Monday, July 27, 2015 at 3:49 PM

The U.S. Blues

One of my favorite Dead songs is U.S. Blues.

Not only is it a catchy tune with eye-moistening patriotic lyrics, it was written at a time when reactionaries in the US were trying to take ownership of patriotism.

Wave that flag, wave it high and wide!

Did the hippies say OK you can have the country oh hard hat war lovers?

I'm Uncle Sam that's who I am, been hidin out, in a rock and roll band!

Hah of course, that's exactly where Uncle Sam would be.

So when you see something you love, something important to you, get usurped by forces of hate and war, what you do is you love it right back into your arms.

Summertime done come and gone...

My oh my!

Last built: Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 9:04 AM

By Dave Winer, Monday, July 27, 2015 at 3:49 PM. So, it has come to this.