Friday, July 23, 2010

The cost

Yes, I've done this one before. It still brings tears to my eyes even today. Jason Isbell wrote this while he was with the Drive-By Truckers, but wasn't allowed to release it on an album until he went solo in 2007. "Dress Blues", off the album Sirens of the Ditch.

Some of the 60's types complain, "there aren't any good protest songs today!" But they're wrong. Today's protest songs aren't pyrotechnic. They aren't full of slogans. They just count the costs, and say, without saying, "is this really what we want to be doing? Is the cost worth it?"

- Badtux the Music Penguin


  1. Thanks, Tux. I just wish there was a way we could make more folks really pay attention to the costs.

  2. Not catchy enough to sing in the shower, or chant at a protest march! That's what America needs as an anti-war song. And "Sam Stone" from the afforementioned Prine album was better. (Although it took a while longer for the veteran to die...)


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