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Thursday, May 17, 2007


Audio Post of the Day: Sixteen Tons

Written in 1947, "Sixteen Tons" became a hit in 1955 when recorded by "Tennessee" Ernie Ford. I chose this song to post in response to not one but two different developments in the news. On the one hand, although the days of company towns and "owing your soul to the company store" are largely in the past, the days of working people owing their soul to "the man" are far from over, as the recent spate of home foreclosures resulting from the subprime mortgage scandal shows.

Going from the sublime to the ridiculous, those of you who watch Keith Olbermann's "Countdown" program will know he is currently conducting a mock "D.C. Idol" contest, featuring public singing by various Washington politicians. One of those entries is Dennis Kucinich, offering up his rendition of "Sixteen Tons." If you've been unfortunate enough to listen to Kucinich's performance, you need to hear the original immediately as an antidote. Here's your chance:


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