Love Me, Love Me, Love Me — I’m a Liberal

While I’ve mostly avoided political discourse on this website (at the pub after a few beers, now that’s a different story), I was recently reminded me of the existence of this song, and was struck by how relevant and poignant it was (read: people in the 99% need to stop posting things on Facebook bitching about the 99%, because every complaint I’ve seen coming from a member of the 99% betrays a clear misunderstanding of the entire movement, and is completely counterproductive. Seriously, we’re all in this together, and if you don’t want to actively support the movement, then fine, but don’t make fun of your own problems on a public forum because you’re only hurting yourself. There, I said it).

Anyway, here’s a song, originally written by Phil Ochs, later adapted by Kevin Devine (and further updated, however slightly by myself). Lyrics after the break; enjoy!

I cried on September 11
Tears ran down my spine
Like I cried for each murdered Iraqi
As though I’d lost a neighbor of mine
But Afghanistan got what was coming
It was the right thing to do, at the time
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I stopped by those Occupy campsites
Cursed Bachmann and the whole GOP
And I can’t get enough of Obama
His message of change speaks to me
Sure, Nader’s right about most things
But he cost Gore that election, you see
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I bristled and raged through Katrina
The response made me sick to my heart
I’m sure FEMA would’ve come running
If they’d flooded rich whites in Cape Cod
But don’t talk about revolution
‘Cause that’s going just a little bit too far
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal
Yes I vote for the Democratic Party
I figure soon enough they’ll come along
And I attended those vote for change concert
And they sure got me singing those songs
And I’m bothered about corporate government
But I do want our brand to trade strong
So love me, love me, love me I’m a liberal

Yes I read the New Yorker and Nation
And I’ve learned to take every view
And I idolized Franken and Stewart
Hell I feel like I’m almost a Jew
But when it comes down to globalized markets
Well there’s no one more red, white, and blue
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

And sure once I was young and impulsive
I wore every conceivable pin
Even went to some socialist meetings
Yeah I learned all the old union hymns
But oh I’ve grown older and wiser
and that’s why I’m turning you in
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal.

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