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Tuesday, May 01, 2007


May Day Music

A two-fer for May Day. First, one of, or perhaps the, greatest union/solidarity songs ever written, Which Side Are You On, a song written in 1932 by the wife of an organizer in the Harlan County, Kentucky coal strike. This version is by Pete Seeger from the album "Pete Seeger's Greatest Hits":

And second, since last May Day and this one have now become a day to struggle for immigrants rights, the hauntingly beautiful Woody Guthrie song "Deportee (Plain Wreck at Los Gatos)," recorded by Judy Collins on the album "A Tribute to Woody Guthrie":

Update: Something I've noticed, by the way, is that these "widgets" are not always immediately responsive, presumably due to bandwidth load on the server (hey, it's a free service, you get what you pay for). After you click on the "Play" arrow, do not click again because it doesn't start playing immediately. Be patient. Read another post, or open another tab in your browser (you are using a tabbed browser, aren't you?) and read another blog, or, heaven forbid, do some work! The song will start playing, eventually.

Update 2: Replaced the "Which Side" cut with an improved (filtered) version.


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