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I never realized I liked Garth Brooks (Original Post) graywarrior Aug 2013 OP
K&r... spanone Aug 2013 #1
Seems to be a lot of intolerance for Florida, Texas and the south in general... Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #8
Here is another that may suprise you.... Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #9
Willie is a well known pot smoking Lefty. tblue Aug 2013 #18
I love Willie but he did a song in the last decade with Toby Keith that was some real crap. Ed Suspicious Aug 2013 #53
Yup, not that into C&W, but Garth's different. My family loves him, always has. freshwest Aug 2013 #15
you're welcome. spanone Aug 2013 #17
For those who'd be surprised, song was released in 1992. I recorded it from a live concert on TV. freshwest Aug 2013 #29
wow, didn't know he had a sister who is a lesbian. there's so many stars with GLBT siblings Divine Discontent Aug 2013 #95
First time I heard this song I became a Garth Brooks fan for life. mountain grammy Aug 2013 #69
good thing he already made his money! blueknight Aug 2013 #2
a few might madrchsod Aug 2013 #16
Yep. Like Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Real lefties. Booster Aug 2013 #56
Brooks has long been among the most enlightened of Country Music stars. There are some others. bluestate10 Aug 2013 #3
Willie is certainly one (despite the Weird Al nonsense), Jackpine Radical Aug 2013 #5
I know! graywarrior Aug 2013 #6
Isn't it pathetic to hear him talk now? Maybe he really did drive a motor "sickle" off a cliff jtuck004 Aug 2013 #13
Dixie Chicks.... Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #27
Good lord I mostly cant stand country musc Egnever Aug 2013 #42
Your welcome, just open your mind, I love music, name a genre, its all good. Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #44
sorry I find the majority of country music exceedingly stupid Egnever Aug 2013 #47
I understand, I feel the same way about "gansta rap". Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #49
There's your main problem OriginalGeek Aug 2013 #50
You could be right Egnever Aug 2013 #51
^^^^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^^^ Lochloosa Aug 2013 #60
+1 sweetloukillbot Aug 2013 #128
You SHOULD listen to some Garth Brooks. Chipper Chat Aug 2013 #88
What Weird Al nonsense? RoccoRyg Aug 2013 #28
Now that I look into it, that's a god question. Jackpine Radical Aug 2013 #67
i admit i'm surprised. often wondered if any country artists r sane (besides wn). good on him. eom ellenfl Aug 2013 #4
Country is waking up mainstreetonce Aug 2013 #7
I'm not. We Shall Be Free was released in 1992. The man's a liberal. freshwest Aug 2013 #24
I am proud to say there are a bunch of us.... Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #10
merle refused to stay behind.. madrchsod Aug 2013 #14
Spot on! Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #35
Beat me to Merle. That song still gets played on the Horse Shoe Lounge (Austin) jook. Eleanors38 Aug 2013 #78
. Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #110
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are well-known liberals LTR Aug 2013 #19
Need I post this again? Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #11
This one is a paticular favorite, a little rock and roll... Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #12
Fine person, had openly LGBT members in his band in the 90s.... Taverner Aug 2013 #20
Many before him have done the same, in all genres. Did you here the last albumn.... Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #37
thanks G_j Aug 2013 #46
Very poignant worth the listen, White Dove by.... Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #21
Saturday Night Special thelordofhell Aug 2013 #36
People here probably do not understand how progressive southern rockers were... Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #38
Excellent Tune Go Vols Aug 2013 #79
I think so .... Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #111
Not sure how progressive Skynyrd is anymore sweetloukillbot Aug 2013 #129
Here's one of my favorites offering a possibility of peace on Earth by Steve Earle. argyl Aug 2013 #22
Very cool, thanks! Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #41
Steve Earle is great IDemo Aug 2013 #63
I didn't know this about Garth for a long while, Volaris Aug 2013 #23
well said! mountain grammy Aug 2013 #70
this! Kali Aug 2013 #77
Kali, whats your point, I do not get it. Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #116
I agreed with this: Kali Aug 2013 #119
Thanks Kali.... Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #121
Garth rocked the house! Cracklin Charlie Aug 2013 #25
I always knew that Garth was great. He has always been on the right side of the issues. Liberal_Stalwart71 Aug 2013 #26
Anyone heard of David Ball..... Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #30
How nice. GentryDixon Aug 2013 #93
I had a similar experience to this song, eerily similar, except mine was a 68 camaro. Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #113
Love David Ball! Are_grits_groceries Aug 2013 #107
He is true country and refuses to cave to the industry demands to conform! Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #114
A 1 % 'er snark, & oldie, but my favorite - lunasun Aug 2013 #31
Yes! Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #34
And, he's from Oklahoma, too, so he really didn't have to go out on a limb like that. nt silvershadow Aug 2013 #32
Some might say that some of the songs.... Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #33
A common refrain I have heard Lordquinton Aug 2013 #83
Meh! Are_grits_groceries Aug 2013 #108
Words well spoken, thanks! Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #112
well it is nice to think hfojvt Aug 2013 #39
While I agree with most of your post...... Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #43
there's no way I would, of course, have any idea hfojvt Aug 2013 #48
I think the difference is that Obama has a conscience... kag Aug 2013 #81
that could be a difference hfojvt Aug 2013 #82
"Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful." GWB deutsey Aug 2013 #64
Recommended. (nt) NYC_SKP Aug 2013 #40
Add Kris Kristofferson Coyote_Bandit Aug 2013 #45
i liked him ever since he was supportive of Gays long time ago when it was unpopular JI7 Aug 2013 #52
I've loved Garth Brooks since the First Obama Inauguration when he.. Cha Aug 2013 #54
This list of Democrat & Republican country performers Roselma Aug 2013 #55
How does Dolly Parton figure into it? Rozlee Aug 2013 #96
Dolly doesn't use religion as a club Are_grits_groceries Aug 2013 #109
Party on, Garth mwrguy Aug 2013 #57
VIDEO of the statement on the graphic. Really good: freshwest Aug 2013 #58
Wow, thanks for posting that graywarrior Aug 2013 #62
I never know when those graphics with text on them are just some made up bullshit... Blanks Aug 2013 #94
Well this is an interesting discussion. Enthusiast Aug 2013 #59
Vince Gill is a repub.....d*mn a kennedy Aug 2013 #61
Vince Gill is a crazed Bible Thumper mainstreetonce Aug 2013 #71
and double d*mn...... a kennedy Aug 2013 #76
He and Grant are hypocrites. Dawson Leery Aug 2013 #106
He's a local madokie Aug 2013 #65
Garth's a supernice guy TlalocW Aug 2013 #66
! graywarrior Aug 2013 #74
Oh good , yesphan Aug 2013 #68
If the way the artist leans right influences you mainstreetonce Aug 2013 #72
I don't know about John Rich, yesphan Aug 2013 #75
Does Toby really lean left? Blanks Aug 2013 #97
He hangs around some pretty prominent yesphan Aug 2013 #132
Unfortunately, if you shun John Rich, you also shun Obama-voting Big Kenny, Tanuki Aug 2013 #80
Great video bighart Aug 2013 #73
I don't care if he never got a single piece of legislation passed, what I want and expect out of liberal_at_heart Aug 2013 #84
! SammyWinstonJack Aug 2013 #87
it's hard work frylock Aug 2013 #85
He and his wife Trisha Yearwood are both good dems. Tuesday Afternoon Aug 2013 #86
Love Trisha. She has a cooking show on Food Network, RebelOne Aug 2013 #90
Yeah, She is a lotta fun Tuesday Afternoon Aug 2013 #91
I've only liked Garth Brooks since the moment first hearing "I've got friends in high indepat Aug 2013 #89
I liked when he was Chris Gaines graywarrior Aug 2013 #92
I started liking him when I saw him in a Beatles documentary and he said Boomerproud Aug 2013 #98
graywarrior Diclotican Aug 2013 #99
He seems to know himself well and doesn't appear to be intimidated by anyone on the left or right graywarrior Aug 2013 #100
graywarrior Diclotican Aug 2013 #101
Yeah, like a balanced individual graywarrior Aug 2013 #102
graywarrior Diclotican Aug 2013 #103
You kinda nailed it graywarrior Aug 2013 #104
Just for you Graywarrior, a Chris Gaines music video, do you suppose anyone else knows who he really Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #118
And another shocking video by another alternative C & W artist.... Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #120
Miley Cyrus The Climb - For President Obama 19,January 2009 Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #123
Thanks for finding that! graywarrior Aug 2013 #124
Your very welcome graywarrior, thanks for allowing me to post on your thread! Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #126
!!! graywarrior Aug 2013 #127
Chris Gaines on SNL.... Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #122
Good one! graywarrior Aug 2013 #125
kick Dawson Leery Aug 2013 #105
There is a place for all, and they are all coming this way.... Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #115
Rebellious Republican Diclotican Aug 2013 #117
Oh wow, that took balls Garth! They'll Dixie Chick you too. B Calm Aug 2013 #130
Gotta Love Garth brettdale Aug 2013 #131

spanone

(135,431 posts)
1. K&r...
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 08:10 PM
Aug 2013

written by garth brooks & stephanie davis...


WE SHALL BE FREE

This ain't comin' from no prophet
Just an ordinary man
When I close my eyes I see
The way this world shall be
When we all walk hand in hand

When the last child cries for a crust of bread
When the last man dies for just words that he said
When there's shelter over the poorest head
We shall be free

When the last thing we notice is the color of skin
And the first thing we look for is the beauty within
When the skies and the oceans are clean again
Then we shall be free

We shall be free
We shall be free
Stand straight, walk proud
'Cause we shall be free

When we're free to love anyone we choose
When this world's big enough for all different views
When we all can worship from our own kind of pew
Then we shall be free
We shall be free

We shall be free
Have a little faith
Hold out
'Cause we shall be free

And when money talks for the very last time
And nobody walks a step behind
When there's only one race and that's mankind
Then we shall be free

We shall be free
We shall be free
Stand straight, walk proud, have a little faith, hold out
We shall be free

We shall be free
We shall be free
Stand straight, have a little faith

We shall be free

 

Rebellious Republican

(5,029 posts)
8. Seems to be a lot of intolerance for Florida, Texas and the south in general...
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 09:29 PM
Aug 2013

round here. There are to many people that judge a book by its cover. Thanks for posting this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=RaMBFA2qTco

 

Rebellious Republican

(5,029 posts)
9. Here is another that may suprise you....
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 09:32 PM
Aug 2013

Country music legend Willie Nelson is joining the list of entertainment celebrities to protest the war in Iraq.

According to a report in the Austin American-Statesman, Nelson woke up Christmas morning, listened to the news, and said: "There was nothing but bad news, and here it was Christmas Day. I said, 'There sure are a lot of babies dying and mothers crying,' and [his wife] Annie said, 'That sounds like a song.'" The result was an anti-war ballad titled, "What Ever Happened to Peace on Earth."


Ed Suspicious

(8,879 posts)
53. I love Willie but he did a song in the last decade with Toby Keith that was some real crap.
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 12:04 AM
Aug 2013

Wishing for the long arm of the law to put a few more in the ground was a hideous lyric if you don't mind me sayin so. Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses...

freshwest

(53,661 posts)
15. Yup, not that into C&W, but Garth's different. My family loves him, always has.
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:02 PM
Aug 2013


My version of this song has his lesbian sister Betsy standing to his left.

The man's a liberal who supports Obama and all the causes we care about.

Thanks for posting the lyrics.

freshwest

(53,661 posts)
29. For those who'd be surprised, song was released in 1992. I recorded it from a live concert on TV.
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:36 PM
Aug 2013
It was at Texas Stadium in 1993. The song We Shall Be Free was a big hit, of course. It was a great performance.

Divine Discontent

(21,056 posts)
95. wow, didn't know he had a sister who is a lesbian. there's so many stars with GLBT siblings
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 06:05 PM
Aug 2013

here's a few who have a sibling who is GLBT.

Adam Levin, Colin Farrell, Anne Hathaway, Chris Evans, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Catherine Zeta Jones, Kevin Smith, Marc Matlin, Rosie O'Donnell, Tom Arnold.

madrchsod

(58,162 posts)
16. a few might
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:04 PM
Aug 2013

but the artists like him who are truly gifted do not have to worry about such nonsense.

bluestate10

(10,942 posts)
3. Brooks has long been among the most enlightened of Country Music stars. There are some others.
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 08:11 PM
Aug 2013

That Brooks would come out and strongly make his statement is a huge positive.

Jackpine Radical

(45,274 posts)
5. Willie is certainly one (despite the Weird Al nonsense),
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 08:44 PM
Aug 2013

The one that shocks me (although he's not Country) is Arlo Guthrie, who has been cavorting with Rand Paul. Arlo's Old Man must be rolling in his grave.

 

jtuck004

(15,882 posts)
13. Isn't it pathetic to hear him talk now? Maybe he really did drive a motor "sickle" off a cliff
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 09:52 PM
Aug 2013

and sustain a serious brain injury. 'Cause I think he really lost the connection I thought he had to the people...

 

Rebellious Republican

(5,029 posts)
27. Dixie Chicks....
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:33 PM
Aug 2013

Destroying The Dixie Chicks – Ten Years After

Reflecting back on the Dixie Chicks and the public fallout, it is hard to not see that the country music community’s reaction was unmeasured, unfair, and overall, unhealthy for its future. Country music not only black balled a band that was offering sonic leadership to the genre on how to move forward while still respecting the roots of the music and remaining commercially viable, they lost one of the genre’s greatest economic engines, and may have long-term fumbled their ability to benefit from the universally-relevant appeal of acoustic roots music.

But most unfortunately, the event leaves country music with a black eye as a genre who can’t respect artists regardless of their beliefs. This typecasting of the country music fan as a closed-minded, politically-intolerant animal is a legacy it will take country music a long time to shake. Much longer than 10 years.

http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/destroying-the-dixie-chicks-ten-years-after

 

Egnever

(21,506 posts)
42. Good lord I mostly cant stand country musc
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 11:29 PM
Aug 2013

But those ladies are just good. I had forgotten how good they are, thanks for posting the video.

 

Egnever

(21,506 posts)
47. sorry I find the majority of country music exceedingly stupid
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 11:43 PM
Aug 2013

We'll put a boot in your ass its the american way...

I love my truck....

The dog died the wife left blah blah...

Maybe it's from the time I spent in Oklahoma where it was force fed to me. Every now and then I hear a song I like but turn on a country station and most of it I just want to ridicule.





sweetloukillbot

(10,604 posts)
128. +1
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 02:25 AM
Aug 2013

I recently had to review a concert from 3 hot new country acts - hadn't heard of any of em, but apparently they're all huge and the show was sold out. The only thing country in the whole show was the fiddle player the headliner had in his band. That and the suburban Republicans in their cowboy hats and minivans.

Chipper Chat

(9,587 posts)
88. You SHOULD listen to some Garth Brooks.
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 01:54 PM
Aug 2013

His music circa 1990-95 was classy and delved into pop, blues, and classical. Listen to "And the Thunder Rolls" that dealt with spousal cheating. He hooked me back then and I've never been a real country music fan.

Jackpine Radical

(45,274 posts)
67. Now that I look into it, that's a god question.
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 08:37 AM
Aug 2013

First, my naming Weird Al Yankovic was I think some kind of brain fart.

I was probably thinking of Kinky Friedman, who dabbled with the idea of running for (iirc) Governor of Texas. Willie supported him, & I rhought I recalled Kinky being a Libertarian. But now da Googul tells me I must have been wrong about Kinky being a Libertarian. I do recall having been surprised to hear that he was in the first place, since he always seemed 'way too smart & humane for that.

Thanks so much for asking; my resulting inquiry has strengthened my faith in Willie & restored it in Kinky.

 

Rebellious Republican

(5,029 posts)
10. I am proud to say there are a bunch of us....
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 09:43 PM
Aug 2013

Merle Haggard Sounds Off

"Why don’t we liberate these United States We’re the ones who need it the worst Let the rest of the world help us for a change And let’s rebuild America first"

These strong words come from a new songwriter wishing for peace in Iraq. Well, actually calling him new is untruthful. These words are sung by none other than Merle Haggard in his recent release debuting in 2006.

The rest of the song continues with even more inspiring resolute lines,

"Freedom is stuck in reverse Let’s get out of Iraq and get back on track And let’s rebuild America first"

For those readers who may not be country enthusiasts or who have not had the rare privilege of living in the Deep South, the significance of this song may elude you. But don’t worry; let me give you a quick flashback of Merle Haggard’s country classics composed during the late sixties. What better place to start than his hit, "Okie from Muskogee"

http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-207_162-565038.html

LTR

(13,227 posts)
19. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are well-known liberals
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:13 PM
Aug 2013

And they're far too popular to get Dixie Chocked.

 

Rebellious Republican

(5,029 posts)
12. This one is a paticular favorite, a little rock and roll...
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 09:50 PM
Aug 2013

Molly Hatchet Fall Of The Peacemaker

A king without a sword - a land without a king -
A truth without a voice - one song left to sing...
One song to sing.
A wise man told me theres something you should know:
The way you judge a man is you look into his soul
And youll soon see everything.
A voice from the past cried, Give peace a chance!
He paid our price now hes free at last; And imagine -
We called him a dreamer.
How many times must good men die?
How many tears will the children cry...
Till we suffer no more sadness?
Stop the madness.
Oh, stop the madness.
If ashes are ashes and dust is dust,
At our journeys end, then we turn to rust -
To the sands of the shore.
White doves in flight - peace to war -
But, tell me why the peacemakers fall.
Must we bury any more?
The hush of the crowd as the horse rode by -
The black lace veil hid her tears from my eyes...
And we all wept in silence.
How many times must good men die?
How many times will the children cry...
Till they suffer no more sadness?
Oh, stop the madness.
Oh, stop all the madness.

 

Taverner

(55,476 posts)
20. Fine person, had openly LGBT members in his band in the 90s....
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:14 PM
Aug 2013

My only problem with him is that he just created an Eagles cover band and called it "Garth Brooks"

 

Rebellious Republican

(5,029 posts)
37. Many before him have done the same, in all genres. Did you here the last albumn....
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 11:11 PM
Aug 2013

by Van Morrison, it was a country albumn. It failed....

 

Rebellious Republican

(5,029 posts)
21. Very poignant worth the listen, White Dove by....
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:14 PM
Aug 2013

Lynyrd Skynyrd

One two three
Two two three

White Dove sittin' on a blackberry bush
Is there any questioning why?
Tell me what heaven you're bound for today
Feel just like I could cry
Feel just like I could cry

Little squirrel sitting on a [Incomprehensible] rock
Wondering where the winter meal is coming from
Tired of fighting for it, gonna lay down my gun
Just know that my work is done
Just know that my work is done

Little boy blue now come blow your horn
No more of the sheep is around
I said I'm tired of fighting, I'm gonna lay down my gun
Just know that my work is done
Just know that my work is done
Just know that my work is done
Just know that my work is done

 

Rebellious Republican

(5,029 posts)
38. People here probably do not understand how progressive southern rockers were...
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 11:17 PM
Aug 2013

Anti gun song if I ever heard one

How about environmental issues.....

sweetloukillbot

(10,604 posts)
129. Not sure how progressive Skynyrd is anymore
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 02:31 AM
Aug 2013

It seems to me they did some Republican campaigning in recent years, or had some Tea Party song. I could be wrong though. The Allman Brothers are good Democrats, however, and did a benefit for Obama in 2008. And Drive-By Truckers has some great anti-Republican but still proud redneck songs.

IDemo

(16,926 posts)
63. Steve Earle is great
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 07:48 AM
Aug 2013

I mostly loathe formulaic commercial country, but love the Red Dirt sound. Cross Canadian Ragweed, Reckless Kelly, Mickey and the Motorcars, terrific stuff!

Volaris

(10,246 posts)
23. I didn't know this about Garth for a long while,
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:20 PM
Aug 2013

and it was someone here who pointed it out to me, and I'm still grateful that they did.

There IS a strain of Conservatism in America that is a more Classical, less Corporatized kind, (it's about the maintenance of what has been found by hard trial and error to WORK for the American People), and it IS possible, i think, for a Liberal to go down into "The South", and really and truly kick ass down there.

But it will take the kind of balls that I also think most of our elected Democrats lack. Greyson could do it, WARREN could probably do it, Howard Dean..someone not afraid to go stand on the destroyed mountain-tops of Appalachia, and say "Yeah, This is America, and we don't have to tolerate this from the Coal Co. Owners that have been fucking you over for a hundred years."

The proof I have is that these people know full well that FDR is the reason a lot of that region has electricity, and I get a lot of people come through the hotel that I work at--even the most self-professed Conservative of the bunch swears by the Tennessee Valley Authority, knows damn well it's why power in the region is as inexpensive as it is, and doesn't want it privatized for all the oil in Texas.

Our job as Liberals isn't to sell them on the statement "Government isn't worthless." It's to PROVE that statement beyond a shadow of a doubt, in a manner that reflects real, tangible, POSITIVE change in their lives.

Like I said, I don't know if a lot of our elected Democrats have the spine to even try at this point.

Kali

(54,947 posts)
77. this!
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 11:03 AM
Aug 2013

rural America could be turned blue with ACTION instead of fear-mongering bullshit from the right.

Kali

(54,947 posts)
119. I agreed with this:
Sat Aug 17, 2013, 09:02 PM
Aug 2013
Our job as Liberals isn't to sell them on the statement "Government isn't worthless." It's to PROVE that statement beyond a shadow of a doubt, in a manner that reflects real, tangible, POSITIVE change in their lives.


DOING things like ensuring schools are funded, education is available to everyone, health care, shelter and food for those who need help, rural hospitals and good communication (internet!) would show people the good that government (all of us) can do for others.

much better than "they are going to take our guns away, stop you from praying, force you to marry a gay person" type of fear-inducing message the right presents to its base.

Cracklin Charlie

(12,904 posts)
25. Garth rocked the house!
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:23 PM
Aug 2013

At the President's Inauguration concert in 2009. There were lots of posts here at DU about that performance. As far as I can tell, Garth (father of 3 daughters) was the ONLY performer who came out onstage that day and waved to the Obama daughters. He is a stand-up guy.

And, I can NOT listen to "We Shall Be Free" without bawling. Gets me every time.

 

Liberal_Stalwart71

(20,450 posts)
26. I always knew that Garth was great. He has always been on the right side of the issues.
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:29 PM
Aug 2013

Makes me like him even more. And he truly gets it!

 

Rebellious Republican

(5,029 posts)
30. Anyone heard of David Ball.....
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 10:39 PM
Aug 2013

Stick around for the ending, I do not care who are, it will have an effect on you.

GentryDixon

(2,939 posts)
93. How nice.
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 05:02 PM
Aug 2013

I haven't heard this in a long time. It is on one of his CD's I bought many years ago.

Very moving.

 

Rebellious Republican

(5,029 posts)
113. I had a similar experience to this song, eerily similar, except mine was a 68 camaro.
Sat Aug 17, 2013, 11:21 AM
Aug 2013

Army green with white racing stripes.

 

Rebellious Republican

(5,029 posts)
33. Some might say that some of the songs....
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 11:01 PM
Aug 2013

That I have posted may be slightly right of center. I say that some of these musicians are very smart and have managed to get there anti war views across with out getting Dixie Chik'ed, getting national airplay. They all have a common thread, they are singing about sad things.
Food for thought....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=X75sVw0xH2c

Lordquinton

(7,886 posts)
83. A common refrain I have heard
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 12:18 PM
Aug 2013

was that we needed some time to heal before people could speak words like the Dixie Chicks did, Country is at odds, and the lower end seems to be on top (which is not unique to the genre, but it's what we're talking about).

Are_grits_groceries

(17,111 posts)
108. Meh!
Sat Aug 17, 2013, 02:59 AM
Aug 2013

Natalie Maines was protesting about invading Iraq. Using the excuse of wait until we heal, was just. BS way to silence dissent. If people had joined her to make a fuss it might have made a difference.

Maines made no comment about 9/11. She rightly insulted W. But noooooo, too many people viewed him as heroic for using a bullhorn in NYC. His minions then lied right and left to scare the bejesus out of everyone about WMD in Iraq.

 

Rebellious Republican

(5,029 posts)
112. Words well spoken, thanks!
Sat Aug 17, 2013, 11:16 AM
Aug 2013

We all need to heal and take stock of what is happening in our country. Like I say, it is time to stop burning bridges and time to start building them.

hfojvt

(37,573 posts)
39. well it is nice to think
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 11:22 PM
Aug 2013

that George W. Bush went through 8 years of hell, but I don't believe it.

$400,000 a year. Your own private jet, helicopters, limosines, staff to do your cooking and cleaning and shopping and yardwork. Being famous, and powerful.

Nah, I think there are lots of tougher jobs, with far fewer rewards. I think I have one myself. I'd be happy to trade places with Obama, and I doubt if he would jump at that chance to trade places with me.

Plus, I don't think Obama is trying his heart out. Not even close. He pretty much sold out from day one when he started to pick his cabinet. I was one of the fools arguing on DU that all was not lost just because he made a bunch of bad cabinet picks. I mean, I did not like all the Clinton re-runs, but did not think it made a huge difference who was in the cabinet. But clearly I have been proven wrong.

 

Rebellious Republican

(5,029 posts)
43. While I agree with most of your post......
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 11:32 PM
Aug 2013

I really do not think you have any Idea what it like to be POTUS and have a wife and two children that are forced to live in a bubble just because daddy wants to be the POTUS. I have had some serious damn rough jobs in my life, life on the line kind of jobs. I would not wish that kind of a lifestyle on anyone.

On Edit: Life style of Potus that is.

hfojvt

(37,573 posts)
48. there's no way I would, of course, have any idea
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 11:46 PM
Aug 2013

Doubtless, it has its minuses, stresses, pressures, annoyances.

But all in all, I bet it is better to have a dad who makes $400,000 a year (plus a future book deal and speaker's fees) than it is to have a dad who makes $30,000 a year (like I do) or who has lost his job.

How many countries have they visited? How many times have they been to Hawaii? I have never been to Hawaii and I doubt if I ever will. I have never even seen the Pacific Ocean, much less flown across it.

Whatever hassles they have inside their bubble, I don't think they constitute a really severe hardship or deprivation. At least there seem to be many benefits involved too.

kag

(4,074 posts)
81. I think the difference is that Obama has a conscience...
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 11:31 AM
Aug 2013

and Bush doesn't.

What's that saying? "There are two kinds of politicians: those who want to do something and those who want to be somebody."

W was definitely the latter. I think Obama is the former even though I disagree with many of his methods. I hate that he gives in to the R's so much, and I think he is thoroughly misguided about the drone program and the NSA spying program. But I do believe his heart is in the right place, and that he believes he is doing these things for the good of the people of this country.

W just wanted to be famous and powerful. Oh, and W had a Congress that would do his bidding--even the Democrats. His Congress would even do stupid shit like Medicare part D, call it a wonderful thing for the people, and then give W credit for it. Obama has a Congress (at least half of one) that hates him, and will do anything to piss him off and to thwart his efforts. That's gotta hurt when you are truly trying to help people.

Just my 2 cents.

hfojvt

(37,573 posts)
82. that could be a difference
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 12:09 PM
Aug 2013

but I don't believe it is.

Obama has done too many bad things and been too dishonest about them for me to believe he really wants to help people.

Lots of things can be blamed on the Republicans, and SHOULD be. I fully agree with that. But Republicans cannot be blamed for Obama's simple lack of effort and then for his pretty blatant dishonesty.

He could have fought for a good thing - and lost.

I would respect that. Say he fought for the eliminating 80% of the Bush tax cuts.

Instead, he fought for bad things - and says he 'won'. Instead of fighting for the elimination of 80% of the Bush tax cuts, Obama's starting point was only - eliminating 22% of the Bush tax cuts. A very bad starting point. But suddenly that bad compromise became - the LEFT position and NOBODY was advocating that 80% of them go away - except for perhaps me and the CTJ off in the wilderness chopping down trees where nobody could hear them fall.

So now 85% of the Bush tax cuts are PERMANENT. A horrible policy which will, like the original Bush tax cuts, do tremendous damage to our country. Yet Obama hails it as a victory - a partial victory.

I spent 8 or 9 years calling Bush a lying piece of excrement for the LIES he told about the Bush tax cuts. Am I supposed to look the other way, or think it is no big deal when Obama tells the same lies about ATRA (the bill that made most of the Bush tax cuts permanent)?

To me, those lies of Obama turn him into the same lying piece of excrement that Bush looked like.

Either that, or I am supposed to be a) too stupid to see through the lies or b) say "it is okay for Democrats to lie about tax policies that benefit the rich."

I do not see how it is possible for me to a) clearly see the bad policies and b) clearly see the lies told about the bad policies and still believe that Obama is a decent guy trying to help the working class.

The frustrating part is that there seem to be so few people who can also see through the bullsh*t.

But Garth Brooks is rich and happy. I wonder how much he will get over the next decade thanks to ATRA. I bet it is more than the salary I will make for working - and that's just his tax cuts.

Coyote_Bandit

(6,783 posts)
45. Add Kris Kristofferson
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 11:36 PM
Aug 2013

To the list of the decidedly progressve in country music. His Third World Warrior CD speaks volumes even after all these years. Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson once got into a rather heated political disagreement during a Highwaymen concert.

Dolly Parton also has liberal leanings and so did Johnny Cash though he was careful not to alienate his more politically conservative fans.

JI7

(89,095 posts)
52. i liked him ever since he was supportive of Gays long time ago when it was unpopular
Thu Aug 15, 2013, 11:56 PM
Aug 2013

my cousin told me about a friend who met him . it wasn't at some show or anything. it was at some everyday thing like post office or coffee place and how he just came off as a regular nice guy.

Cha

(294,698 posts)
54. I've loved Garth Brooks since the First Obama Inauguration when he..
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 12:19 AM
Aug 2013
Garth Brooks rocked the Obama Inauguation



Garth Brooks says it Best!

graywarrior!

Rozlee

(2,529 posts)
96. How does Dolly Parton figure into it?
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 06:08 PM
Aug 2013

Didn't she once say she thought Obama was going to be a great president? I know she's a strong advocate for LGBT rights. But, on the other hand, she's big into that ol' time religion.

Are_grits_groceries

(17,111 posts)
109. Dolly doesn't use religion as a club
Sat Aug 17, 2013, 03:05 AM
Aug 2013

to scare people, beat them if they disagree, or carry out judgement on them. Her view is nonjudgmental and it gives her comfort.

Blanks

(4,835 posts)
94. I never know when those graphics with text on them are just some made up bullshit...
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 06:03 PM
Aug 2013

Good on ya, I appreciate seeing him say it. His follow on comments were good too.

madokie

(51,076 posts)
65. He's a local
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 08:06 AM
Aug 2013

Big ranch a few miles from us here.
People who know him, who deal with him all say he is one hell of a good man.
I never cared for his music. That just changed though

TlalocW

(15,323 posts)
66. Garth's a supernice guy
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 08:26 AM
Aug 2013

When I lived in Tulsa, he chose us to do his first (and so far only) website, which is now inactive while he makes plans for the future. He's very hands-on when it comes to his image and career - when we were in meetings spitballing ideas for his website he would reply back with, "Garth wouldn't do that," or, "That's something Garth would like," which could sound weird or even conceited to talk about yourself in the third person, but it was just his short version of referring to his public persona. One time he dropped by the office because he was in the neighborhood (had Trisha with him) and took us out for lunch at Hideaway Pizza just to show his appreciation for our work.

The other nice thing about working with him is that I pretty much knew nothing about his music (still don't really) so it pissed off all my Garth-loving friends and relatives that I got to hang out with him (My Christmas card one year was me standing between Garth and Trisha in front of a private jet that he had us come out to Nashville on so we could hold meetings with his merchandiser and a clearing house). I wrote something like, "Merry Xmas... I still don't know what this guy sings."

TlalocW

mainstreetonce

(4,178 posts)
72. If the way the artist leans right influences you
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 09:40 AM
Aug 2013

then you don't want to listen to Toby Keith or John Rich.

yesphan

(1,586 posts)
75. I don't know about John Rich,
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 10:47 AM
Aug 2013

actually never heard of him, but Toby leans left and writes right.
I don't listen to any of them as I'm not a fan of pop music regardless the genre.

Blanks

(4,835 posts)
97. Does Toby really lean left?
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 06:09 PM
Aug 2013

I've always kind of wondered. I like the old Tom T. Hall song 'I like beer'. I always figured if you write a song (or sing one) that a large number of people will automatically like - it'd be like finding money in the street.

Toby Keith annoys the shit out of me, but I've often wondered if he doesn't behave that way publicly because he knows that there's a demographic that will always like him.

If that's what he's doing - he's actually pretty smart.

Tanuki

(14,869 posts)
80. Unfortunately, if you shun John Rich, you also shun Obama-voting Big Kenny,
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 11:25 AM
Aug 2013

the other half of Big and Rich. They were both recently cited for their extensive humanitarian work:
http://www.musicnewsnashville.com/big-rich-receives-crs-2013-artist-humanitarian-award

liberal_at_heart

(12,081 posts)
84. I don't care if he never got a single piece of legislation passed, what I want and expect out of
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 12:21 PM
Aug 2013

all who represent me in government is to fight for me, not for the rich. And the president time after time has demonstrated that he fights more for the rich than he does for the middle class and poor.

Tuesday Afternoon

(56,912 posts)
86. He and his wife Trisha Yearwood are both good dems.
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 01:36 PM
Aug 2013

There are many country singers that are good dems. Some are more vocal about than others.

Boomerproud

(7,837 posts)
98. I started liking him when I saw him in a Beatles documentary and he said
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 06:21 PM
Aug 2013

"When you have sword that big, it's good to know it's in the right hands." Of course he was alluding to their power. I've never heard a nicer compliment. Thanks for being such a good person Garth.

Diclotican

(5,095 posts)
99. graywarrior
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 06:34 PM
Aug 2013

graywarrior

I have always liked Garth Brooks, since I was given a CD with some of his songs - by my sister in the mid 1990s... And I guess I have a few of his records now

And he looks like he also have a heart, way more than some can claim I guess

I just hope the conservatives do not try to ouster him out from the country song tradition now then - they managed to do it with the Dixie Chicks - but then I guess they was kind of "start up" singers compared to Garth Brooks...

Diclotican

Diclotican

(5,095 posts)
101. graywarrior
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 06:52 PM
Aug 2013

graywarrior

Indeed - he seems to know who he is, and what he want to do - and is not to afraid of the other side.. I wish america had a few more of them, who was able to stand up and do the right thing...

Diclotican

Diclotican

(5,095 posts)
103. graywarrior
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 08:00 PM
Aug 2013

graywarrior

Indeed an balanced individual.. For some reason, from my perspective from the outside of the US, it looks like many of americans got a personal breakdown after 9/11, and have never really managed to get your feet on the ground again - and to be more balanced in your approach to things that is difficult to grasp..

Specially the conservative part if your country, looked like they got a personal, nervous breakdown - so horrible that no one can understand what happened with them.. And the election of a BLACK man to the presidency really got them out in numbers - to more and more madness and unwillingness to work with the administration to at least repair some of the horrible damage been made to the US..

From my perspective I'm little unsure where US is to go now - it can get sane again - and get their feet on the ground collective speaking - or it can just erode time and time again - to something nasty - like a civil war will start all over again... It is enough extremists in the US, to at least make it possible for something very bad to happened in the counry.....


I hope for the best for USA, but I am also afraid it will go worse, before the tide is turning - I believed it was bad when GWB was in office - (and it was) but it look like the extremist fringe really have continued to do damage to US, even after the election of President Obama (they can not stand the man) And I am afraid the fringe will continue to do damage to the US, as long as they can possible do it...

Then, it is good to have some balanced people out there, who is sane - and who is not afraid of stating his facts - and stand by it.. I guess he have earned enough money from his time in the music industry - so he can leave if he is not welcome as country artist anymore... Even if I do believe the world will loose a great artist if he does...
But then again Willie Nelson is still going strong - and have always been some of a rebel when it comes to the US foreign affairs I guess... So I guess it is place for some like Brooks in the country music industry after all..

Diclotican

 

Rebellious Republican

(5,029 posts)
120. And another shocking video by another alternative C & W artist....
Sat Aug 17, 2013, 09:03 PM
Aug 2013

So many have the wrong impression about country, kinda enjoying the education of a few around here.Sad to to see all the hate posts on this under the video. On youtube that is!

brettdale

(12,320 posts)
131. Gotta Love Garth
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 05:24 AM
Aug 2013

His songs have been about gay rights, social equality and woman rights, he's
a class guy all the way.

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