I cried on September 11th
Tear ran down my spine
Like I cry for each murdered Iraqi
As though I've lost a neighbor of mine
But Afghanistan got what was coming
It was the right thing to do at the time
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

And I go to the anti-war rallies
Curse George and the whole G.O.P.
And I can't get enough of Obama
Oh his message of change speaks to me
But sure Nader's right about most thing
But he cost Gore that election, you see
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

And I bristled with rage through Katrina
The response made me sick to my heart
I'm sure FEMA would've come running
Had it flooded rich whites in Cape Cod
But don't talk about revolution
Cause that's going just a little bit too far
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

Yes I vote for the Democratic Party
I figure soon enough they'll come along
And I attended those vote for change concert
And they sure got me singing those songs
And I'm bothered about corporate government
But I do want our brand to trade strong
So love me, love me, love me I'm a liberal

Yes I read the New Yorker and Nation
And I've learned to take every view
And I idolized Franken and Stewart
Hell I feel like I'm almost a Jew
But when it comes down to globalized markets
Well there's no one more red, white, and blue
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

And sure once I was young and impulsive
I wore every conceivable pin
Even went to some socialist meetings
Yeah I learned all the old union hymns
But oh I've grown older and wiser
and that's why I'm turning you in
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal.


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  • +1
    General CommentIt's definitely based on the Phil Ochs song. I've found that a lot of people aren't catching on to the sarcastic message here. Kevin Devine is opposed to the two big political parties and realizes that true democracy will not be obtained as long as these corporate politicians are in office. The song is directed to those "liberals" who feel like they are fighting a good fight, even though they just do what is convenient and trendy, while often being extremely uneducated.
    foreversendon August 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is great. I think it's based on this song: cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/ochs-phil/…
    but the lyrics are changed to talk about modern politics.
    fivergirlon August 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlso, the lyrics should read "Franken and Stewart", as in Al Franken, the political commentator.
    foreversendon September 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is definitely based on Phil Ochs' song of the same name. Foreversend is right on the money.

    I can't help but laugh a little when I hear this song. I played No Time Flat in the car once with my dad- who happens to be a huge Phil Ochs fan- and we agreed No Time Flat was something along the lines of what Ochs might play if he was still around. Go figure that this comes out, haha.
    pretorbenon September 15, 2008   Link

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