We Owe No Allegiance

We owe no allegiance, we bow to no throne;
our ruler is law and the law is our own ….
They claim our possession, the pitiful knaves –
the tribute we pay shall be prisons and graves.

Of some relevance to the holiday just passed:

As a kid I had (may possibly still have, packed away inaccessibly in a box somewhere) a much-loved set of four LPs of authentic historical American songs issued by National Geographic as part, I believe, of the Bicentennial celebration in 1976. They were:

(Check out the links to the liner notes above, as they were fascinating, and beautifully illustrated.)

My favourites among the set were the Rebels & Redcoats one and the Cowboy one. They’ve sadly never been re-released on CD. YouTube seems to have the first side (only, alas) of Rebels & Redcoats, and the whole of the Civil War one; haven’t listened to these in full yet but I’ve posted them below. (One of my favourites among the Rebels songs starts at 15:28. Check it out!) If anyone has the rest and is inclined to post them on YouTube, they would earn the thanks of a grateful nation.

15 Sept. 2020 Addendum:

Side 2 of Songs of Rebels & Redcoats is now also gloriously online:

Note to Sheldon: the Swamp Fox song, “Marion’s Men,” starts at 13:20. But the whole album is worth a listen; and see the extensive liner notes linked to above.

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2 Responses to We Owe No Allegiance

  1. Sheldon Richman September 21, 2020 at 2:25 pm #

    Thank you! I am eager to hear them all.

    • Roderick September 21, 2020 at 11:25 pm #

      Listening is not enough. Memorisation is required. Yes, there will be a test: for our next interview, you will receive increasingly strong electric shocks for every word or note you get wrong. The award for getting them all correct is that you will win the music industry’s most coveted award, the Milgrammy.

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