starts in capital letters: "DAVID MICHAEL IFSHIN, SM – SUBVERSIVE." All five paragraphs are blacked out. At the bottom of the report it states: "Foreign Liaison Desk, La Paz" and in hand writing it says: "referred to State Department". Victor Jara was later killed in the Santiago stadium in front of thousands of his compatriots as he led them in song during the CIA-backed coup by the Chilean military in 1973. The crowd in the stands was sprayed with machine gun fire to silence their rebel songs. Ochs took this political event very personally and he was deeply shaken and depressed by it. He was struck by the contrast between the utter horror of the coup and the oblivious routine of everyday life in America. (Note: This sentiment is exhibited in the Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Me song.)
Ochs took a trip to several African countries in 1973. (Note: There are rare recordings of Phil Ochs singing with African groups during this voyage.) One evening, while strolling alone on the beach in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, three muggers beat him savagely and left him unconscious. Was there any political motive behind this? The attackers ruptured his vocal cords and caused some permanent damage to his singing ability.
In 1974, Ochs and several others organized a benefit concert for the Chilean refugees in Madison Square Garden in which Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Harry Chapin, Melanie, and Pete Seeger performed.
His last major project was to produce an album and negotiate a record contract with Warner Brothers for singer-songwriter Sammy Walker in 1975. For the most part, the years 1975 and 1976 were years of disintegration for the once productive singer. Ochs became an alcoholic and was diagnosed a manic-depressive when h e sought treatment. He began calling himself John Butler Train and was involved in numerous hostile confrontations with friends and total strangers. When the manic stage finally subsided, he entered the quiet depressive stage in which he concluded that he had gone too far down the road to run as John Train. This culminated in his death by suicide. He hung himself at his sister Sonny's home in Far Rockaway, N.Y.
Since Phil Ochs' death, A&M Records has released an excellent two record collection album of his songs. Unfortunately, a sensationalistic book titled Death of a Rebel opens with and dwells upon the tragic last days and departure of Phil Ochs. It portrays him as a paranoid egomaniac without appreciation for his political and humanitarian commitment. This portrayal is also done without any attempt to acquire and investigate his FBI files. Gordon Friesen wrote a severely critical review of the book for its exploitation of Phil Ochs' suffering and its fabrication of supposed telephone conversations between Sis Cunningham and Phil Ochs. The author, Marc Eliot, never interviewed Gordon Friesen or Sis Cunningham, and would have no way of knowing their phone conversations without tapping their phones. In the book review, Gordon Friesen writes: "We never accepted as paranoia Phil's insistence that the FBI and CIA kept surveillance on him for a number of years. After all, Phil's key participation in the anti-Vietnam War movement had had tremendous impact, influencing tens of thousands to turn against the war-mongers in Washington. It seemed perfectly logical to us that the hawks would utilize the governmental agencies under their control to counteract the influence of the Phil Oches."
Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, this has now been confirmed. However, a stack of FBI files as thick as a big city phone book with more than half of the entries blacked out means that we are only glimpsing the tip of the iceberg. What don't they want the public to know?
So I turn to the land where I'm so out of place Throw a curse on the plan in exchange for the grace To know where I stand… Take everything I own Take your tap from my phone And leave my life alone! My Life from Rehearsals for Retirement - Phil Ochs 1940 - 1976 My Life
Copyright 1982 Victor Rene Sadot Alternative Press Syndicate and non-profit papers may reprint this article in full with credit to the author and the Delaware Alternative Press and Broadside, the National Topical Song Magazine.
Video by Dean A Banks for Broadside Balladeer, a tribute song to Phil Ochs:
Attention Phil Ochs fans and those with a new interest in Phil Ochs. A new interactive web site has been created called No More Songs: A Phil Ochs Collection: No More Songs: A Phil Ochs Collection
Note: Vic Sadot wrote a tribute song to Phil Ochs in 1977, a little over a year after he died, called Broadside Balladeer. Broadside Balladeer He did not release the song until 2005 on a 19 song compilation CD titled Broadsides & Retrospectives, which is available on CD Baby, Napster, and iTunes related sites: CD Baby Broadsides & Retrospectives MP3 & CD sales: Broadsides & Retrospectives by Vic Sadot at CD Baby
Blowback or Bloody Treason: Lyrics & Comments by Vic Sadot
The song was written by Vic Sadot after reading Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Ruppert, a former Los Angeles narcotics detective turned 9/11 Truth investigator. It calls for treating the events of 9/11 as a criminal act rather than simply accepting what politicians claim about the crime. Such questions as, who had the means, motive, and opportunity, are the essentials that any real-life or TV detective, such as one sees on Columbo or Murder She Wrote shows, employ in solving a murder. They always ask who might benefit from the crime, and they do not elimate any suspects who fit these questions. Michael Ruppert employs such sensible methodology that Sadot salutes in this song as he describes the elements in question. Blowback is the term used by the CIA to describe when groups hit back at the US for its war and military intervention policies. Many liberal critics jumped comfortably into this explanation of 9/11 before investigations began. The blowback theory does not confront the facts or contradict the official conspiracy story told by Bush and Cheney immediately after the attacks, nor the 9/11 Commission Report released in 2004. This song highlights the verifiable facts and the unanswered questions presented by 9/11 Truth scholars such as Michael Ruppert and David Ray Griffin
Michael Ruppert speaking at the International Citizens Inquiry in Toronto, Ontario in Canada on May 30, 2004. Ruppert is the author of Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil.
Blowback or Bloody Treason
Well, the day was nine-eleven in the year two thousand-one That’s the day the “war on terror” was officially begun When 2 planes took down 3 buildings in a scene of “Shock & Awe” Before they hauled away the rubble, it was a crime scene for the law!
Chorus: Who had the means? Who had the motive? Who could do this crime and live? Who had the opportunity? Who benefits to what degree? We need a great detective’s logic! Forensic facts and laws of physics… Not “leaps of faith”… Just “steps to reason” Was it blowback or bloody treason? Was it blowback or bloody treason?
The Towers fell into their footprints… Didn’t fall sideways at all… It only took about 10 seconds… What explains that fast free-fall? Only explosive demolitions causing vacuums in the core! Turning most things into powder… molten steel for weeks or more! (chorus)
The Pentagon was hit by something. Surveillance photos weren’t released… Our military, they did nothing! Did not defend the now deceased! Rice and Myers got promoted for failing at this crisis time To pre-planned wars they were devoted and the pretext was this crime! (chorus)
Jet Fuel Jokers
Across the fields of Pennsylvania “crashed” Flight UA 93 Ask your media to “explain ya” the 8 mile scattering of debris Show us proof and show us photos! We might buy your alibis… Or did your “war games” led by Cheney all go “live” behind your lies? (chorus)
There were warnings, whistle-blowers… And they tried to make it stop! Intel agents, FBI guys…. Blocked by “moles” up at the top Was Building 7 the command post for a New York “false flag” op? No plane hit it, but it imploded… Give that crime scene to a cop! (chorus)
Fast-track visas, Arab “assets”… Soon they’re “patsies” in the plot “Able Danger” named some culprits…Told: “Back off from what you got! Don’t you spoil our wars for oil… domination through “puppets”… You’ve got family. Keep your mouth shut! Don’t mess with our “state secrets”! (chorus)
Was it “blowback” at the Empire? Was it “treason” from inside? What else perished in those fires? Was it “our right to decide”? Is that key probe still ongoing into Army anthrax spores? Surely Congress should be knowing as a target of these wars! (chorus)
Copyright August 1, 2006 Victor Rene Sadot/BMI/Orbian Love Music
Trouble in the Rubble was written after reading the Associated Press article on the 9/11 rescue dogs by Amy Westfeldt. It was run in the Washington Post on Oct 20, 2006. It ran in the News Journal of Wilmington DE on Oct. 21, 2006. It reveals the curious fact that many of the rescue dogs of 9/11 had their feet burned by “white-hot debris”. The reporter did not question or explain how this came to be. While this story is consistent with other reports of pools of molten steel still being “white-hot” many weeks after the free-fall collapse and disintegration of the World Trade Center towers, it is not consistent with the official story that the towers fell into rubble as a result of jet fuel fires. This news story inspired this song. Washington Post Oct 21, 2006 - Scientists: Dogs Not Injured by WTC Work
Trouble in the Rubble by Vic Sadot, Broadside Balladeer
Well, the story in the paper ‘bout the rescue dogs at the 9/11 tragedy Said the dogs were’nt suffering like the humans were from diggin’ in the dangerous debris Asbestos in the air! Toxic powder everywhere! All around the WTC! And though the EPA said it was all ok. It was later proved not to be!
There was trouble in the rubble of the WTC! Danger that they could not see! Asbestos in the air! Toxic powder everywhere! And a strange “white-hot debris”! There was trouble in the rubble of the WTC! Pools of molten steel burned brilliantly! And in the news we learned that the doggies’ feet were burned by a strange “white-hot debris”!
Now, many months have passed since the data’s was amassed to document disturbingly! That many lung and brain killing ailments came, compounding the initial tragedy While humans worked for months at the crime scene site. The dogs were mostly there for days But all of them dug in the deadly dust, and breathed in the toxic haze! (chorus)
The workers searched the “Ground Zero” ruins in vain, responding unselfishly For at first they found a few, then for months found no one new in the depths of the WTC And the workers didn’t know in the rubble down below…the truth was burning secretly! There was no one left alive cause no one could survive that strange “white-hot debris! (chorus)
Now, many good firemen and rescue workers too are dead and gone before their time And many unanswered questions challenge you about this terrible crime But one of those burning questions ought to be answered rather easily It’s the one that explains scientifically that strange “white-hot debris”! (chorus)
Now, someone sent the firemen up the Towers that day to put the jet fuel fires out! And someone sent the rescue and removal workers in… Of that there is no doubt! And jet fuel isn’t known to melt steel beams away… It hasn’t got a history! But demolition charges make vacuums that way… And that’s no mystery! (chorus)
Copyright Nov. 16, 2006 Victor Rene Sadot / BMI / Orbian Love Music
Are You A Citizen (Or Are You A Slave) - Lyrics & Comments by Vic Sadot
By Victor Rene Sadot & Cindy Abramowicz Hubschmitt
The song challenges citizen apathy and the notion that we cannot change anything by citing the historical record of struggle that says otherwise. Colonialism, slavery, debtor prisons, and women’s subjugation were all defeated by mass struggles. A Bill of Rights, the right to organize unions, civil rights, and voting rights were not wanted by the powers that be. They came from upheavals by the masses and engaged intellectuals.
This anthem to struggle is done in strident Cajun waltz style that is accentuated by the 10 button Point Noir accordion and vocals of Vic Sadot. Ellen Lebowitz, an accomplished jazz torch singer in her own right, once again delivers impassioned back-up vocals. As one of the hosts of WVUD’s “Progressive Voices”, Ellen is no stranger to the essence of this song’s message. As always Dean A. Banks did a masterful job at engineering and mixing the song for the 2005 CD “Broadsides & Retrospectives”, which is available at CD Baby and live shows.
The song came about when Vic asked a fellow worker at an electronics warehouse to read an article former Vice President Al Gore about the use of fear by the Bush-Cheney regime to get people to go along with things they would not normally accept, such as pre-emptive wars, and repressive legislation like the so-called “Patriot Act”. When the fellow said he did “not do politics”, Vic said, “I thought you were a citizen.” He told his activist friend Cindy Hubschmitt the story and she suggested a song and some lyrics. Cindy is a local Delaware activist, frequent talk radio caller, and a devoted mother of four children. The song was developed through some email exchanges over about two weeks time.
The song is a free mp3 download here at Last FM, MySpace, and Soundclick.com. It is now in rotation at Pacifica’s new internet radio station, No Lies Radio, at http://www.noliesradio.org/
Are You A Citizen (Or Are You A Slave)
Are you a citizen or are you a slave? In the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”! Why do you tell me then, “Nothin’ can be done”? If we can’t change a thing, then they’ve already won!
We’d still be a colony if the founders thought that way! We’d have royalty, slavery, and debtor prisons today And women would never have won voting rights It would be the dark ages without doing what’s right
Chorus: Say: No to destruction of your planet earth! Say: No to repressive laws! You know what they’re worth! Say: Yes to the freedoms you were meant to employ! Say: Yes to the struggles that bring justice and joy!
Secretary of State Colin Powell lies at the UN about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction.
Yes, the media made you believe as you do They lied to deceive you and to brainwash you too But “a working class hero is something to be!” Remember that struggle is what made you free!
Now the Power Elite…They own all the news They filly your head up with their fear-laden views After years of consolidating property rights Now only a few own the media might (chorus)
They’ve dumbed down the TV, and they’ve dumbed down the schools They’ve dumbed down discussion as if we’re all fools It’s not a democracy if we don’t make it work! And it’s not a republic when it’s all going berserk!
If we let the corporates just take more and more! They’ll take all we have; leave us desperately poor! ‘Cause most made their millions through graft and through greed They don’t care about you or what your loved ones need (chorus)
They play in their mansions on sea-sides and hills While we work for wages to them our bills Now open your eyes! It’s no big mystery! Rise up, join together, and make history!
Are you a citizen? Or are you a slave? In the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”! If you look at past struggles, you’ll know it can be done You’ll use your Bill of Rights ‘til your struggles are won (chorus)
Copyright 2003 Victor Rene Sadot & Cindy Abramowicz Hubschmitt/BMI/Orbian Love Music Released in 2005 on the 19 song compilation CD by Vic Sadot, Broadsides & Retrospectives
Comin’ Through is a celebration of spring, renewal, and love. It’s part of a Limited Edition CD called Songs of the Seasons, which is only available directly from the artist. Maybe these songs can be purchased here at Last FM as mp3’s, not sure… This springtime love song calls on us to cherish the moments like this because “the pace of life betrays the length of all your days”… It was written in 1992 . This version is very mellow and contemplative. Cover of Songs of the Seasons – Photo by Bill Hartsock
"Songs of the Seasons" was released as a limited edition collection of live and studio recordings of songs that share an acoustic and reflective sound with love, nature, poetry, and green themes. The CD is posted on Last FM as one of Vic Sadot's albums. Songs of the Seasons Mama Bird Feeding Spring Yearlings
The pace of life betrays The length of all my days I’m bound to burn ablaze To vibrate rainbow rays To shine on through the haze To know just how it pays Comin’ through
I do encourage you To do what you must do To sing out what seems true To seek the rare and new To keep us in review I’m so in love with you Comin’ through Bigfoto water lillies in a pond
Chorus #2: Lost in zephyr thrills Found ourselves on hills and woodlands Time to tender time A lover now that I’m in good hands, in your hands, your good hands, for hours Comin’ through (Instrumental verse)
Ride the Wind – Lyrics & Comments by Vic Sadot Ride the Wind is Vic Sadot’s song about state terror and weapons of mass destruction. The title cut of a 1988 LP takes on new meanings in the post-9/11 era. Before it was about the balance of terror supplied by mutual assured destruction (MAD) in the nuclear arms race. It’s Dylanesque lyrical style now brings to mind the great fear and war mongering done in the wake of false-flag state terror operations by the globalizing corporate empire. Now when you hear it you think of the so-called “War On Terror“.
The message in the chorus remains the same, a call to be brave, use your rights to organize, and stand with your comrades: “Ride the wind! Stand the storm! There ain’t no place to hide!”
The song was released in 2005 on a compilation CD of the Best of Vic Sadot recordings called Broadsides & Retrospectives, which is available at CD Baby.
For more information on what really happened on 9/11/01 read any of David Ray Griffin’s books, such as The New Pearl Harbor, The 9/11 Commission: Omissions & Distortions, and Debunking 9/11 Debunkers.
You could also google David Ray Griffin to watch numerous videos of his speeches. Here is a link to one that he gave in Denmark called. See: September Eleventh: Should the Truth be Revealed or Concealed? Author, Philosopher, Theologian, David Ray Griffin, in Copenhagen, Denmark, analyzes the attacks of 9/11/01. [youtube]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8119854514684528700[/youtube]
Ride the Wind features the extraordinary talent of Rob Sadot on electric guitar in a style that shows his admiration for the Allman Brothers. Vic and Rob played at the DC Emergency Truth Convergence held at American University in Washington, DC on July 23, 2005.
Ride the Wind
Wish I could hop that old freight train and leave these blues behind The ways to get away from here been weighin’ on my mind I know no train can take me where I really want to go But come the dawn I will be gone… I’ll ride the wind, you know… I’ll just get up and go!
Chorus: Ride the wind! Stand the storm! There ain’t no place to hide! Ride the wind! Stand the storm! We cannot be denied!
Farewell, my friends, I’ll miss you all… I’ll miss you one and all One of these years I shall return… most likely in the fall So keep the faith that we have known in Love and Liberty And when we once embrace again we shall be strong and free… In Truth we shall be free!
Cold winds blow across the land… Dark clouds gather gloom Children wake up crying… Parents rush into the room It’s just another nightmare of impending days of doom But we’re gonna tear “your terror” down and make the deserts bloom! Yeah, that’s what we assume! (Chorus)
Photo from Abu Ghraib Prison Exposing US Torture in Iraq
It’s just like us to rise again when we have sunk so low Those who have no sense of shame will never learn to grow We cannot live locked in the past… The winter can’t stop spring! So let us join our hearts in hope… Let’s hear those voices ring! Yeah, let’s hear those voices sing!
Copyright 1988 Victor René Sadot/BMI/Orbian Love Music This song was the title cut for the 12 song LP Ride the Wind released in 1988.