Smokey Dymny’s Song as Relevant as EverOctober 12th, 2011 | Posted by in North America | Smokey Dymny
The outstandingly good Smokey Dymny, Canadian political songwriter, country folk musician and union activist, has alerted me to his 2002 song I Wanna be a Right-Winger Now; it was highly relevant then, and, sadly it is still as relevant now, as an excerpt from the lyrics make clear:
Well, I walked to Harry Rosen’s to buy me that new suit.
They looked me up & down & they gave me the boot
I yelled “I have a hundred, from the Stock Exchange.”
They handed me a necktie and fifty cents change.
I said, I wanna be a Right-winger now, I’m gonna make my mark somehow,
They said, “Here’s a broom you can sweep the men’s room,
But don’t talk to the gentlemen, your speech is much too rude.
But Smokey has a message for those financiers and bankers:
Now I want to bring those right wingers down!
They know nothing more than scorn & put-downs!
They got no brains, got no sense, just a big, fat inheritance,
Their daddy stole from your daddy & his pals.
(Highway robbery Capitalism!)
The full lyrics can be found on the excellent Union Songs website.
Another fine Smokey song, Solidarity is Easy, written for a wildcat picket in Toronto in 2006, will also I guess always be with us.
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