Alternative political/cultural commentary from an historical New Left working-class counter-cultural perspective.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
"Oh, my name it is Chuck Turner And I'm in a prison cell Far away in West Virginia That's where I'm forced to dwell In a lonely section of the penitentiary And while I'm locked behind the walls, I recall what they did to me.
"I grew up in Cincinnati Then attended Harvard U. I became an organizer And to Roxbury I did move To the Boston City Council The people did vote me And as their representative I served diligently.
"I fought discrimination By the universities And demanded that developers Cease to be greedy I fought to regulate their rents And for Boston tenants' rights And denounced police brutality And the wars Bush launched at night.
"They could not defeat me at the polls In six elections So Ashcroft's partner and the FBI Began a collaboration They paid an informant thirty grand To tape me secretly And illegally tried to entrap me For proposing a public hearing.
"Although I was elected By the people of Roxbury A corrupt U.S. Attorney Charged me with `bribe-taking' To cover-up his misconduct The Feds arrested me And from Boston's City Council I was expelled illegally.
"Then after a press-rigged trial The biased judge sentenced me And because I pleaded innocent He accused me of `perjury' And added more months in prison `Cause I spoke at some meetings And imprisoned me for three long years `Though my age is seventy.
"Yes, my name it is Chuck Turner And I'm in a prison cell Far away in West Virginia That's where I'm forced to dwell In a lonely section of the penitentiary And although I'm locked behind the wall, Boston now wants me FREE!" The public domain "Chuck Turner" biographical protest folk song about the Chuck Turner-FBI Entrapment Case was written shortly after former anti-war Boston City Councilor and current U.S. political prisoner Chuck Turner was imprisoned at the Hazelwood Penitentiary in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia in late March 2011. Its lyrics can be sung to the tune of the traditional Scottish folk song, "Come, All Ye Tramps and Hawkers."