Saturday, September 15, 2007
Joan Baez Sings "With God On Our Side" in 1966: Suggested Campaign Song for 2007-8
Joan Baez's 1966 performance of Bob Dylan's "With God On Our Side"...
I don't know how you can not be moved to tears by this song and Baez's performance. She has the voice of angel. And Dylan's words are the most powerful refutation of war as a moral instrument ever written.
Dylan first performed the song at Town Hall in New York City, April 12, 1963. Joan Baez took him by the hand and out on the stage of the Newport Folk Festival for an extraordinary performance of the song on July 25, 1963. You can see a clip from it in Martin Scorsese's 2005 No Direction Home bio-documentary of Dylan.
Here in 2007, the hope expressed at the end of the song that, "If God is on our side, He'll stop the next war," remains unfulfilled.
Ron Paul, the only one of the Republicans, and Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, John Edwards, Bill Richardson, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and to a degree any of the other Democrats, could make that happen if elected President. They could stop this unconstitutional war, started in lies.
Ron Paul could use this song as a campaign song. So could Dennis Kucinich. I hope one of them does.
The lyrics are here.
See also Joan Baez Sings Dylan, Lennon, Earle, and Speaks Obama at New York Town Hall Concert