Chapter Seventy-Four

ANTHEM
[ a song, country blues ]


            "Flow on, river of time
             Wash away the pain and heal my mind...


                We were bold in our innocence, brave wild and free
                We had our own rhyme and reason of how things were to be
                We wanted our freedom and shot way past the moon
                Now we still sing our anthem but our heart's out of tune

                      We rode Ezekielís wheel---Elijahís chariot through the fire
                      From sea to shining sea we filled up our heart's desire
                      We plowed fields of plenty under freedomís great rainbow
                      Oh, why did you leave me, where did you ever go?

                America, America, our greed lies exposed
                Inner cities are wasteland, the heartland is foreclosed
                Is the great harvest ending?--These cruel winds of change blow
                Oh America, America, we'll reap what we sow

                      We rode Ezekielís wheel---Elijahís chariot through the fire
                      From sea to shining sea we filled up our heartís desire
                      We plowed fields of plenty under freedomís great rainbow
                      Oh why did you leave me, where did you ever go?

                Is the great harvest ending?--These cruel winds of change blow
                America, why did you leave me, where did you ever go? *


            ...Flow on, river of time
               Carry me away
               And leave it all far behind
               Flow on river of time" ¹


Farm Aid      American Liver Foundation


DEDICATED TO:  The late Frank Johnson, a true one-horse 113-acre family farmer of Jasper, Alabama who, by working long hard hours from before sunrise to after sundown on both his farm and in the coal mines until the age of seventy-eight and, although apparently never having attended any classroom of education learning, managed to feed and clothe his family of nine through the lean years of the Great Depression and ended up one of the most respected men in his community, serving as municipal court bailiff until his untimely death at age ninety-five---untimely because he probably would have survived several more years if it had not been for his great distrust of the medical profession and thus, his refusal to be operated on for a severe hernia condition.  Also dedicated to Farm Aid founders John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and their large extended family of friends of the American Family Farmer * ** . . .and to Wynonna and Naomi Judd; "love can build a bridge".


Credits:

1. From "River Of Time" by Naomi Judd and John Jarvis; River Of Time, The Judds (1989).


*FootNote:  There are far too many people among us today who do not seem to understand what ďAmericaĒ is.  America is not an anthem or a parade or a flag or an idea or a constitutional document.  America is We The People of multiplex diversity plowing together toward the common good of us all. . .  Or at least, that is what America is supposed to be.

**FootNote:  Over the course of several years, Congress has been steadily ignoring the plight of the American family farmer, awarding subsidies to large corporate farms that already earn huge profits while small family farms receive little or nothing at all.  Rather than re-writing legislation to help balance large corporate welfare inequity back toward helping the family farmer who truly needs assistance and in spite of severe drought in the past couple of years that has only worsened an already dire small-farm situation, elected officials bought off by large corporate farming lobby interests have instead, added fuel to the corporation tax-dollar all-consuming fire at the expense of the family farmer and us all.  Which has only served to convince the American family farmer and the rest of us commoners that it is most unfair to insinuate that these Benedict Arnold representatives for corporate "pigs at the trough" must have pig manure for brains---unfair, that is, to the typical family farmer pig.



           


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