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May 17, 2006

Black Rain in the Beaver Valley

While is has been rainy for about a week now, the Black Rain I'm referring to is on Ben Harper's new CD Both Sides of the Gun. It is one of the only good protest songs that I've heard about the current administration, Kanye West would be proud. The tune is bluesy and catchy, great whether you like the politics or not. Here are the lyrics:
You left them swimming for their lives
Down in New Orleans
Can't afford a gallon of gasoline
With your useless degrees and contrary statistics
This government business is straight up sadistic

Now you don't fight for us
But expect us to die for you
You have no sympathy for us
But still I cry for you
Now you may kill the revolutionary
But the revolution you can never bury

Don't speak to us like we work for you
Selling false hope like some new dope we're addicted to
I'm not a desperate man but these are desperate times at hand
This generation is beyond your command

And it won't be long
'til the people flood the streets
To take you down
One and all
A black rain is gonna fall

Both discs of this album are good, the first more folky, the second more rock/blues. Other music that I've been listening to: The Weepies, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Pearl Jam. The latter two have just releases brand new albums.

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