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Julian Hair
Folk song about the incarceration of Julian Assange; Wylie Robbins Thorne-Thomsen on mandolin
Acoustic - Folk
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Tom Neilson
Tom Neilson 2022
August 23, 2022
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MP3 10.3 MB  •  320 kbps  •  4:31
Story behind the song
Julian Assange was arrested in April 2019 and sent to Belmarsh Prison. At Belmarsh, he is kept under tortuous conditions. I started letting my hair grow as a sign of solidarity with him, hence the CD title. Chris Hedges writes that “Assange committed empire’s greatest sin. He exposed it as a criminal enterprise. He documented its lies, callous disregard for human life, rampant corruption and innumerable war crimes.”
Lyrics
What I learned as a beginner is not be late for dinner; Cause if you get there late; the food is cold and maybe ate And it’s later than you think; may not be nothin left to drink And not a place at the table; so show up if you’re able. I became a story spinner, but now my hair is getting thinner; So I thought I’d let it grow until they let him go He’s doing time because he dropped a dime; Truth tellin is a crime when the state you undermine It was Julian who blew, a whistle maybe two, He had to 23 skidoo, truth-telling is taboo But you know the Feds were lyin, too many people dyin; & he wouldn’t be a shill when they went over there to kill; He did what journalists should do; he brought the news to you; With good documentation; White House incrimination He documented lies of the criminal enterprise; And truth gets in the way of the profiteering play An attack on journalism; to create a cataclysm; And Julian they knew, had told a truth or two The cat’s out of the bag; the truth was steppin on the flag But they owned all the judges to deal with all their grudges Kidnap, assassinate; said the CIA and State Obama, Biden, HRC; and Pompeo all agree They torture him in prison; That’s how they discipline him; There’s no excuse for tyrannical abuse, A form of execution, the ultimate solution What I learned as a beginner is not to be late for dinner
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