Alternative political/cultural commentary from an historical New Left working-class counter-cultural perspective.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
70th Birthday Folk Song for Columbia University Pulitzer Prize Winner Bob Dylan
"`The Poet of PBS' Was just in it for himself He took tunes from the Folk Made money and then sold out. (chorus)
"His manager's got some footage for a commercial promo film To justify him selling out and his silence while his government killed So they hired a director and controlled how he did the edits And the Corporate Rock house artist is now `The Poet of PBS.'
"He moved to his cousin's frat house near a campus in the Midwest Then impersonated Woody Guthrie and added hip black lyrics He hung out in the Village and Broadsides taught him to write protest And theTimesman composed the album notes for `The Poet of PBS.'
"With his corporate media backing and his crafty manager He turned his back on the Folk community to become a millionaire Then he hid in his country mansion, while Vietnam was wrecked And cash or drugs destroyed the soul of `The Poet of PBS.'
"Forty years of artistic failure followed his creative moral youth Forty years of defensiveness, forty years of obscuring truth And when his tour has ended and they write his epitaph They'll say: `The rebel poet became The Poet of PBS.'