Wednesday, June 20, 2007

REMEMBER WHEN

Remember when television dared to poke a stick in the eye of the powers that be? In spite of network attempts at censorship. Remember what helped get the Smothers Brothers cancelled? Now? It's enough to make you very, very angry.

Of course this was before the fragmentation of the communications industry that allows some of us to float through without ever hearing something we disagree with or God/dess forbid encourages us to use our brains for something besides keeping our skulls from collapsing. Who needs a censor when the protests can't be heard above the din of the empty headed competition.

Waist Deep In The Big Muddy

by Pete Seeger 1963, planned for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1967 but CBS objected to the blacklisted Seeger making obvious references to the"big fool" in the White House, finally sung by Seeger on the Comedy Hour in 1968 as the finale in a medley of anti-war songs

It was back in nineteen forty-two,
I was a member of a good platoon.
We were on maneuvers in-a Loozianna,
One night by the light of the moon.
The captain told us to ford a river,
That's how it all begun.
We were -- knee deep in the Big Muddy,
But the big fool said to push on.

The Sergeant said, "Sir, are you sure,
This is the best way back to the base?"
"Sergeant, go on! I forded this river
'Bout a mile above this place.
It'll be a little soggy but just keep slogging.
We'll soon be on dry ground."
We were -- waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool said to push on.

The Sergeant said, "Sir, with all this equipment
No man will be able to swim."
"Sergeant, don't be a Nervous Nellie,"
The Captain said to him.
"All we need is a little determination;
Men, follow me, I'll lead on."
We were -- neck deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool said to push on.

All at once, the moon clouded over,
We heard a gurgling cry.
A few seconds later, the captain's helmet
Was all that floated by.
The Sergeant said, "Turn around men!
I'm in charge from now on."
And we just made it out of the Big Muddy
With the captain dead and gone.

We stripped and dived and found his body
Stuck in the old quicksand.
I guess he didn't know that the water was deeper
Than the place he'd once before been.
Another stream had joined the Big Muddy
'Bout a half mile from where we'd gone.
We were lucky to escape from the Big Muddy
When the big fool said to push on.

Well, I'm not going to point any moral;
I'll leave that for yourself
Maybe you're still walking, you're still talking
You'd like to keep your health.
But every time I read the papers
That old feeling comes on;
We're -- waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool says to push on.

Waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool says to push on.
Waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool says to push on.
Waist deep! Neck deep! Soon even a
Tall man'll be over his head, we're
Waist deep in the Big Muddy!
And the big fool says to push on!

Words and music by Pete Seeger (1967)
TRO (c) 1967 Melody Trails, Inc. New York, NY

4 comments:

tenyearnap said...

Gotta love Pete! And Tommy & Dick, too.
Yep, time to unplug the plug-in-drug. If it wasn't for the various history/wildlife/sci-fi channels, there'd be no reason to turn on the boob box these days. --Cin

toonguykc said...

And people think the media is "left-wing"!  Huh?  All the networks are owned by big corporations who line the pockets of republiCON politicians.  

grrrr

Russ

hestiahomeschool said...

Great song!  I loved the Smothers Brothers. My parents had some of their albums, too/

mlraminiak said...

I'm afraid we're a tad more than waist deep, this time around...   Glub! Lisa  :-]