AIR DATE: JULY 2016
Hey everybody, it’s Eric Church back for the eighteenth episode of “Outsiders Radio”. It’s July and in Nashville, well, like everywhere, it’s HOT. I mean hot as in temperature, hot as in the opinions swirling around politics, HOT as is the debate around where are we going as a country and as a world. I am no sage, and I am by no means a politician, but I am a musician, so I thought I’d play some tunes to celebrate the good things we’ve done and to remember where we came from, and maybe even make us think about where we’re headed. This train will roll on with or without us, I for one want to ride with open eyes…
“For What It’s Worth” 2:34 – Buffalo Springfield– Buffalo Springfield
“Revolution” 3:25 – The Beatles – The White Album
All right! This is Eric Church on Outsiders Radio. And that was two classics from the 1960’s… Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” and “Revolution” by the Beatles. Revolution was the first track to be recorded for the infamous White Album. We played the single version of this song. On the album version you can hear John Lennon’s ambiguous comment on violent confrontation when he sings the line “When you talk about destruction, don’t you know that you can count me out…in”. When they released the single the line became “…you can count me OUT”. And before that Buffalo Springfield, with the incredible line “Nobody’s right, if everybody’s wrong”…
“Sunday Bloody Sunday” 4:39 – U2 – War
“God Save The Queen” 3:20 – Sex Pistols– Never Mind The Bullock Here’s the Sex Pistols
“A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” 6:52 – Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’
Outsiders Radio back again after three more significant songs of our past. First was U2 with “Sunday Bloody Sunday” which was written as a response to political and religious conflict in Northern Ireland in the 1980’s. Following that was The Sex Pistols, one of my favorites, “God Save the Queen”. An anti-government song penned to address the treatment of the British working class during the 1970’s… hmm…sound familiar? And finallu, Bob Dylan bringing us his unique poetry… “The executioner’s face is always well hidden”. Hell of a line. Bob, hell of a line. Let’s keep exploring…
“American Land” 4:25 – Bruce Springteen – Wrecking Ball
“American Saturday Night” 4:34 – Brad Paisely – American Saturday Night
That was a couple of snapshots of the melting pot we call America. “American Land” is a view of America from an immigrants perspective painting at first a very idealistic picture where “There’s diamonds in the sidewalks, there’s gutters lined in song… dear, I hear that beer flows through the facets all night long”. As you heard, the picture does get quite darker… After that was Brad Paisley with his hit “American Saturday Night” a pretty clever tune showing America’s complex makeup. Okay, I want to play you a special version of one of my songs, that fits the vibe of this show. It’s a song called “Kill A Word” . It’s on the Mr. Misunderstood album. Of all the songs in my career it’s maybe one of the more expressive, where we address a topic head on. And the topic’s a broad one. It’s about what we say to each other, how we treat each other and how words can be just as damaging as anything you do to somebody physically and sometimes more so. It’s one of my proudest moments as a songwriter. This version of “Kill A Word is NOT on the album. You’re going to hear Rhiannon Giddens who sings background vocals on the album version, but she’s going to do a verse as well. You heard it here first. And only here on Outsiders Radio.
“Kill A Word” 3:19 – Eric Church– Mr. Misunderstood
“Holiday/BLVD of Broken Dreams” 8:13 – Green Day – American Idiot
“Imagine” 3:08 – John Lennon – Imagine
“Fightin’ Side Of Me” 2:55 – Merle Haggard – The Fightin’ Side of Me
Outsiders Radio back after four. First was “Holiday / Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day from 2005 and “Imagine” by the great John Lennon. And lastly, the late Merle Haggard with his hit from 1970, “Fightin’ Side of Me”. It seems popular music has always been wrestling the issues facing the people. And today is no different. As bad as it looks, it’s happened before. So, look back to learn, look forward to dream, but be in the present to make a difference. Okay, I want to leave you with this one. It’s a song written by Sam Cooke, but I’m going to play the Otis Redding version. This song ended up being one of the most important compositions in the civil rights movement, and still has lessons for us today…all of us. Jere’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”. See you next next time…
“A Change Is Gonna Come” – 4:17 – Otis Redding– Stax Profiles
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