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Joan Baez buzz

Joan Baez is somebody who is important in various ways to my generation (even though she is a tad older than me I hasten to add 🙂 ); though I have to admit that as a youth I was only an intermittent fan.  I had an early folky period (but I was just into adolescence), but later became much more of a rock fan, etc…Still, she was there musically and politically.  Well, last night I watched a couple of documentaries–one about her and one about the Newport Folk Festivals of the mid to late 60’s–and I hasten to admit that, to badly paraphrase Joanie Mitchell, “I really didn’t know Joan at all”.  Whatever her politics, this woman seems to be, to use a phrase of a friend mine “an evolved human being.”  She has soul, she has depth, she is very intelligent (and she was already all this in the mid-60s).  I must have missed completely her trip to Sarajevo during the fighting there, and the fact that she was actually in North Vietnam and went through several days of the most intense bombing of the war.

Anyhow, just following up on this, I thought I would include the lyrics of one of her songs “Day After Tomorrow”:

“I got your letter today
And I miss you all so much, here
I can’t wait to see you all
And I’m counting the days, dear
I still believe that there’s gold
At the end of the world
And I’ll come home
To Illinois
On the day after tomorrow

It is so hard
And it’s cold here
And I’m tired of taking orders
And I miss old Rockford town
Up by the Wisconsin border
But I miss you won’t believe
Shoveling snow and raking leaves
And my plane will touch tomorrow
On the day after tomorrow

I close my eyes
Every night
And I dream that I can hold you
They fill us full of lies
Everyone buys
About what it means to be a soldier
I still don’t know how I’m supposed to feel
About all the blood that’s been spilled
Look out on the street
Get me back home
On the day after tomorrow

You can’t deny
The other side
Don’t want to die
Any more than we do
What I’m trying to say,
Is don’t they pray
To the same God that we do?
Tell me, how does God choose?
Whose prayers does he refuse?
Who turns the wheel?
And who throws the dice
On the day after tomorrow?

Mmmmmmm…
I’m not fighting
For justice
I am not fighting
For freedom
I am fighting
For my life
And another day
In the world here
I just do what I’ve been told
You’re just the gravel on the road
And the one’s that are lucky
One’s come home
On the day after tomorrow

And the summer
It too will fade
And with it comes the winter’s frost, dear
And I know we too are made
Of all the things that we have lost here
I’ll be twenty-one today
I’ve been saving all my pay
And my plane will touch down
On the day after tomorrow
And my plane it will touch down
On the day after tomorrow”

…and you can watch her perform it here:

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July 9, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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