Hollywood and History
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A School Teacher who taught history was having difficulty with his students in that they were not learning history, as per the board of education. So...to engage them more he wrote songs about historical events from American History as it was called then. The kids liked the songs, the parents liked the songs, so as they say he took it on the road. That's where I met him, I hired him to preform as one of the opening acts at the University(that had become my job as I had somehow become the publicity chairman of the student board (evidently smoking pot does mess with your memory). A remarkable man. He looked old as a tree stump despite him dying his hair pitch black. He had single-handedly saved the demise of the hammer dulcimer. Part of his show besides singing historically accurate songs was to introduce people to the instruments used in traditional American folk music (not to be confused with Bob Dylan), and as the people got to see the instruments used and featured in the songs that Jimmy had written they became...engaged. Today of course this song would not get past the school censors as it talks about the intervention of a supposed deity. Back then it did fly because people were more religious (or at least tried to pretend they were), and smarter, because they knew that the kids would eventually learn the "real" history. In the meantime, the songs would engage them with history because this way it would capture their attention and imagination. No one was afraid the kids would believe the mythological part of the stories were true, as they were already telling them at home that God had come down and given Moses the Ten Commandments. Plus, those same Ten Commandments (which aren't even all correct according to the history channel) were posted in every class room. I don't know if they learned their history better, but it is reported that the children were better behaved than the ones today, but that is all ancient history. (I had to write these from memory, but I think they are correct, more or less). Dale

The Giant on a Thunderhead - Jimmy Driftwood

A bunch of rebel soldiers were sitting ‘round one night
talking to some Yankees in a spot way out of sight,
snuck across the picket lines to have a little chat,
swapping their tobacco and a trading this and that.

While they were a talking, they looked a way up high,
and saw a giant a walking across the moonlit sky
he sat down on a pillow, it was a thunderhead,
look down on the soldiers, and this is what he said.

You Yankees and you Rebels, shake hands and then caress
you’ll never build a nation out of all this bloody mess.
You Yankees and you Rebels, shake hands and then caress
go and read your Bibles, and the Gettysburg address.

The boys went to they’re bedrolls afraid to talk out loud
about the mighty giant they saw upon a cloud,
next day two famous Generals met near an apple tree,
one of them was U. S. Grant, an one was Robert E. Lee.

And when they finished, and everybody knew,
the awful war was over they shouted halleloo,
and everybody wondered about the thunderhead,
did U. S. Grant and Robert E. Lee hear what the giant said.

You Yankees and you Rebels, shake hands and then caress
you’ll never build a nation out of all this bloody mess.
You Yankees and you Rebels, shake hands and then caress
go and read your Bibles, and the Gettysburg address.
How long after picking up the brush, the first masterpiece?

The goal is not to obfuscate that which is clear, but make clear that which isn't.
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Hollywood and History - by Carousal - 04-02-2014, 12:12 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by ChristopherSea - 04-03-2014, 08:31 PM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Carousal - 04-03-2014, 08:49 PM
RE: Hollywood and History - by justcloudy - 04-03-2014, 09:16 PM
RE: Hollywood and History - by milo - 04-03-2014, 10:21 PM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Wjames - 04-04-2014, 02:31 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Carousal - 04-08-2014, 07:24 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Leanne - 04-08-2014, 07:33 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by milo - 04-08-2014, 07:36 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Erthona - 04-08-2014, 03:41 PM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Leanne - 04-08-2014, 04:22 PM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Carousal - 04-08-2014, 11:05 PM
RE: Hollywood and History - by milo - 04-08-2014, 11:32 PM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Leanne - 04-09-2014, 04:21 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Erthona - 04-09-2014, 04:40 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by ChristopherSea - 04-09-2014, 04:56 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Erthona - 04-09-2014, 05:16 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by justcloudy - 04-09-2014, 07:08 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by milo - 04-09-2014, 07:12 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Carousal - 04-09-2014, 07:27 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by milo - 04-09-2014, 07:31 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Carousal - 04-09-2014, 08:03 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by milo - 04-09-2014, 08:06 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by ChristopherSea - 04-09-2014, 07:36 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by justcloudy - 04-09-2014, 07:41 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by milo - 04-09-2014, 07:47 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Leanne - 04-09-2014, 08:03 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Carousal - 04-09-2014, 08:11 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by milo - 04-09-2014, 08:12 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Leanne - 04-09-2014, 08:18 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Erthona - 04-09-2014, 12:53 PM
RE: Hollywood and History - by RSaba - 04-21-2014, 10:38 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Erthona - 04-21-2014, 11:02 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by RSaba - 04-21-2014, 11:35 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Erthona - 04-21-2014, 11:55 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by RSaba - 04-21-2014, 12:01 PM
RE: Hollywood and History - by rowens - 04-22-2014, 12:21 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Erthona - 04-22-2014, 01:51 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by RSaba - 04-22-2014, 06:23 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by rowens - 04-22-2014, 08:27 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Erthona - 04-22-2014, 07:43 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by RSaba - 04-22-2014, 08:08 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Erthona - 04-22-2014, 08:34 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by rowens - 04-22-2014, 08:39 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by RSaba - 04-22-2014, 09:42 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by Erthona - 04-22-2014, 10:48 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by RSaba - 04-22-2014, 10:49 AM
RE: Hollywood and History - by rowens - 04-23-2014, 07:21 AM



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