“Kids don’t have a little brother working in the coal mine, they don’t have a little sister coughing her lungs out in the looms of the big mill towns of the Northeast. Why? Because we organized; we broke the back of the sweatshops in this country; we have child labor laws. Those were not benevolent gifts from enlightened management. They were fought for, they were bled for, they were died for by working people, by people like us. Kids ought to know that. That’s why I sing these songs. That’s why I tell these stories, dammit. No root, no fruit.” ~Bruce “Utah” Phillips
Utah Phillips is on the web HERE.
I’m not sure what she’s going for in the video– it’s a little distracting– but it’s a surprisingly good cover version:
The song takes an interesting turn vocally about 2:39. I don’t know what you would call that. “Falsetto” doesn’t feel right. Wikipedia calls it “Steven Tyler’s trademark scream,” but that’s not a clean fit, either.
The bible verses check out! You can read them for yourself here:
“I’d rather be hated or loved, rather than just thought of as all right or nice. ‘Nice’ is the worst insult you could pay anybody. It means you are utterly without threat, without values. Nice is a cup of tea.” John Lydon, in his autobiography Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, ©1994
Excerpted from The New Yorker article “The Frustration with Productivity Culture”, by Cal Newport:
“I was inundated with requests for writing and speaking,” she (Celeste Headlee) said. She tried to say “no” more often, but found that “the offers got harder and harder to turn down.” She was soon overwhelmed. “I was more stressed out, and more busy, and sick,” she said, describing two prolonged illnesses that laid her low during this period. “That’s what made me realized I was in crisis: I rarely get sick.” Headlee concluded that humans were not wired to maximize activity—she argued that we’re pushed into this unnatural and unhealthy state by cultural influences that aren’t aligned with our best interests, citing “a combination of capitalist propaganda with religious propaganda that makes us feel guilty if we’re not feeling productive.”
You can read the full article HERE.