James McMurtry giving away new protest song on the internet

James McMurtry Fresh off winning 2006 Americana Song of the Year and Album of the Year accolades, James McMurtry has recorded a new political tune. 

 

Just in time for election season, “God Bless America,” showcases more of the social commentary that made McMurtry’s “We Can’t Make It Here,” an anthem for people unhappy with the current state of the union.  “God Bless America” skewers the governmental powers that be with razor-sharp barbs that take the current administration to task for hiding its actual motives for war.  “Gonna turn up the heat till it comes to a boil. So we can go get that Arab oil,” McMurtry sings. 

 

McMurtry is making the rough mix of “God Bless America” available for free on his website, http://www.jamesmcmurtry.com, and at the link below.

 

“I had meant to wait until I was finished overdubbing before putting this song out, but our brave legislators have once again outdone themselves in their acquiescence to the executive by passing the detainee bill,” said McMurtry.  “We refer to foreign governments that employ all-powerful executive branches as dictatorships, but we're still supposed to think of our own government as democratic.  I'm appalled at the spinelessness of Republican legislators.  I guess they still think they'll be invited to the feast.  They will be, but only if they continue to watch their mouths.”
 
Described by Steven King as “the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation,” James McMurtry is the son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment). 

 

His first album, released in 1989, was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of critically acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill.  In 2003, McMurtry joined forces with Houston’s Compadre Records and together they released the universally-lauded Live in Aught-Three.  His next Compadre album, Childish Things, garnered some of the highest critical praise of McMurtry’s career and spent eight weeks at number one on R&R’s Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. 

 

McMurtry won the Song of the Year and Album of the Year awards for “We Can’t Make It Here” and Childish Things respectively at the 2006 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards.
 
“God Bless America” will appear on James McMurtry’s as yet untitled new album, which he’s currently recording in Austin.  McMurtry and his band, The Heartless Bastards, will continue to tour the U.S. for the remainder of 2006. They play in Hollywood this Saturday, October 7 at Safari Sam’s.
 
 

Find censored and uncensored versions of “God Bless America here:


“God Bless America”
By James McMurtry

Look yonder comin', mercy me
Three wise men in a SUV
Corporate logo on the side
Air-conditioned quiet ride
 
That thing don't run on french fry grease
That thing don't run on love and peace
Takes gasoline make that thing go
Now bring your hands up nice and slow
 
Take us to the land of milk and honey
Sing and dance all night long
Whatcha gonna do with all that money
Whatcha gonna do when that money's all gone
 
Negotiation's just no fun
And it don't serve our interests none
Gonna turn up the heat till it comes to a boil
So we can go get that Arab oil
 
And we'll suck it all up through the barrel of a gun
Everyday’s the end of days for some
Republicans don't cut and run
Tell me ain't you proud of what we've done
 
Take us to the land of milk and honey
Sing and dance all night long
Whatcha gonna do with all that money
Whatcha gonna do when that money's all gone
 
You keep talking that shit like I never heard
Hush, little President, don't say a word
When the rapture comes and the angels sing
God's gonna buy you a diamond ring
 
Take us to the land of milk and honey
Sing and dance all night long
Whatcha gonna do with all that money
Whatcha gonna do when that money's all gone

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