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Mellencamp Unveils Anti-War Song (More Musical Idiots Join the Dixie Chicks & Sheryl Crow)
Billboard Magazine ^

Posted on 03/13/2003 3:16:30 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat

John Mellencamp has made a new anti-war-themed song, "To Washington," available for free download on his official Web site. The cut, inspired by Woody Guthrie and the Carter Family but penned by Mellencamp, questions President George W. Bush's motives at waging war against Iraq: "He wants to fight with many / And he says it's not for oil / He sent out the National Guard / To police the world."

"To Washington" will appear on Mellencamp's next studio album, a collection of covers he is recording in his Bloomington, Ind., homebase with his touring band. The set, tentatively titled "Trouble No More," is due in late May on Columbia. Despite Mellencamp's announcement last summer that he had parted ways with the label, the artist tells Billboard, "Our divorce failed."

Other songs set for inclusion on the new album are "Stones in My Passway" (Robert Johnson), "Death Letter" (Son House), "Johnny Hart" (Woody Guthrie), "Baltimore Oriole" (Hoagy Carmichael), "Teardrops Will Fall" (Dickie Do and the Don'ts), "Diamond Joe" (traditional, recorded by Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Tom Rush), "End of the World" (Skeeter Davis), "Joliet Bound" (Joe McCoy), "Lafayette" (Lucinda Williams), "John the Revelator" (traditional), and "Down at the Bottom" (Willie Dixon).

A spokesperson says Mellencamp, Billboard's 2001 Century Award winner, is not planning to tour in the next few months. But, he will appear April 9 in New York at a 70th birthday tribute to Willie Nelson, with whom he is a partner in the yearly Farm Aid benefit concert.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.


TOPICS: Announcements; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dixiechicks; idiocy; mellencamp; sherylcrow
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John Mellencamp: He fights Intelligence, and intelligence always wins.
1 posted on 03/13/2003 3:16:30 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Dylan For Dummies.
2 posted on 03/13/2003 3:18:16 PM PST by Argus
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Little ditty 'bout John Mellencamp
A washed up old has-been with his head up his arse.....
3 posted on 03/13/2003 3:18:34 PM PST by NeoCaveman (Let's get on with it, already!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
I don't have a problem with anti-war anthems as long as they are not anti-American, anti-Bush or anti-soldier. Almost nobody likes war, not even the guys that do it for a living.
4 posted on 03/13/2003 3:20:38 PM PST by AdA$tra (All we are saying ....is give war a chance)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Mellancamp's been a hippie for years. This is no surprise.

The Dixie Chicks are more of a shock.
5 posted on 03/13/2003 3:20:46 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines (Ithaca is the City of Evil)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
I don't listen to mellon head's music anyway!
6 posted on 03/13/2003 3:20:47 PM PST by NWOhioGirl7O7
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Hit me with your best shot -- Pat Benatar.

When the Bullet hits the bone -- Golden Earring.

You dropped a bomb on me -- ????
7 posted on 03/13/2003 3:20:59 PM PST by swarthyguy
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I hate that unhip little monkey-faced putz.
8 posted on 03/13/2003 3:21:47 PM PST by SerpentDove (Peace Kills.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Wow. Unattractive, pretentious in the name department, AND irrelevant. We have a three-fer.
9 posted on 03/13/2003 3:21:55 PM PST by Xenalyte (I may not agree with your bumper sticker, but I'll defend to the death your right to stick it)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Who? Oh, you mean John Cougar!
10 posted on 03/13/2003 3:22:18 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass
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To: Recovering_Democrat
John Mellonhead is just trying to appear relevant. Has-beens often do that.

11 posted on 03/13/2003 3:22:26 PM PST by MizSterious ("The truth takes only seconds to tell."--Jack Straw)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
For good warfare music, listen to Slayer. Warning: It can permanently alter your brain.
12 posted on 03/13/2003 3:23:31 PM PST by Hacksaw (She's not that kind of girl, Booger.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
He was a good lookin' guy.
Stood about six foot three,
Long brown hair
As nice as he could be.
Everybody liked him
But he didn't have a clue,
He looked silly as hell
In those funny French shoes.

A self portrait by the artist - French Shoes by J. Cougar Mellenhead

13 posted on 03/13/2003 3:23:48 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: dubyaismypresident
Friday, 20 December, 2002, 18:04 GMT
Fonda joins Jerusalem demo


Fonda is on a week-long visit to the Middle East

US film star Jane Fonda has joined pacifists protesting against Israel's 35-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Fonda, a veteran of Vietnam anti-war campaigns, demonstrated with the group Women In Black, who protest about the occupation every Friday in Jerusalem.

She stayed with the banner-wielding demonstrators for about 10 minutes, standing in heavy rain outside the residence of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in the west of the disputed city.


Fonda will visit Yasser Arafat's headquarters

The 64-year-old actress is on a week-long trip to the region and plans to attend meetings of Israeli and Palestinian women organised by a global movement to stop violence against women.

The movement, called V-Day, was inspired by the off-Broadway hit The Vagina Monologues and the woman who wrote it, Eve Ensler, who is also in Israel.

Fonda and Ensler visited Jewish and Arab doctors and patients at Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital on Thursday after a performance of selected passages from Monologues, put on by a group of Israeli women.

Earlier, Fonda visited Israelis recovering from chronic injuries at the hospital's rehabilitation centre.

She appeared moved when she met 23-year-old Sharon Maman, who suffered brain damage after two suicide bombers blew up simultaneously in Jerusalem on 1 December, 2001.

On Saturday, Fonda is due to visit the West Bank town of Ramallah to see a physical rehabilitation centre, a Palestinian refugee camp and Yasser Arafat's headquarters complex, most of which Israeli troops have destroyed.

14 posted on 03/13/2003 3:25:02 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (chIRAQ & sadDAM are bedfellows & clinton is a raping traitor!)
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To: swarthyguy
Gap Band.
15 posted on 03/13/2003 3:25:25 PM PST by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
This story doesn't mention how he is desperate to get the song out for fear the war will be over by the time his album is released. Imagine that. "No one will be in the mood for my tune when the Iraqis are dancing in the streets." What a jerk.
16 posted on 03/13/2003 3:25:30 PM PST by Rastus
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To: Recovering_Democrat
"Stones in My Passway"

So that's his problem...

17 posted on 03/13/2003 3:26:04 PM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Johnny, you old, washed up, has-been, you should have stopped with "Scarecrow". You've outlived your usefullness.


18 posted on 03/13/2003 3:29:19 PM PST by Indiana Girl (Off you go, Johnny.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Yawn... ever since Viet Naam every musician seems to think they can make hay with a protest song. Of course young people who are in their rebellious, "protest anything" years buy them up with their parent's money and "...the seasons go round and round and the painted ponies go up and down..." Same old, same old. These old capitalist musicians make their living biting the hand that feeds them.
19 posted on 03/13/2003 3:31:48 PM PST by rhombus
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To: Recovering_Democrat
I have some friends who work for the production (stage/sound system/lighting system) companies that manage/produce/transport major rock tours in the US. According to them, Mellencamp is right near the top of the Top 5 list of Primmadonna A-Hole "Rock Stars" that a lot of their long time crews no longer want to go out on tour with. He is supposedly a major league pain in the ass, who cannot be spoken to...you have to ask questions through an intermediary.
20 posted on 03/13/2003 3:36:14 PM PST by BansheeBill
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Little pink burqas
For you and me
21 posted on 03/13/2003 3:37:57 PM PST by Redcloak (All work and no FReep makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no FReep make s Jack a dul boy. Allwork an)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
What have the Dixie Chicks done to rank them in such a pathetic category?
22 posted on 03/13/2003 3:39:30 PM PST by CIBvet ('round em up, head em out ... BORDERS, LANGUAGE, CULTURE !!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
"Stones in My Passway"

Sounds like he needs a to see an doctor quick.

24 posted on 03/13/2003 3:43:03 PM PST by duckman (ta ra ra boom de ay, lets bomb SADDAM today.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Clint Black also has a new release out, It's called Iraq and Roll and is available as a free MP3 (3.6 meg) download on Clint Blacks web site Forget the dicksy Chx's and this mellon camp fellow. Black is a real american.
25 posted on 03/13/2003 3:50:03 PM PST by chainsaw
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Fill me in on the Chickie Dicks stance will you?
26 posted on 03/13/2003 3:51:28 PM PST by WellsFargo94
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Well, I like his old stuff, but I'll burn his sh!t along with the Dixie B!tches; becuase I'm just poor ignorant trash too stupid to understand what the rich and fat liberals know outright.
27 posted on 03/13/2003 3:52:10 PM PST by Porterville (Screw the grammar, full posting ahead.)
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To: dubyaismypresident
LOL. Oh yeah, life goes on....
28 posted on 03/13/2003 3:54:27 PM PST by Dan from Michigan (Every man dies. Not every man really lives.)
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To: skeeter
They're playing rocknroll in Jalalabad,
Down in Kandahar, hoo hey,
Deep in the heart of Herat,
High Up in Kunduz way,
All over the valleys,
Down in the caves n tunnels,
Everybody's gone surfing...

Surfing A.F.G.A
29 posted on 03/13/2003 3:55:42 PM PST by swarthyguy
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To: Recovering_Democrat
He's still alive?
30 posted on 03/13/2003 3:56:41 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: WellsFargo94; CIBvet
Fill me in on the Chickie Dicks stance will you?

Search and find

31 posted on 03/13/2003 3:58:01 PM PST by IncPen
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To: swarthyguy
You dropped a bomb on me -- ????

Why is The Gap Band

32 posted on 03/13/2003 3:58:42 PM PST by Last Visible Dog
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To: Recovering_Democrat
"Stones in My Passway" (Robert Johnson),

That's from too much calcium. Very painful.

33 posted on 03/13/2003 4:01:54 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Let them eat cake.)
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To: Indiana Girl
I'm origianlly from Indiana too, alot of my friends are from Brown County where this guy is looked at as some sort of god. I've always thought he was patheticly trying to use the musical ability of others (like that black bass player chick who has soul, unlike him) to supply his infamous ego and keep putting out albums.

To think that he portrays himself as some sort of country boy representing Indiana makes me genuinely hate him for putting out these DNC talking points. I'd boycott him, but who buys his albums anyways?

As my friend from Brown County pointed out to me, Pink Houses isn't patriotic, its about the terrible pitfalls of capitalism. It just uses the chorus about America to take advantage of the casual support he'd get from middle America. Kind of sums up everything about this white trash wanna be Hollywood type.
34 posted on 03/13/2003 4:02:28 PM PST by PeoplesRep_of_LA (Reagan must have done alot of good to be hated by the left this bad)
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To: NWOhioGirl7O7
In the early 1980’s I went to a Heart concert and John Cougar Mellonhead was the opening act (right around the time “Jack and Dianne” was out) - we waited in the parking lot until Mellonhead’s set was over – the parking lot was packed with people!

Irrelevant has-beens will jump on any bandwagon they can find in an attempt to breathe life into a long dead career.

35 posted on 03/13/2003 4:03:57 PM PST by Last Visible Dog
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To: Last Visible Dog
Why is The Gap Band

Make that Who is the Gap Band

36 posted on 03/13/2003 4:05:59 PM PST by Last Visible Dog
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Who?
37 posted on 03/13/2003 4:06:23 PM PST by Gee Wally
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To: Recovering_Democrat
ETU John? Bummer
38 posted on 03/13/2003 4:12:07 PM PST by ImpBill ("You are either with US or against US!")
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To: IncPen
Thank you!! I was wondering myself what they said. Do you notice how they always go abroad and trash talk the U.S.?
39 posted on 03/13/2003 4:14:59 PM PST by karatemom
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Mellencamp has been hanging around Bloomington too much lately.
40 posted on 03/13/2003 4:26:37 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: karatemom; WellsFargo94; CIBvet
Go ahead and FREEP them (this info provided by freeper gg188):

Lipton Tea recently announced its sponsorship of the Dixie Chicks world tour. I think every American should write and demand that Lipton withdraw its support of anti-American rhetoric by Americans. Essentially, Lipton is helping provide the platform for Americans to go to other countries to attack their fellow countrymen back home:

Here's how to write them:

letters.liptontusa@unilever.com

Lipton tea is owned by Unilever: Unilever US
Lever House
390 Park Avenue
New York
N.Y. 10022-4698
Tel :- +1 212 888 1260
Fax :- +1 212 906 4666
Email :- paul.wood@unilever.com
Email :- nancy.goldfarb@unilever.com

---------- ---------- ---------- ---------

Here's a relevant thread, and here's a response I posted

I'm writing to you as the sponsors, through Lipton companies, of the Dixie Chicks' World Tour.

Tonight I read of their comments- made not in this country, but rather, overseas- which I interpeted as anti-American in nature, and which I believe give aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States.

I take offense that these performers see fit to spout their anti-American feelings under the Lipton umbrella, and I hope you share my disgust. I have been a customer of Lipton my entire life, and have several Lipton and Unilever products on my shelf as I write this.

I went so far as to go to Dixie Chicks' website thinking that the news accounts I read were mistaken and instead found the quotes below:

From the Dixie Chicks

"We've been overseas for several weeks and have been reading and following the news accounts of our governments' position. The anti-American sentiment that has unfolded here is astounding. While we support our troops, there is nothing more frightening than the notion of going to war with Iraq and the prospect of all the innocent lives that will be lost."

Maines further stated, "I feel the President is ignoring the opinions of many in the U.S. and alienating the rest of the world. My comments were made in frustration and one of the privileges of being an American is you are free to voice your own point of view."

Perhaps Ms Maines is unaware that Iraq was defeated by the US in 1991, and has violated the terms of its surrender- and 17 subsequent UN resolutions defining the terms of compliance. I don't expect someone of her obvious intellectual dearth to understand the compexities of current events.

Surely the employees of Unilever and its subsidiaries understand the complexities of current events. And that Ms Maines holds a minority view. She's on your dime, folks.

I'll be the first to stand up to defend anyone's right to free speech, but I don't see this as a free-speech issue. Ms Maines' political sentiments are hers; using her position as a celebrity to further those aims is a questionable pursuit when such statements put soldiers who protect her rights in harm's way. Like my sister, my brother-in-law, and several close friends.

What the Dixie Chicks have done is nothing short of treasonous

Unless Unilever and Lipton clearly, meaningfully and immediately repudiate the sentiments expressed by the Dixie Chicks - and stop funding this treason and I do mean immediately- I will clear my shelves of your products and join or start a grassroots movement to mount a groundswell against this outrage. Your products will join the Dixie Chicks' CDs in the garbage under my kitchen sink

I've blind-copied this letter to my entire address book, and I look forward to your comments.

< name >



41 posted on 03/13/2003 4:27:02 PM PST by IncPen
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To: IncPen
Tell it like it is IncPen! This is the email I sent to the radio station I listen to driving home from work:

I heard your discussion about the Dixie Chicks comments in London while driving home from work today. I'd like to add my 2 cents. I think what they did was despicable. Would they make those comments on stage to a crowd in Texas? I don't think so. They were simply pandering to the anti-US sentiment in Great Britain. It was an easy thing to do there. Moreover, their comments were not so much a voicing of disagreement over U.S. policy towards Iraq as it was a gratuitous personal attack on the president. Do they have an opinion about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction? I guess George W. Bush being president is worse than Saddam having biological and chemical weapons. Certainly everyone is entitled to voice their opinion on the subject of Iraq. But people should weigh carefully the effects of their words. The Chiracs and Schroeders of this world are giving Saddam Hussein the message that he really doesn't have to disarm. And so are the Dixie Chicks. Their celebrity affords them a wider hearing for their words and their comments, along with the others espousing that view, merely serves to support Saddam Hussein. Imagine what might have happened if the entire world presented a united voice to Saddam Hussein: 'You must disarm immediately.' Of course that hasn't happened. And we'll never know if such a united front would have caused him to disarm, or caused his general to carry out a coup. So the words of the Dixie Chicks and their ilk merely increase the likelihood that military force will be necessary to disarm Saddam Hussein. And that means more Americans will die in the process. I hear that Saddam is still taking on human shields, and I think the Dixie Chicks should demonstrate their convictions, go to Iraq and provide those services. Well, I guess that was more than 2 cents worth, but I close by making this simple request. Please do not play the music of the Dixie Chicks. We should not be enriching those Americans whose conduct abroad undermines our security.

42 posted on 03/13/2003 4:34:19 PM PST by Gee Wally
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To: countrydummy; hellinahandcart; KLT
Still gonna b*tch me out because of my Dixie Tw*ts comment?
43 posted on 03/13/2003 4:43:14 PM PST by sauropod (If the women can't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy...)
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To: Arkinsaw
LOL!
44 posted on 03/13/2003 4:44:22 PM PST by sauropod (If the women can't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy...)
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To: countrydummy; hellinahandcart; KLT
Jane honey,....

Here's your burkha.

45 posted on 03/13/2003 4:45:54 PM PST by sauropod (If the women can't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy...)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
Why didn't Nixon imprison J. Fonda for giving aid and cofort to the enemy?
46 posted on 03/13/2003 4:48:28 PM PST by KickRightRudder
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To: dubyaismypresident
Little ditty about John Mellencamp
Anti American kid spewing across the land
Johnnies gonna run his mouth too far
He gonna be out on the street washing cars

Servin up chilli dogs outside the tastee freeze
Will be the only work
your gonna see
Mellencamp say, "Hey Bush No war on Iraq"
Mellencamp Grow a spine
And stop smoking crack
And we say...

CHORUS:
Oh yeah your career is gone
The words you spoke cannot be withdrawn
Oh yeah your career is gone
You ran your mouth, we wont listen to your songs
We walk on
47 posted on 03/13/2003 5:03:09 PM PST by eXe ( This space for rent :) )
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To: Recovering_Democrat; BansheeBill
...now Mellencamp was giving him heartburn. The rock star had a wholesome public image - he had helped organise 'Farm Aid', a benefit concert for bankrupt American farmers - but in private, he was a hard case. His former manager, Billy Gaff, once said of him, not altogether unkindly, 'John would murder his mother for a hit record'....

Hit Men : Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business, p. 149

48 posted on 03/13/2003 5:07:49 PM PST by Byron_the_Aussie
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To: rhombus
young conservative= heartless

old liberal= brainless
49 posted on 03/13/2003 5:10:14 PM PST by chasio649
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To: eXe
Bravo! Almost giggled my lovely fanny off!
50 posted on 03/13/2003 5:11:44 PM PST by uvular (He was born with a small brain....)
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