Happy Independence Day! – Compared to What?

Dee Dee Bridgewater’s version of the Les McCann and Eddie Harris classic, from 2007.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdOt3bysiLE
 
Here is a nice stereo version of the original Montreux Jazz Festival  session:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hL8GwidZcg
 
& here is a video of the session, monaural sound:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzvlivbptXk

The song was recorded in 1969 by pianist Les McCann and saxophonist Eddie Harris for their album, Swiss Movement, recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

I love the lie and lie the love
A-Hangin’ on, with push and shove
Possession is the motivation
that is hangin’ up the God-damn nation
Looks like we always end up in a rut (everybody now!)
Tryin’ to make it real — compared to what? C’mon baby!

Slaughterhouse is killin’ hogs
Twisted children killin’ frogs
Poor dumb rednecks rollin’ logs
Tired old lady kissin’ dogs
I hate the human love of that stinking mutt (I can’t use it!)
Try to make it real — compared to what? C’mon baby now!

The President, he’s got his war
Folks don’t know just what it’s for
Nobody gives us rhyme or reason
Have one doubt, they call it treason
We’re chicken-feathers, all without one nut. God damn it!
Tryin’ to make it real — compared to what? (Sock it to me)

Church on Sunday, sleep and nod
Tryin’ to duck the wrath of God
Preacher’s fillin’ us with fright
They all tryin’ to teach us what they think is right
They really got to be some kind of nut (I can’t use it!)
Tryin’ to make it real — compared to what?

Where’s that bee and where’s that honey?
Where’s my God and where’s my money?
Unreal values, crass distortion
Unwed mothers need abortion
Kind of brings to mind ol’ young King Tut (He did it now)
Tried to make it real — compared to what?!

(Music break)

Tryin’ to make it real — compared to what?

(spoken)
Donald Dean, Leroy Vinnegar, Benny Bailey, Eddie Harris

The song was written by Gene McDaniels, from wikipedia:

“McDaniels grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and went on to have six Top 40 hits in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The two that went into the Top 5 were 1961’s “Tower of Strength” (#5 on the pop chart) and “A Hundred Pounds of Clay,” which reached #3 on the pop chart, and sold over one million records, earning gold disc status.[1] “Tower of Strength” reached #49 in the UK Singles Chart, losing out to Frankie Vaughan‘s chart-topping version.[2]

“In the late 1960s, McDaniels turned his attention to a more black consciousness form, and his best-known song in this genre was “Compared to What,” a jazzsoul protest song made famous (and into a hit) by Les McCann and Eddie Harris on their album, Swiss Movement, and also covered by Roberta Flack. McDaniels also attained the top spot on the chart as a songwriter. In 1974, Roberta Flack reached #1 with McDaniels’ “Feel Like Makin’ Love.” This won a Grammy award and McDaniels also received a BMI award for outstanding radio airplay, at the time of the award the song had already had over 5 million plays. (This is not to be confused with the Bad Company song of the same name.)”

 
have a peaceful day,
Bill
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