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 1 William Moore Lyrics
 2 What Are You Fighting For? Lyrics
 3 There But for Fortune Lyrics
 4 Paul Crump
 5 Talking Airplane Disaster
 6 How Long - (previously unreleased)

Phil Ochs Talking Birmingham Jam Lyrics
 7 Davey Moore - (previously unreleased)
 8 Introduction
 9 Ballad of Medgar Evers Lyrics
10 Talking Birmingham Jam
11 Power & the Glory Lyrics
12 Draft Dodger Rag Lyrics
13 I Ain't Marching Anymore Lyrics
14 Links on the Chain Lyrics

Phil Ochs Talking Birmingham Jam Lyrics
15 Talking Vietnam Blues Lyrics
16 Cross My Heart Lyrics
17 Half A Century High Lyrics
18 Is There Anybody Here? Lyrics
19 Party, The Lyrics
20 Pleasures of the Harbor Lyrics


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Talking Birmingham Jam Lyrics by Phil Ochs

SPOKEN: Well, I think, whenever there's a deep tragedy,
There's also present something of the ridiculous.
So I'd like to do you a song now,
Called "Talking Birmingham Jam."
Walkin' down to Birmingham, 'way down South in Dixie land,
I thought that I would stop awhile,
Take a vacation, Southern style.
Got some Southern hospitality,
Down there in a Southern hospital.

Well, all the signs there said, "Welcome in,
Welcome, if you're White, my friend.
Come along, and watch the fights;
Well, we feed our dogs on Civil Rights.
We believe in Segregation --
Negroes in one mob,
Policemen, politicians, dogs in the other!"

Well, I've seen travelin' many ways,
I've traveled in cars and old subways.
But in Birmingham, some people chose
The flight on the street from a fire hose,
Doin' some hard travelin',
From hydrants a-plenty!

Well, a pack of dogs was standin' by,
I walked up to them and I said "Hi."
Well, I asked one dog what they all were doin';
He walked up to me and started chewin' --
It was a black dog,
Seems ev'rybody down there is prejudiced!

Well, I said, "There must be some man around,
There can't be only you dogs in town."
They said, "Sure, we have Old Bull Connor,
There he goes, walkin' yonder,
Throwin' some raw meat to the Mayor,
Feedin' bones to the City Council!"

Well, I said, "There's still something missing here,
You must have a Governor, somewhere."
"Sure, he's done his duty, he ain't no fool,
He's blocking our kids from our schools,
Standin' in the doorway, crackin' jokes,
Gettin' re-elected!"

So I asked 'em how they spent their time
With Segregation on their mind.
They said, "If you don't like to live this way,
Get outa here, go back to the U.S.A,
Live with all them Russians,
New York agitators!"

Some say they'd passed their darkest hour,
Those moderates are back in power.
They'll listen close, with open ears,
They'll help us out in a couple a-hundred years;
But don't push 'em, whatever you do,
Or else you get those extremists back in!

You see, Alabama is a sovereign state,
With sovereign dogs and sovereign hate.
They stand for the Bible, for the Constitution,
They stand against Communist revolution.
They say, "It's Pinkoes like you
That free the slaves!"

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