Song of the Week: “Woody Guthrie” by Alabama 3

by Douglas Cowie on 15 December 2017

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Woody Guthrie” by Alabama 3:

Basically, as a means of marking the election of Doug Jones to the United States Senate this week, or if you’d rather look at it another way, as a means of marking the defeat of Roy Moore in the Alabama election for the United States Senate this week, or if you’d rather look at it a different way, as a means of marking an election result that stands as a defeat of pedophilia, racism and homophobia by black women, black men, and young people, I thought I’d post a song by the London electro-country-whatever group Alabama 3, who really don’t have anything to do with Alabama, and I decided on this one.  I’d planned to choose an Aretha Franklin song, probably “Respect”, and talk about race and music and Muscle Shoals, but it turns out I’d posted “Respect” by Aretha Franklin last year. The important thing here is Doug Jones won, Roy Moore lost, and there’s a glimmer of light in the American political landscape. Dance a little jig to “Woody Guthrie” and then back to work on creating further glimmers.

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