Mudcat Café message #42713 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #7095   Message #42713
Posted By: Greg F.
21-Oct-98 - 07:09 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Scorpion Departs But Never Returns (Ochs)
Subject: RE: Lyrs to a Submarine Song by Phil Ochs?
Phil Ochs as "the Billy Bragg of the 60's"? Think you may have that the wrong way round & that Bragg might agree. "Short shelf life" is the lot of many topical songs based on current events; aside from Ochs & Paxton, the same could be said for some of the works of Dick Fariņa, Pat Sky, Eric Von Schmidt, Woody Guthrie, & many others. As one of the 'over 50 gang', my feeling (and it is only that) is that Ochs was saying things that needed to be heard at the time and that a good portion of his output is still right on the money. Shame he couldn't be around 25 years after the "Evening with Salvador Allende" concert to see Pinochet arrested & see documents released that confirm the role of Nixon, Kissenger and the CIA in his murder. Thus endeth this polemic. Thanks-