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ray bucknell Folk Songs for Conservatives (80* d) RE: Folk Songs for Conservatives 21 Apr 01

Somewhere along this thread it was mentioned that three songs done by the (Chad) Mitchell Trio fit this "folk songs for conservatives" mold: "The John Birch Society," "Barry's Boys" (later "Ronnie's Boys") and, if I'm not mistaken, "Your Friendly, Liberal, Neighborhood Ku Klux Klan." Well, my friend, nothing could be further from the truth. You're right in that the Trio did sing and record these songs, but it appears as though you haven't listened to them. The songs are all political satires lampooning everything pertaining to their title characters/organizations. The Trio's philosophy was that they could get more people's attention by poking fun at these kinds of things than they could by just singing "straight" protest songs. Consider this line from the Birch song: We only hail the hero from whom we got our name, We're not sure what he did, but he's our hero just the same! Do you really think that's supposed to be taken seriously? As for me, I'm really much more conservative than the music I listen to would lead people to believe. Ray

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