Steve Earle: Been called a traitor and a patriot

Bonehead that I am and so in agreement with the awesomely rowdy yet less than Dylan like chorus, I never even heard that the last line of the song pays tribute to Lenny Bruce, and yet how could it not? Here he dedicates an early version to Lenny. And to think the Dixie Chicks think that they got hassled.


I used to listen to the radio
And I don’t guess they’re listenin’ to me no more
They talk too much but that’s okay
I don’t understand a single word they say
Piss and moan about the immigrants
But don’t say nothin’ about the president
A democracy don’t work that way
I can say anything I wanna saySo fuck the FCC
Fuck the FBI
Fuck the CIA
Livin’ in the motherfuckin’ USA

People tell me that I’m paranoid
And I admit I’m gettin’ pretty nervous, boy
It just gets tougher everyday
To sit around and watch it while it slips away
Been called a traitor and a patriot
Call me anything you want to but
Just don’t forget your history
Dirty Lenny died so we could all be free

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