Saturday, February 1, 2020

Saturday Night Music Videos - Poncho and Lefty

Poncho and Lefty
(still unfinished)

I've become very jaundiced by the NewZ lately.  It seems they've got two dueling False Flag Hoaxes vying for our attention.  The Coronavirus Hoax and the Impeachment Hoax.  Both are waaaaaay over the top.  Some heads should roll...but won't.  I've really tried not to become too sucked into either media 24/7 frenzy.

So I've immersed myself in my latest carving which I'm calling Poncho and Lefty.  The fish on the left is Poncho and the fish on the right is Lefty.  When I was at my carving class last week I told them the name of the carving and only one person out of 10 knew who I was referring to.  Here's the song that inspired the names.  It's one of my favourite folk western songs and this video version is IMO the best cover of the song...even better than the song's author, Townes Van Zandt's version:

Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan 
singing Poncho and Lefty

Another song in the same general vein of truth telling is this other one written and sung by Bob Dylan.  It's called "Hurricane" and tells the story of the boxer Rubin "Hurricane Carter" who was falsely tried and convicted for murder.  This song was written at a time when there was still some semblance of justice in the United States...long gone now.  The song was credited for the eventual release and exoneration of Rubin Carter.

"Hurricane" Bob Dylan


Anonymous said...

Ahhhhhhhh great
Sing along day as it is Sunday
For me everyday is sing along day
It is better than listening to rhetoric that is designed to confuse
A game you always lose
That is code word to the Greencrow for the roadrunner cartoon
The coyote keeps chasing
The roadrunner keeps going with his smirk
He yelps
And now the tune to sing along with
How about those chicks with the hats??
Or the dork when the spotlight shines in her face
Some great lyrics in this tune*HzTv1paQdnierYp6fXvvZEsgXVcjIhBP9tgjal5n6zDPXKpf50FC6fpSKOWXaaK4rpL7b6PNpUvp%21pR8%21DfIbCQcf5OB7X3z&plvar=0

greencrow said...

I think this is the correct link to the video you wanted us to view. Hmmmm. It is simply "okay". I never heard of Triumph or the song before.

Anonymous said...

That always happens when I use bing
It is the correct link
For some reason?????????
It goes crazy
Triumph is a Canadian band
Rock of course
This was the only one I liked
There other hit was magic power
I am not sure of any more
This concert was in Canada
Maybe they only made it in Amerika
I am not sure they really made it big?????
Try this one
A great tune about the farmers from John Couger
I mean John Mellancamp
He changed his name
Dating Meg Ryan???
Off and on
She has aged badly
Plastic surgery???
The tune
Rain on the scarecrow
Blood on the plow

The Stark Raving Viking said...

Dylan certainly is a word man.

greencrow said...

Hi Stark Raving Viking

Bob Dylan lifted a lot of music from long forgotten traditional songs but, you're right, he did have a gift for creating poetry out of common American parlance. In "Hurricane" there is a lot of swearing, but it's never out of is always absolutely normal in context and is even raised to the level of poetry.

A few years after he wrote and sung this song, people say that Dylan "sold out". He stopped writing and singing protest songs. There is one last song he wrote and sung called "Things have Changed" where if you listen to the lyrics, he explains why he stopped protesting...

He was afraid of ending up like all the others of his time...assassinated.

Anonymous said...

I never cared for Dylan
He sounds like he is mumbling his lyrics
According to Wilkipedia
His origin is Hebrew
Maybe he got tired of confessing there crimes
Like Bill Maher
He always preaches what is going on but nuthin gets solved
I doubt his life wuz in dire threats
I think he got tired of being the spokeperson
By what you typed
I never followed the guy
I never listened to the guy
Oh wait
Stay lady stay????

For a brief time the station I listened to played this and I liked it
Now I say,why?????????
Here is part of the wilki page for Bob Zimmerman
Not to be confused with Andrew Zimmerman who gunned down a black In Florida with the stand your ground game for psychotics

Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman (Hebrew: שבתאי זיסל בן אברהם Shabtai Zisl ben Avraham)[1][5][6] in St. Mary's Hospital on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota,[7][8] and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota, on the Mesabi Range west of Lake Superior. Dylan's paternal grandparents, Zigman and Anna Zimmerman, emigrated from Odessa in the Russian Empire (now Ukraine) to the United States following the anti-Semitic pogroms of 1905.[9] His maternal grandparents, Ben and Florence Stone, were Lithuanian Jews who arrived in the United States in 1902.[9] In his autobiography, Chronicles: Volume One, Dylan wrote that his paternal grandmother's maiden name was Kirghiz and her family originated from the Kağızman district of Kars Province in northeastern Turkey.[10]

Dylan's father, Abram Zimmerman—an electric-appliance shop owner—and mother, Beatrice "Beatty" Stone, were part of a small, close-knit Jewish community.[11][12][13] They lived in Duluth until Dylan was six, when his father had polio and the family returned to his mother's hometown, Hibbing, where they lived for the rest of Dylan's childhood. In his early years he listened to the radio—first to blues and country stations from Shreveport, Louisiana, and later, when he was a teenager, to rock and roll.[14]

Dylan formed several bands while attending Hibbing High School. In the Golden Chords, he performed covers of songs by Little Richard[15] and Elvis Presley.[16] Their performance of Danny & the Juniors' "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay" at their high school talent show was so loud that the principal cut the microphone.[17] In 1959, Dylan's high school yearbook carried the caption "Robert Zimmerman: to join 'Little Richard'."[15][18] That year, as Elston Gunnn, he performed two dates with Bobby Vee, playing piano and clapping.[19][20][21] In September 1959, Dylan moved to Minneapolis and enrolled at the University of Minnesota.[22] His focus on rock and roll gave way to American folk music, as he explained in a 1985 interview:

The thing about rock'n'roll is that for me anyway it wasn't enough... There were great catch-phrases and driving pulse rhythms... but the songs weren't serious or didn't reflect life in a realistic way. I knew that when I got into folk music, it was more of a serious type of thing. The songs are filled with more despair, more sadness, more triumph, more faith in the supernatural, much deeper feelings.[23]

Living at the Jewish-centric fraternity Sigma Alpha Mu house, Dylan began to perform at the Ten O'Clock Scholar, a coffeehouse a few blocks from campus, and became involved in the Dinkytown folk music circuit.[24][25] During this period, he began introducing himself as "Bob Dylan."[26][a 1] In his memoir, he said he hit upon using this less common variant for Dillon—a surname he had considered adopting—when he unexpectedly saw poems by Dylan Thomas.[27] Explaining his change of name in a 2004 interview, he said, "You're born, you know, the wrong names, wrong parents. I mean, that happens. You call yourself what you want to call yourself. This is the land of the free."[28]