an excerpt from the liner notes of Steve Earle's
new record due out August 24th on Artemis Records.
It's called "The Revolution Starts...Now."
You can find this CD with
links to music clips on topplebush.com.
word "immediate" best describes the
atmosphere around the studio as this record was
being made in the late spring of 2004. The prisoner
abuse scandal had just broken and the Bush administration,
still reeling from the 9/11 commission hearings,
was circling the wagons. The Democrats, for their
part, were carefully (sometimes, in my opinion,
too carefully) trying to sort out how best to
press the advantage. Meanwhile, back here in Tennessee,
me and my boys had a deadline to meet.
most important presidential election of our lifetime
was less than seven months away and we desperately
wanted to weigh in, both as artists and as citizens
of a democracy. All but two of these songs were
recorded within 24 hours of the first line hitting
the paper. We worked 12- and 14-hour days and
in between takes and over meals we talked about
the war, the election, baseball, and women, in
precisely that order.
I am getting old.
is hard work. American democracy requires constant
vigilance to survive and nothing short of total
engagement to flourish. Voting is vital, but in
times like these voting alone simply isn't enough.
By the time some of you hear these songs the election
will be over. Then the real struggle begins.
the dust clears and the votes are all counted
(we're watchin' YOU, Jeb) it will be up to all
of us Democrats, Republicans, Greens, and independents
alike to hold whomever is left standing accountable
for their actions on our behalf every single day
that they are in power. The day after the election,
regardless of the outcome, the war will go on,
outsourcing of our jobs will continue, and over
a third of our citizens will have no health care
I said, it's hard work and there's so much to
be done. And there always will be.
Constitution of The United States of America is
a REVOLUTIONARY document in every sense of the
word. It was designed to evolve, to live, and
to breathe like the people that it governs. It
is, ingeniously, and perhaps conversely, resilient
enough to change with the times in order to meet
the challenges of its third century and rigid
enough to preserve the ideals that inspired its
original articles and amendments. As long as we
are willing to put in the work required to defend
and nurture this remarkable invention of our forefathers,
then I believe with all my heart that it will
continue to thrive for generations to come. Without
our active participation, however, the future
is far from certain. For without the lifeblood
of the human spirit even the greatest documents
produced by humankind are only words on paper
or parchment, destined to yellow and crack and
eventually crumble to dust.
for the motherf***in' revolution,
more information about Steve's new record, and
to become involved with Steve's revolution, click
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Thanks for your help.
Posted: August 17, 2004