“These inflammatory songs…”

sims296side2Lad os få lidt musikhistorie. I 1966 udsendte det lille, amerikanske pladeselskab Sims Records en bemærkselsesværdig singleplade, indspillet af en vis “Johnny Freedom” (et nom de guerre formodentligt inspireret af Johnny Hortons 1960-hit af samme navn).

Pladens to numre, Ain’t I Right og My Own Native Land er gedigene reaktionære “protestsange”, skrevet af den store countrymusiker Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves rival og erklærede idol. The Unofficial Marty Robbins Homepage skriver:

Robbins supported Barry Goldwater’s 1964 run for President. He wrote Ain’t I Right and My Own Native Land against Communism and anti-war protesters. Referring to these two songs, the Guiness Book of Popular Music says:”..…Columbia, fearing racial repercussions, would not let him release them. However, his guitarist and backing vocalist, Bobby Sykes’ recordings of the songs were released on the Sims label.”

Efter Marty Robbins alt for tidlige død i 1982, blev han egne indspilninger af Ain’t I Right og My Own Native Land udgivet på opsamlingspladen Pieces Of Your Heart af Bear Family Records i Tyskland. “These inflammatory songs”, hvæsede kulturmarxisten Richard Ginell, og begge Robbins’ kompositioner går efter min mening da også ind i sjælen på en helt anden måde end f.eks. Merle Haggards Okie From Muskogee eller Toby Keiths Courtesy Of the Red, White And Blue.

Som fortælling har Ain’t I Right nok mest historisk interesse, da den er en samtidig (svidende) kommentar til den anden rekonstruktion af de amerikanske Sydstater. Derimod er indholdet af My Own Native Land lige så tidssvarende og relevant i dag, som da Marty Robbins i 1966 komponerede nummeret:

In this troubled world today
We’re asked to lend a hand
Which I will, but first with me
Comes my own native land

Gladly will I help this world
And give all that I can
It isn’t selfishness but first
Comes my own native land

Is it right that we should give
And give until it hurts
To a foreign land that treats us
Just like so much dirt
Those who lead us have forgotten
Love is in the soul
Love cannot be purchased with
The promise of more gold

Giving brings a lot of joy
And this I do believe
But aren’t the ones who give so much
Entitled to recieve
Why do we keep on giving
Is it right that we should please
The very ones who’d like to see
Our country on her knees

If we must give then we should use
A different policy
And give to only those who treat us
Fair and honestly
We give to those who quickly take it
Posing as a friend
Then just as quickly turn and bite
The hand that’s feeding them

I’ll be accused but I don’t feel
I’m acting selfishly’
Cause I believe the country that
Remains strong will stay free
To give is great but are we giving
More than we can stand
I question this, cause first with me
Comes my own native land

I question this, cause first with me
Comes my own native land.

Den stærke, britiske rockkvintet The Who udgav i 2006 en hjertevarm og rørende hyldestsang, God Speaks Of Marty Robbins. Orkesterets legendariske guitarist og sangskriver, Pete Townshend, har noteret til publikum:

Very simple song. God is asleep, before Creation – before the Big Bang – and gets the whim to wake, and decides it could be worth going through it all in order to be able to hear some music, and most of all, one of his best creations, Marty Robbins.

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