Thursday, February 23, 2017

`Camp Wellington' folk song lyrics



A folk song about the difference between early teenage summer camp life and the life of wage slavery and alienation under current U.S. economic system that most working-class people in USA experience once they leave school and enter the 9-to-5 work world. Melody and first verse of folk song were written in summer of 1963; and remaining verses and bridge of folk song were written in 2016:
(lyrics)
Oh, welcome to the camp,
Camp Wellington
Yes, welcome to the camp,
Camp Wellington
You'll find joy wherever you go
At the camp that's called our
Camp Wellington.

The counselors are all friendly at
Camp Wellington
The counselors are all friendly at
Camp Wellington
You'll find love wherever you go
In the camp that's called our
Camp Wellington.

Too bad your job ain't like Camp Wellington
But instead like a joyless cage
Too bad oligarchs have ruined it all
For campers when they start to age.

There's swimming in the lake at
Camp Wellington
There's swimming in the lake at
Camp Wellington
You'll find beauty wherever you go
In the camp that's called our
Camp Wellington

The food is free and healthy at
Camp Wellington
The food is free and healthy at
Camp Wellington
You'll find wellness wherever you go
At the camp that's called our
Camp Wellington.

Too bad your job ain't like Camp Wellington
But instead like a joyless cage
Too bad oligarchs have ruined it all
For campers when they start to age.

Yes, welcome to the camp
Camp Wellington
Oh, welcome to the camp
Camp Wellington
You'll find joy wherever you go
In the camp that's called our
Camp Wellington.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Australian Anti-War Activist Joan Coxsedge's January 29, 2017 Letter

The following letter from Australian anti-war and Latin American solidarity activist Joan Coxsedge--who is also a former member of the Victoria state parliament--originally appeared in an Australian-Cuban solidarity group's newsletter    

“January 29, 2017

“Dear Comrades,

“Happy New Year? We can only hope. Happy Australia Day? Insensitive.

“The ‘honours list’ hit the jackpot this year when Australia Post’s overpaid chieftain Ahmed Fahour was gonged for ‘distinguished service to business’. For destroying a 207-year old institution? For ‘streamlining’ (sacking) 1,900 postal workers? Hope his AO gets lost in the mail. “In 2014, Fahour was ‘awarded’ $4.8 million salary’, so god knows what he’s getting now.

“Soul sister Michelle Guthrie is the new ABC CEO who worked for Murdoch, was named Hong Kong’s business woman of the year and was anointed by the World Economic Forum where our ‘rulers’ (3000 last year) head to a Swiss mountain village to manipulate the system to suit themselves. Her appointment has accelerated the ABC’s decline. Repeats of repeats of repeats, with more banality, more dreary right-wingers replacing those with something to say. Radio National on the skids.

“And then there’s Trump, the brassy billionaire. A bull in a china shop and all over the place, but at least he’s dumped the odious TPPI. A bit right, a bit left, corporatist, populist and opportunist. Instinctive, not thoughtful, he doesn’t know the difference between leadership and thuggery, but when it comes to the ‘Russian hacking tale’, we are being treated like mugs. Only total morons would accept the official version. That is not the intention.

“Our rulers have created a ‘narrative’ to be run and re-run throughout the world - the same mob that sold us the ‘Saddam has weapons of mass destruction’ bullshit. And so on. Like fascism in the 1930s, big lies are delivered with the precision of a metronome, thanks to our mass media.

“It was Cold War Warrior John McCain who passed the ‘dodgy dossier’ on Trump to the FBI after receiving it from former UK ambassador to Russia, Sir Andrew Wood. Its originator was former MI6 snoop Christopher Steele who compiled the 35-page document on behalf of the US political establishment, but Ignored is his caveat: that its contents cannot be verified. According to UK journalist Patrick Cockburn: ‘I read the text of the dossier with a scepticism that soon turned into complete disbelief’.

“So what we have is a covey of ‘deep state’ operatives working with the US ‘liberal’ establishment to destroy the Trump presidency, with the prospect of impeachment already being mooted in Washington circles. Why? Because the US needs a deadly enemy and Trump is too close to Russia.

“Huge and powerful economic and ideological interests are tied up in its cold war ideology and we’re talking about America’s gargantuan defence and intelligence budgets. We’re talking about cold war relic NATO, along with the justification for its vast network of political think tanks, all of which are committed to the insane, megalomaniacal idea of the US maintaining strategic dominance at all costs over everyone everywhere.

“Remember the chilling warning issued by former US President Eisenhower prior to leaving office in 1960? ‘…the conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new to the American experience…we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications…we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.’

“Washington’s power-brokers believe that Russia must be destroyed, including anyone standing in the way, up to and including President Donald J. Trump. Their job is to prepare the American people for an escalation of hostilities between the two nuclear-armed superpowers. As Pilger writes:

“ ‘One of the persistent strands in American political life is a cultish extremism that approaches fascism…reinforced during Obama’s tenure who ‘expanded America’s favourite military pastime of bombing and death squads as no other president has done since the Cold War. In 2016 alone he dropped 26,171 bombs (72 a day) on the world’s poorest people in Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Pakistan.’

“Maybe Trump will destroy America, whose election has propelled millions out onto the streets. Maybe they’re right. But where were the marching millions when Obama was bombing wedding parties in Kandahar or training jihadists to fight in Syria or aiding and abetting NATO’s onslaught on Libya or plunging Ukraine into fratricidal warfare or providing arms to the Saudis to continue their genocidal war against Yemen?

“Where were they? Taken in by a smooth-talking cosmopolitan snake-charmer like Obama who talks about personal freedom while unleashing the most diabolical violence against ordinary people just going about their business.

“If Hillary had won, the drone strikes would have continued and the wars would have continued with the spillover ripping the EU to shreds. With unprecedented clarity, the CIA threw its weight behind her candidacy.

“I always turn to Cuba for relief where leftist resistance is celebrated, where amazing advances are honoured despite the genocidal US blockade. Obama apologists will point to Cuba as his success story. Not true.

“Opening an embassy was not gutting the blockade which he could have done with an executive order. Exports to Cuba (mostly food) have fallen since restrictions have ‘eased’. Even after ‘restoring relations’, his administration levied billions of fines against French and German companies for ‘blockade violations’. Torture hell Guantanamo is on Cuban soil, which he promised to close and didn’t, and could also have been sorted out by executive order.

“Cuba is genuinely democratic. Anyone can stand for government. Candidates are all local and usually members of the Communist Party because they have the best track record of community work. Once elected, MPs get the same salary as they earned in their previous employment, yet double their work load. They give regular reports to their constituents and can be recalled if they are not up to scratch. The ballot is secret and ballot boxes are guarded by school children in uniform. As people vote they are saluted! Now that’s what I call democracy.

“Viva!


“Joan Coxsedge”

Friday, January 27, 2017

`Harry T. Moore' folk song lyrics



A folk song from December 2016 to mark the 65th anniversary of assassination of Florida NAACP activist Harry T. Moore and his wife, Harriette, on Christmas night in 1951.

(lyrics)
On Christmas night
In 1951
A bomb it did explode
And in the house above
Sleeping in his bed
Harry T. Moore was killed.

(chorus)
From Mims, Florida
Its NAACP he led
He fought for the right to vote
And against cops killing prisoners.

His wife, Harriette,
Was also
Injured in the blast
And in a hospital
9 days later
She, too, breathed her last. (chorus)

The murder of the Moores
Some called
A lynching of a special kind
And the Florida police
Never did arrest
The assassins who committed this crime. (chorus)

But thousands rose up
To take the place
Of the martyred Harry T. Moore
And they continue to fight
And they won't give up
Until the racist System falls. (chorus)

Yes, on Christmas night
In 1951
A bomb it did explode
And in the house above
Sleeping in his bed
Harry T. Moore was killed.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

`Marilyn Monroe's Mysterious Death' folk song lyrica



An historical topical folk song from 2016 that revisits and raises some questions about the mysterious death  in California of 1950's Hollywood movie star Marilyn Monroe in August 1962.
(lyrics)
(chorus)
Two days before her press conference
Marilyn Monroe was dead
And her notebook diary disappeared
With the star of Hollywood.

(verses)
They called her "Marilyn Monroe"
And she planned to hold a press conference
To talk about being used
By the Attorney General and the President
To complain about the false words
Which each said to get her into bed
And to reveal what she knew of C.I.A. plots
To kill a Cuban government head. (chorus)

She had thought that "Mr. President"
Would make her the new First Lady
But the White House stopped accepting her calls
When it became too politically risky
And after being passed to the Justice Department
She wrote in her notebook diary
Of her bedroom conversations about covert
C.I.A. activity. (chorus)

No matter how big a movie star
Or how large are the crowds you attract
If you mix in their power game of politics
It can get dangerous to be near the top
They'll exploit your popularity
And spend nights with you secretly
But they'll dump your body quickly
When it threatens "The Company." (chorus)

Monday, December 5, 2016

`If I'll Give You A Rose' folk love song lyrics



A folk love song from the 1960's about both fearing to fall in love and wishing to find romantic love on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
(lyrics)
You've got such long blonde hair
And a mind so rare
And the words you utter
Come through so clear.
And I did realize
When you sat so near
That my heart was warning:
"Look out! Beware!"

Because I don't want to get caught in a web, again,
And I don't want my stream to be exposed.
But if you've got some interest, honey,
Just come to me
And then we will see
If I'll give you a rose.

You've got a way with kids
And you let them live
And they hold your soft hands
With grateful grins.
And in the deep evening
As I lay alone
Your face did appear
With dreams of home.

But I don't want to fall into a well, again,
And I don't want my hopes to be destroyed.
But if you've got some interest, honey
Just come to me
And then we will see
If I'll give you a rose.

You drifted much around
But you never found
Until that kind man
He took you 'round.
And your joy is clear
Beaming through you eyes
And I hear your laughter
As you both stroll by.

So I'm afraid to tell you how I feel, you know,
And all that I can do is write a poem.
But if you've got some interest, honey,
Just come to me
And then we will see
If I'll give you a rose.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Australian Anti-War Activist Joan Coxsedge's November 27, 2016 Letter

The following letter from Australian anti-war and Latin American solidarity activist Joan Coxsedge--who is also a former member of the Victoria state parliament--originally appeared in an Australian-Cuban solidarity group's newsletter 

 “November 27, 2016

“Dear Comrades,

“I am devastated, like all of you.

“We knew Fidel had to die someday but hoped he wouldn’t.

“But what a history! What an inspiration and what guts. And what achievements in health and education, all free from the cradle to the grave. Cuba became a world leader in cancer research and sent humanitarian missions to 68 countries, trained more than 1800 doctors under a free scholarship scheme, hundreds of them in East Timor, and treated free of charge some 26,000 victims of the Chernobyl disaster, most of them children. Fidel ‘liberated’ large tracts of land to small farmers, did away with private beaches, closed casinos, halved rents and outlawed racial discrimination, and became a world leader in environmentally sound policies.

“Fidel and his revolutionary band had to start from scratch, slowly building a new society, with eleven presidents in a row using every dirty trick in the book to bring them down, including invasions, bombings, biological warfare, an illegal blockade that has cost Cuba more than 89 billion dollars - 80% of which involved food and medicines - and had 638 goes at bumping off Fidel. Washington failed.

“Fidel Castro became one of the most notable political figures of the 20th century. His Revolution created the Cuban nation, transforming a small Caribbean island into a player on the world stage. Under his leadership Cubans ‘stood tall’ against the most powerful nation on earth and gave them back their pride and dignity. Close to all Third World leaders, Fidel was the only political figure apart from Nelson Mandela welcomed by a younger generation of activists.

“Commercialized Christmas has landed on our doorsteps even earlier than usual and Donald Trump has landed on the world stage. As someone said, it will get worse before it gets worse. And when the US gets a cold we get double pneumonia.

“In 2016, the US presented the public with the two most detested candidates in history. No wonder more than 40% of voters declined to vote. In the wash-up, the moneyed thug beat the natural born killer who believes that a dousing of cruise tomahawk missiles on recalcitrant countries was good diplomacy, a continuation of her pact with husband Bill. The duo advanced their way through the political jungle by speaking Left and acting Right, leaving a legacy of mass incarceration, perpetual war and regime change. From Christopher Hitchens: ‘She and her husband haven’t met a foreign political donor they don’t like and haven’t taken from.’

“Washington isn’t about to be ruled by Nazis (yet) - although fascist tendencies are certainly present - but by Reactionary Republicans, which is quite bad enough. I hope that the hysterical opposition will not stuff up the few Trump positives, the desire to do business with Putin rather than foment war and putting an end to the loathsome TPPI trade deal, if he can get away with it.

“The entire election campaign focused on personal attacks rather than dealing with serious political issues like the underclass who live in towns ravaged by de-industrialization with banks and stores boarded up, factories closed down and all the decent jobs long gone. Many work up to 70 hours a week at three minimum-wage jobs. Or they have no jobs at all, fueling alcoholism, drug addiction, suicides, racism and the poison of white supremacy.

“And now we’re being assailed by ‘fake news’ or ‘post truth’ where false stories are being deliberately planted throughout our media, as if the bastards don’t lie enough. Facebook and Google are already agreeing to ‘filter out content’. Censorship?

“Peter Koenig writes about a serious issue I don’t recall reading about: ‘A few weeks ago’, he said, the UN kicked Russia out of its Human Rights Commission. The first time in history that a member of the UN Security Council was voted out.’

“Russia’s crime? ‘Bombing hospitals and civilians in Syria and supporting the atrocities of the Assad regime’, when it is the US, NATO and Washington’s Gulf puppets responsible for the devastation in the Middle East.

“And on November 15, a UN special committee condemned Russia’s ‘temporary occupation of Crimea’, a motion carried by 73 to 23 with 76 abstentions that will inevitably be adopted by the 193-member assembly. Most know the truth that the US instigated the coup d’etat in Ukraine, but won’t say a word.

“And then last Thursday I received an email from ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver outlining Turnbull’s latest vicious onslaught on the trade union movement. At 2am the government sneakily rammed through the Registered Organizations Bill, setting up yet another costly commission to further bugger up the work of the trade union movement. Headed by god knows who, our unions will be subjected to a restrictive regime of regulations and fines that could bankrupt ordinary union volunteers just for downing tools if their workplace is unsafe.

“Human history, as Karl Marx said, is defined by class struggle, but today’s psychopathic rulers have been clever by fusing the two major parties into a single corporate entity that has seized control of the whole box and dice, the parliaments, the judiciary, universities, finance and almost all forms of communication, with every facet of our lives controlled by the corporates.

“There is no way you can fight these forces with petitions, rallies and the polling booth when even the few tepid avenues open to us have been whittled down. ‘Democracy’ as it’s defined today, is a sham that cannot be regulated, reformed or corrected. The only way forward is to become part of a genuine socialist movement to stand up to and demolish the corporate state before it demolishes us and our fragile world.

“Vale Fidel! Hasta Siempre Dear Comandante! Viva Cuba!

“Joan Coxsedge” 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Australian Anti-War Activist Joan Coxsedge's November 1, 2016 Letter

The following letter from Australian anti-war and Latin American solidarity activist Joan Coxsedge--who is also a former member of the Victoria state parliament--originally appeared in an Australian-Cuban solidarity group's newsletter  

“November 1, 2016

“Dear Comrades,

“I can’t think of a better beginning than pinching a few lines from Leunig: ‘How nice it is to sit and see the bombs exploding on TV. The war, the smoke, the refugees While we sip our herbal teas; The special death squad on patrol The building with the gaping hole The wailing wounded and the dead It must be almost time for bed. Time to put an end to war It’s what remote controls are for. Peace at last at any price Oh it’s nice, it’s nice, it’s nice.’

“Leunig’s response to our indifference to horror matched by our indifference to wholesale corruption and nastiness. While rich foreigners with money (usually ill-gotten) can fly in and stay in, the door has been slammed shut against the most desperate and while the world’s CO2 levels surge past a terrifying 400ppm, Turnbull lickspittles are planning to ban legal challenges to the big polluters.

“Dodgy Family First MP Bob Day whose dodgy company Home Australia has been liquidated has resigned - again - from the Senate after initially planning to stick around to vote for the government’s anti-union building industry and same sex marriage bills. Day had put out a handbook called The Sales Doctor about ‘trust’ between salesmen and customers while rooking hundreds of families who ‘trusted’ him. If it wasn’t so awful it would be funny, although sometimes you just can’t help laughing.

“One of the more incongruous sights at the Melbourne Cup, pardon me, Emirates Melbourne Cup, was the National Anthem sung by an Asian woman in Asian dress! A dreary song. I much prefer Waltzing Matilda.

“But no worries. George Brandis is still the Attorney-General, Joe Hockey’s snout remains deep in the trough, asinine Barnaby Joyce continues to embarrass and crooked developers (are there any others?) are hit with a wet lettuce leaf when their outrages are more outrageous than usual.

“And let’s not forget Turnbull’s seriously stupid former Trade Minister Robb who signed dud trade deals and now has a job with one of his Chinese principals. Sickening.

“Like the outrageous assaults on health workers. Almost every hour they are bitten, spat at, punched, abused or threatened while trying to care for patients. Same nasty stats for ambos and fire fighters.

“In the bigger scheme of things, Americans are shortly going to the polls, surely the most bizarre campaign in living memory. A freak show.

“Trump is loathed by Washington’s power-brokers, not because of his obnoxious behavior and opinions, but because in his more lucid moments he’s expressed reservations about going to war with Russia, whereas Clinton has form, lots of it, and is strongly supported by Wall Street Oligarchs and the mega-banks. She backed the Iraqi bloodbath, threatened to obliterate Iran, colluded in the destruction of Libya and has currently pledged to support a No Fly Zone in Syria, with the prospect of provoking war with Russia.

“Trump is an oddball adolescent in an old body, but at least he’s not a neocon or intent on regime change in countries that resist US domination, unlike his rival. The fact that he’s unhinged doesn’t mean his message contains no significant truths, that many communities have been devastated by neoliberal globalization where manufacture has gone belly-up leaving behind poverty and despair and growing inequality. “Many Trump supporters say they ‘just want to shake things up.’ They’ve certainly done that.

“In yet another strange twist, the FBI is now scouring through some 650,000 emails on Clinton aide husband’s laptop allegedly related to a private server used by Hillary Clinton as part of a separate ‘sexting’ probe.

“Without any evidence, Clinton has accused Russia of supporting Trump and hacking her emails. WikiLeaks tells us something else again, that what she says in private to the rich and powerful is the complete opposite of what she says to mug punters.

“If, as I suspect, Clinton wins the election, we will be assailed by a full symphony about her ascension being ‘a giant step forward for women’. Tell that to the Iraqi, Libyan and Syrian women whose lives have been destroyed by her policies. And ask desperate Palestinian women why she ardently supports Israel and ignores their plight, women forced to live under military rule, where Israel controls everything. Who can work and who cannot, who can travel and who cannot, who can visit and who cannot and who ends up in jail and who does not. With every breath, these women and their families breathe in occupation.

“But Israel is a US ally like Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s most repressive, where there is no freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, no political parties, no unions, where dissent is treated as treason, where you can be beheaded for insulting Islam, for insulting the King, for being an atheist or a homosexual. 158 executions last year. Women are segregated and not only forced to fully cover themselves in public, but they’re not allowed to drive, are banned from most jobs and need a male guardian from birth to death.

“Saudi Arabia has become by far the biggest purchaser of US weapons, $115 billion worth of deals under Obama alone, currently being deployed against poverty-stricken Yemen, attacking its power and water purification plants, its schools and factories.

“After all that, we need another touch of Leunig, even though he’s very unhappy with our world: ‘It is Spring And man has ruined everything; Everything he touches, Everything that falls into his clutches, Politicians clutch at lies and get elected. I’m not represented or dejected. What are leaders for? They all believe in war; The mess of lies. Power is a curse. The lies they tell themselves are worse. I am represented by a bird. That builds a nest and has not heard The rotten lies. It sings and represents me as it flies.’

“Viva!


“Joan Coxsedge, “