Rockin' In The Free World (with Springsteen and Fogerty)

 

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Neil Young - Rockin' In The Free World (with Springsteen and Fogerty) (Vote for Change 2004)

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This ain't subtle.

Here's a whole stage full of people who can't fucking stand George Bush and the lying war whores who make up the Repugnant Party in the United States. 

From the 2004 Vote For Change shows in support of anyone but the dicks in the Dick Cheney administration, this was the beginning of what would grow into Neil Young's scathing "Living With War" album and subsequent Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion tour featuring those shit-kicking take-no-prisoners songs.

Neil, backed by the E Street Band instead of Crazy Horse, and joined by Clemons, Springsteen and Fogerty instead of C S & N, shows everyone why rock n roll was invented. 

When they sing the line "There's one more kid that will never go to school, never get to fall in love, never get to be cool" you think of the tens of thousands of young men and women who were killed or wounded for life by George Bush for his pimps' personal profits.  And of course, "We got a thousand points of light for the homeless man, We got a kinder gentler machine gun hand," are direct references to Bush Sr. and the rhetoric that family used to use Americans. 

Although many voters in 2004 were still falling for the abject bullshit these minority-hating women-repressing planet-destroying science-denying 15th century bigots were selling, thank God the mindset and demographics of America have changed so much since then.

And once again it was musicians paving the way — in this case with the Vote For Change concerts in swing states all around the country.  Besides the legendary artists in this clip, the shows included My Morning Jacket, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Death Cab For Cutie, Dave Matthews Band, Tracy Chapman, Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow, the Dixie Chicks and many others.

Dig the shear joy on Springsteen's face, the Michael Stipe cameo on the chorus, Neil's wife Pegi stepping up on joyful harmonies, and the Clarence—Neil showdown at the climax.

This is The Declaration of Independence set to music.  It's "This Land Is Your Land" on electric guitar. It's the anthem of America written by a Canadian.  And it's about time.

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