“The People’s Folksinger” (for Phil Ochs)

A eulogistic folk song about Phil Ochs, written shortly after his death in 1976.

(lyrics)

Up there on the stage they’re singing your songs

Yet something seems strange and something seems wrong

At events like this, You were always there

For you were the People’s Folksinger.

You quit writing news and grasped the guitar

You composed many tunes and sang in the bars

The truth you exposed Just like Woody’s heir

For you were the People’s Folksinger.

Through long years of war, your poems said it all

Despite gaining fame, you still served the cause

The tyrants that rule, Your voice brought them fear

For you were the People’s Folksinger.

They sent their police to keep you in line

Their radio sounds excluded your mind

You felt more sad, And created no more

But you were the People’s Folksinger.

I wish you still lived in these changing times

I wish you were here to sing of new crimes

Your memory, New songs inspires

For you were the People’s Folksinger.

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