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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

President Trump's Walk Off Song: Neil Young's "Rockin in the Free World"

Donald Trump - Neil Young

Minutes ago, President Trump's walk off song at event in Georgia at UPS HQ was Neil Young's "Rockin in the Free World" (see clip below @ 00:50).

In the ongoing contretemps and escalating between Neil Young and U.S. President Donald Trump, Neil has posted an open letter to President Trump on Neil Young Archives.

A Letter To President Trump
via Neil Young Archives
(See coverage @ Neil Young's Open Letter To President Trump)

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At 7/16/2020 06:39:00 AM, Blogger Jonathan said...

tee hee hee

God bless President Trump

At 7/16/2020 09:34:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Jonathan, you're a very brave man in the rustie world. This platform is open to expand on your thoughts here.

Why? Most Neil fans despise Trump. Likewise, most Trump fans despise Neil.

In what universe does this happen? What possible reason is there to upset 80%+ of electorate?

It makes no sense.

At 7/16/2020 09:55:00 AM, Blogger Julia said...

Trump makes no sense. But come November and the good sense of Americans his four year reign of lies and deception, ignorance and corruption will hopefully be over.

Let's impeach the president for hijacking
Our religion and using it to get elected
Dividing our country into colors
And still leaving black people neglected

At 7/16/2020 11:54:00 AM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Thrasher - I am not sure what 80% stat you are referring to...Trump playing Neil's songs pisses off 80% of the electorate? Come on...

At 7/16/2020 12:04:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

And I doubt you are really interested in why I support the President...I have many reasons both personal & as a patriot who loves the United States - despite its many flaws.

The concept of limited government has passed us by now for sure...true freedom is an illusion in America now.

I'd like to be left alone to live my life & raise my kids...I am a stoner to the core...I believe in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ...I love Neil Young & enjoy playing guitar...I am a contradiction I guess...

Oh and I am a Caucasian - very important to mention that now since everything is about skin color...MLK's message has been tossed aside by a particular political party who sees only skin color now and sexual orientation...have to check those woke boxes

Trump is a mess to be sure...but so am I & so is everyone...the American media is thoroughly corrupt & Neil sure touched on that in Greendale...I'd like to know what Trump has done to piss everyone off besides being a Republican & winning the Presidency (spare me the racism accusation)

I reject

Neil is a am I sometimes

At 7/16/2020 01:00:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

@Jonathan, You do you, and while I respect your desire to be left alone, skin color has always mattered tremendously in the US and many other places. That's why leaders like MLK were important and necessary. It's not a PC invention and racism doesn't go away because you don't want to hear about it, and I do have to object to the classic conservative rhetorical strategy of namedropping Dr. King to try to gain street cred while simultaneously downplaying the continued fallout of racism in America.

That being said, although I too can be a hypocrite and react impulsively, I hope and strive for more constructive solutions. It's your choice not to be invested or involved in such progressive conversations and projects. You and I both wield freedom of expression, and while you're certainly welcome to stay and partake in discourse, I'd respectfully suggest one can always change the channel if you're not feeling the message. Sincerely, it is sometimes healthiest to distance oneself--at least temporarily--from thorny conversations, even if only to reevaluate one's position and come back fresh and in good faith.

I'm disinclined to draw up a laundry list of my issues with Trump and the current US administration. I don't see it being constructive, and to be honest, I'm not convinced that someone who doesn't already understand where the opposition is coming from (whether they agree with it or not) is likely to be in a truly receptive mindset. However, I will say that I see plenty of "group think" among Trump voters. As humans are social beings, it's a condition from which none of us are truly immune, regardless of political leanings.

I'm no Marxist in any classical or conventional sense--I've made clear, in previous posts, my suspicion of grand, overarching narratives, be they political, religious, or some grotesque amalgam of the two--and I'd only accept the label of "socialist" (for myself or anyone) with a lot of specific, careful qualifications. Otherwise, it looks to me like a scare words whose actual meaning(s) have been diluted to catalyze via fear the group thinking of which you speak. And for those out there looking for a boogeyman, it ain't me, babe.

At 7/16/2020 02:08:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Julia - come November, they'll remember.

@ Jonathan - to clarify on Trump playing Neil's songs pisses off 80% of the electorate.

just spit balling here, but roughly 40% of electorate is anti-trump, say.
and roughly 40% of electorate is pro-trump.

and it seems that the pro-trump folks are pretty anti-Neil from what we see.
and it seems that the pro-Neil folks are pretty anti-trump from what we see.

so if you combine the 2 groups of anti-trumpers & pro-neilers (i,e. Democrats) you get the 80% of electorate being annoyed by Trump using Neil's music. We mean from what we see this a real shit show whenever this comes up on Twitter. of course, it's all pretty unrepresentative, but the battle lines seem pretty hardened.

IOW, we don'y see anyone saying this is great except those who are Pro-Trump & Pro-Neil. You Jonathan are a very unique demographic.

anyways, #'s add up to nothin'

and it all genuine sincerity here, we've had our differences over the years for sure. So we truly do appreciate your returning and dialoging here.

true freedom has been an illusion in America for a very long time for so many.

regarding hypocrisy, it happens but we try, also.

"And I try to wash my hands
And I try to make amends
And I try to count my friends"

Guess what the 1st concert performance of this song was?
2007-11-15, DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C., USA

remember that? we sat in the row behind you. it's been awhile hasn't it?


@ Meta Rocker - thanks as always for the respectful measured words in these times.

it is these exchanges which give us hope that we can all together get through this and break on thru to other side ...

#BeTheRain, #BigShift, #disCERNment, #MayTheHorseBeWithYou, #NoFear, #WT1sWBW4


At 7/16/2020 04:51:00 PM, Blogger Mister Henry said...

“Partisanship can now be thought of as a mega-identity, with all the psychological and behavioral magnifications that implies.”
― Ezra Klein, Why We're Polarized

At 7/16/2020 07:46:00 PM, Blogger Fort Mac said...

So very interesting ! Reminded of an old expression ...comeuppance.
How fitting is it ... that Neil Young and his Lintvolt are now banished from Canada ... the True North Strong and Free .
A proud American citizen now , not allowed to return to his birthplace ... it's karma man !
Neil ... enjoy yer Americana Trumpland ... we will paddle clear waters feeling grateful to live in Canada .
The folks up here in Fort Mac watch as yer new homeland circles the drain .
Too bad Lintvolt is but a pipe dream for rich Rock Stars ...working folk ... everyday Canadians live on . I figure yer assault rifes ain't shootin ya out of this one Eh ?
Four Strong winds !

At 7/16/2020 09:25:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

For anyone who may be listening or reading out there, trying to find ways to move forward with hope, compassion, and courage in our painfully conflicted society and polarizing times:

"Sometimes, the truth's like a hare in the cornfield:
You know that it's there but you can't put your arms 'round it.
All we can hope for its to follow its footprints."
~Pete Seeger/Tommy Sands.

This conversation reminds me of Sands, an Irish folk singer not to be confused with the old American crooner of the same name, because he, hailing from Northern Ireland, could teach some people a thing or two about surviving--and even helping to make things a bit better--while living in a community riddled with perennial, violent conflict. Folks in the US may not be terribly familiar with the Irish Troubles, but if people think things are rough in America currently, I wonder how they'd manage with the IRA and UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force, a UK unionist paramilitary organization) exchanging fire in their backyards over the course of generations?

Just my two cents, but we need to look to folks like Tommy Sands, who have experience with pursuing peaceful conflict resolution while living in fragile, volatile environments, if we are to find any way out of our own messes. As a young, disillusioned Irishman burning to see a united, free Ireland, Sands considered joining the IRA. Instead, he channeled his experiences into the song "All the Little Children":

Subsequently, he's become a dynamic but overlooked figure in the folk music community, with links to the likes of Pete Seeger (see above), Springsteen, and Baez. And he's been a constant voice for peace and equality on the long road to progress in Northern Ireland, notably leading a group of schoolkids to serenade parliamentary leaders during the negotiations that brought about the landmark Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

I have no links to the man, except as an admirer of his work and enthusiast of Irish and Celtic music generally, but fwiw, I'd like more people to hear his voice, and his memoir "The Irish Song Man" is a recommended and insightful read on themes to which I've been alluding. You should be able to find Tommy's web presence fairly easily, as he gets around for a fellow of his age (same age as Neil).

Yet just as there's a time for bringing everyone together in harmony and healing, there's a time for speaking challenging and painful truths. In that spirit, I'll leave you with one more song, particularly offered for the clear-eyed, soulful consideration of some of our leaders. Full lyrics at

"Is it hunger for power that's blinding your sights?
Do you block out the stars, do you tear up the stripes?
Each time you deny your proud freedoms and rights,
Who is betraying America?
It's time for asking why.

I dream that America still has a dream
When empires will pass and children will sing
Of Seeger and Guthrie and good Martin King
A song of peace to all nations
God bless America muster her power
To care for her sick to look after her poor
Bring peace to her children not send them to war
And never be fearful to question."
~Tommy Sands

Om shanti.

~Through the keyhole in an open door.


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