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Red Dawn

Words: Mark Lane.
Music: Jim Schaffer

1973

COVERED WAGON MUSICIANS: The group came into being in June of 1971, during the escalation of technological warfare by the Air Force, as just one of the voices of GI resistance at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Two of the GIs against imperialism in the short—and long—one of the civilian organizers, Mark Lane, wrote the first original Wagon song, "Silver Bird" (about the awesome B-52s and the resistance of the GIs who work on them), Since then, hundreds of GIs, both enlisted and commissioned women and men, together with their civilian friends, have shaped the experiences of the Covered Wagon. Our songs have been sung everywhere on the base: in the barracks, on the flight line, in the planes, in the maintenance shops, in the chow hall, off the base at the project, after a collective meal, a newspaper planning meeting, beer blasts, study groups... (continua)
I feel the plains are singing
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inviata da DoNQuijote82 19/7/2013 - 21:20
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The People's Thank You

[1972]
Album “We Say No to Your War!”, Paredon Records.

Canzone scritta e interpretata da Jim Schaffer, Airman 1st Class dell’United States Air Force e membro della “The Covered Wagon”, l’organizzazione nata fra i GIs della base di Mountain Home (MHAFB) Idaho, che si opponevano alla guerra in Vietnam.
We’d like to thank you,
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inviata da Alessandro 16/4/2010 - 11:37
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Spring Conscience

[1972]
Album “We Say No to Your War!”, Paredon Records.

Canzone scritta e interpretata da Jim Schaffer, Airman 1st Class dell’United States Air Force e membro della “The Covered Wagon”, l’organizzazione nata fra i GIs della base di Mountain Home (MHAFB) Idaho, che si opponevano alla guerra in Vietnam.
It was the spring
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inviata da Alessandro 16/4/2010 - 10:48
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Join the GI Movement

[1970]
Words by Barbara Dane
Based on Aunt Molly Jackson' "I Am a Union Woman" (1931)

Album “F.T.A.! Songs et the GI Resistance”, Paredon Records
Sung by Barbara Dane with active-duty GIs.
Recorded at Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Benning, Georgia and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Edited by Irwin Silber.

“Back in the early '30s a great singing organizer in the bloody mine battles was Aunt Molly Jackson. She was the sister of two other great people's singers and fighters, Jim Garland and Sarah Ogan Gunning. The whole family was blacklisted from work because of their union activities, and they finally had to move away from Harlan County just to live. But their legacy of songs has stayed with us and keeps on being useful, wherever people are finding the strength and courage to fight for their rights. It seemed to me that this old chorus which used to be "Join the CIO" would help the guys who... (continua)
I am a GI rebel,
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inviata da Alessandro 15/3/2010 - 13:53
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Children Of The Delta

[1972]
From "We Say No To Your War!"
words and music by A1C Jim Schaffer

Dedicated to the victims of the genocidal war in which so many young Americans took part before they had the possibility of understanding it. This song is excellent for teaching a crowd to join in, and the chorus lends itself to being sung as a round, with half the group singing "seize the time, organize" and then the other half beginning likewise. When at a signal the two halves meet again for a unison ending, it graphically demonstrates the qualities the song describes. Different lead singers can take the three verses, with the group joining in the response after each line. Sing it with feeling!
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inviata da Alessandro 14/11/2008 - 09:36
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Bring Our Brothers Home

[1972]
From "We Say No To Your War!"

words and music by A1C George Herkert from Mountain Home USAF Base, Idaho.

George Herkert was one of the first singers at the Wagon. He led group singing at the first public meeting of the Wagon and although he has long since left the Air Force and Idaho this song of his remains with us.
You sent us off to fight this war:
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inviata da Alessandro 14/11/2008 - 09:25
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The Rodeway Nine

[1972]
From "We Say No To Your War!"

words by Mark Lane and Jim Shaffer
music by Jim Shaffer

Outside the Rodeway Inn where the Boise Chamber of Commerce were honoring General Westmoreland in August, 1971. Nine Covered Wagon members were arrested for "disturbing the peace" and three others charged with "interfering with the police." This song played an important part in the state-wide campaign to win an acquittal for them. After the charges were finally dropped, some of the defendants filed charges against the police on behalf of the Covered Wagon.

The song "The Rodeway Nine" referenced the My Lai Massacre, Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ), and General Westmoreland. Composed by Mark Lane and Jim Shaffer, the record booklet said the following about this song: "outside the Rodeway Inn where the Boise Chamber of Commerce were honoring General Westmoreland in August in 1971. Nine Covered Wagon... (continua)
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inviata da Alessandro 14/11/2008 - 09:17
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Phantom Jets Are Coming

[1972]
From "We Say No To Your War!"

Words and music by AIC Jim Schaffer.

Back in his pre-Wagon days when Jim was into psychedelics, he wrote a song most people had trouble understanding and he found impossible to explain. When the smoke of the war burned his eyes, he saw things in a different way. He made a few changes in the lyrics, and it became "Phantom Jets are Coming."
Well, the Phantom Jets are coming
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inviata da Alessandro 14/11/2008 - 09:12
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Silver Bird

[1972]

From "We Say No To Your War!"

Lyrics by A1C Jim Schaffer and Sgt. Mark Lane (ret.)
music by A1C Jim Schaffer

The first verse expresses the mood of returning GIs, their feeling of alienation from the Air Force, and their determination to be a part of the machine no longer. The second verse was a personal statement by Jim Shaffer, just before he was discharged as a conscientious objector. Combining the two poems and adding music produced the first song written at the project.
Silver bird go fly alone
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inviata da Alessandro 14/11/2008 - 09:09
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Mathematics

[1972]
Lo spoken che apre l'album "We Say No To Your War!"

Lyrics and music by A1C Jim Shaffer, Mountain Home USAF Base.

An appeal to middle America to listen to the GIs, and so they wanted to open the record with it. Probably the most popular song at the Wagon. At a concert, Jim Shaffer was asked why he called it "Mathematics." He thought a moment and then said: "It's about the war. The war divides us, it subtracts our humanity, and multiplies our problems. There's nothing else to add".
Fifty stars sway with the wind
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inviata da Alessandro 14/11/2008 - 09:06




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