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Who is a Democratic Socialist?

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 4:03 PM

A Bernie-leaning family member just said to me: "Can't Bernie just be satisfied with "progressive"? I understand the semantics issue. I mean, it seems like just a year ago, the word "progressive"and even "liberal" were poison and best avoided if you seriously wanted to make it past Iowa.

So how do I convince my undecided, over-30 friends and family that "Democratic Socialism" may not be as scary or radical as it sounds? The only way I know: with a song. I did try my best "Schoolhouse Rocks" educational vibe.

Here she is:

Who is a democratic socialist?
If you don't know it, I would say it's most of us.
It's nothing to fear, just look in the mirror
You are a socialist too!

Are you for Social Security? "Certainly!
Are you for Medicare? "Glad it's there"
The schools and streets, the good cops on the beat
Don't forget the National Parks.

Who's not a democratic socialist?
Chairman Mao wasn't a democratic socialist
You won't be ordered to sing that Internationale song

Or wear black pajamas like the Viet Cong.

if you really think about it, it's not radical
You can still be filthy rich, not incompatible
There's plenty to spare, just throw in your share
Absolutely everyone deserves healthcare.

Who is a democratic socialist (most of us!)
Your granddad was a democratic socialist
The GI Bill, the WPA
Wonderful things made in the US of A.
You don't have to raise an angry clinched fist.
Although you might kinda look fierce if you did
You care about your fellow man, I know that you do:
You are a socialist, a democratic (in front of the) socialist, you are a socialist too.

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When They Say "We Want Our America Back", What The F#@k Do They Mean? (Audio)

(91) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 11:19 AM

I wrote this song at the Netroots shindig for The Freedom From Fear Awards -- "a new national award that honors 15 ordinary people who have committed extraordinary acts of courage on behalf of immigrants and refugees -- individuals who have taken a risk, set an example, and inspired others...

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Under the Bridge You'll Find Us Waiting, Under the Bridge We'll Sing a Song (Audio)

(50) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 8:37 PM

Jill: I had just heard from another (former working musician) friend that had recently been fired from their job and was having a hell of time finding another. They were at the end of their rope -- having to move back in with the parents. I joked that they had spent...

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"The Rapture" and "Good Life" -- Two Happy Songs About May 21

(57) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 12:43 PM

I have always been fascinated by the end-time believers. I envy their strong faith and certainty, as well as their flexibility when the believed date of doom passes without even a small locust infestation.

I wrote "The Rapture" after buying one of those Left Behind books at an airport bookstore...

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Step Inside the Studio With John Doe and Jill Sobule

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 3:30 PM

Jill: My pal John Doe (of X and Knitters fame, etc) and I have decided to share a band for a day to record separate EPs -- although we will hopefully play on each others' as well. What's even better is that we will do it all in front of...

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Ted Kennedy on My Cell Phone

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 2:12 PM

A few years ago, Ted Kennedy called and left a message on my cell phone. At first, I thought it was my friend Mark who thought he was good at celebrity impressions, but it really was Ted -- accent and all. He personally wanted to thank me for playing an...

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My "Feud" With Katy Perry

(69) Comments | Posted August 19, 2009 | 2:58 PM

"how DARE YOU. Calling Katy Perry a slut. srs. I'm so pissed at you right now. So are the rest of her fans. why did you do that?!"

"Hi gramma.. I mean Jill fuck face. You should probably get over yourself.. Your 1995 song. I kissed a girl is terrible"...

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My Funeral and Memorial Service

(24) Comments | Posted July 14, 2009 | 6:07 PM

After finally watching a few clips of the Michael Jackson memorial event, I thought about my own mortality and the fragility of life -- even if one doesn't take dangerous drugs that should only be administered by an anesthesiologist.

I realized that, not only do I need to write up...

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Murdoch and Me

(19) Comments | Posted May 27, 2009 | 1:23 PM

Last year, I was invited to play the All Things Digital conference. My opening act was... Rupert Murdoch -- how many female singer-songwriters can say that? Now as most people know, I am a bit of a lefty -- my record company is "Pinko Records", so it was somewhat disarming...

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A Valentine's Song and Small Story

(14) Comments | Posted February 14, 2009 | 10:01 AM

Valentine's Day in grade school was basically stressful, a pain in the ass, and ultimately traumatic. You would have to give a valentine to everyone in class -- it was mandatory -- but the card's size or fanciness you'd give to each person was your decision. Neither my mom nor...

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My First Anti-Gay Marriage Rally

(186) Comments | Posted October 27, 2008 | 9:16 PM

I was very inspired by the videos of the crowds at the Palin Rallies. I thought I would go to a pro Prop 8 rally (with camera) to see if I could capture some golden hateful nuggets of sound bite. I didn't want to appear confrontational, so I looked in...

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Give Me Credit

(63) Comments | Posted July 20, 2008 | 10:30 PM

I want to talk to you about an injustice. I know there are probably bigger problems facing our nation: gas prices, the mortgage crisis, the war, and... Andy Dick's arrest (for urinating in public and pulling down a girl's tank top). But there is one thing that has been bugging...

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Right is Wrong -- the Song

(10) Comments | Posted May 14, 2008 | 1:43 PM

At the time I was reading Arianna's new book, I was visiting my cousin (the lone Republican of the family) who made me listen to O'Reilly in the car -- as well as watch Glenn Beck on Headline News talking seriously to a guest about the "end times". So Arianna,...

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Song: "We are the Writers"

(4) Comments | Posted November 26, 2007 | 9:24 AM

Here is a song about the writers' strike. I wrote it with my friend -- and fellow Provocateur -- Michelle Lewis. I was trying to get serious union with it -- in the lower part of my vocal range and in E minor (the angriest of all keys). Also, I...

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A Thanksgiving Song: "One Turkey"

(7) Comments | Posted November 22, 2007 | 5:51 PM

I was asked to write a song about Thanksgiving. Not an easy task. It's not the most exciting holiday. It doesn't inspire like Halloween or Hanukkah.

I could write about the Pilgrims and the Indians, and how they really were buddy buddy for one big dinner that included canned yams...

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My Halloween Song: Women Whose Costume is Just that They're Slutty

(38) Comments | Posted October 31, 2007 | 3:58 PM

Here's the lyrics-remember I only had one day to write the song. But I meant every word of it. Oh, also check out my pal Eban who brought in his Theremin:

Halloween was my favorite holiday but in these last few...

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(14) Comments | Posted August 28, 2007 | 5:26 PM

This song originated back in 1998 as a response to the then Gov. Bush's unbeatable record on the death penalty. During his six years as Governor of Texas, he presided over 152 executions, including that of Karla Faye Tucker. If I remember correctly, the Pope, as well as Pat...

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Soy Bomb: The Musical?

(5) Comments | Posted January 18, 2007 | 1:52 PM

One of my favorite crazy right wing bloggers is Jim Rutz. His latest cause has been the danger of soy to our nation. It is the subject of his last five columns. He claims that soy has caused the feminization of our men folk and could be contributing to...

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Manhattan in January

(14) Comments | Posted January 5, 2007 | 10:37 AM

The golfers are out. The Cherry Trees are blossoming. And, is it true that it is going to be around 69ºF this Saturday? Well, here is my almost happy song about global warming.

Click here to play:

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The Rapture

(26) Comments | Posted November 3, 2006 | 7:41 PM

This song was written after an email conversation with an ex-gay minister. Last night, I sang it live at the Calvin Theatre, in North Hampton, in honor of...Pastor Ted Haggard.

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