Lark In The Morning playlist for 11/19/2010
|New Lost City Ramblers||Taxes On The Farmer Feeds Us All||Songs of the Depression||Folkways|
|Woody Guthrie||Greenback Dollar||Library of Congress Recordings||Elektra|
|Woody Guthrie||Boll Weevil||Library of Congress Recordings||Elektra|
|Haywire Mac McClintock||Last Gold Dollar||Hallelujah, I'm A Bum||Rounder|
|Mike Seeger & Alice Gerrard||St. Louis Blues||Alice Gerrard & Mike Seeger||Greenhays|
|Earl Robinson||He Built The Road||Strange, Unusual Evening||Earl Robinson|
|Malvina Reynolds||No Hole In My Head||Malvina Reynolds||Century City Records|
|Malvina Reynolds||World In Their Pocket||Held Over||Cassandra|
|Michael Cooney||The Man in the Mask||Singer of Old Songs||Front Hall|
|Joe Glazer||Congressman's Blues||Garbage||Collector|
|Leon Rosselson||Rules of the Game||Palaces of Gold||Fuse|
|Phil Ochs||That's What I'm Waiting To Hear||I Ain't Marching Any More||Carthage|
|Jim Page||You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet||On The Street Again||Whid-Isle|
|Don McLean||The Pride Parade||Don McLean||United Artists|
|Jim Post||Back On The Street Again||Back On The Street Again||Mountain Railroad|
|Magpie||Working Girl Blues||Working My Life Away||Collector|
|Charlie King||Self Storage||Feelings of Fire||Flying Fish|
|Charlie King||The Rats Are Winning||Old Dreams & New Nightmares||CW Records|
|Lou & Peter Berryman||Squalor||Club de Wash||Cornbelt|
|Larry Long||Grandma's Penny Sale||Run For Freedom||Flying Fish||www.larrylong.org|
Yesterday I read a news item that really struck me. It reminded me that, despite the happy talk from our government, we really are in hard times that rival the so-called Great Depression of the 30's. The news item was about how a farm in Ireland was being auctioned, and how the local community banded together to prevent the farm sale: they showed up at the auction, and refused to bid. This is something that used to happen in this country in the 30's, and probably hasn't happened since. Here's the link to the story:
Ireland invented the boycott during the land wars, and perhaps it is time to take this effective weapon of resistance down from the thatch to deal with repossessions and resales Despite the spiralling economic crisis we are in, there was, last week, an epiphany at a small auction in Co Meath.
A 67-acre farm in Crossakiel, which had been repossessed by ACC bank, was up for sale. Despite a reasonable attendance by local farmers at the auction, there was only one derisory bid of €1.
There was, according to some present, ‘‘an atmosphere’’ in the room, and the auctioneer later told the Irish Times that ‘‘there was no question but that people weren’t bidding because it was being sold by the bank’’.
This reminded me of a song by Larry Long, a songwriter out of Oklahoma, called "Grandma's Penny Sale." It was the last cut that I played this morning.
By the way, the story about the Irish farm sale came to my attention via a blog I follow called The Automatic Earth.