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Phil Ochs

Data de nascimento: 19. Dezembro 1940
Data de falecimento: 9. Abril 1976

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Philip David Ochs era um cantor e compositor norte-americano. Escreveu centenas de canções nas década de 1960 e lançou oito álbuns em sua vida.

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Citações Phil Ochs

„Step outside the guidelines of the official umpires and make your own rules and your own reality.“

—  Phil Ochs
Context: [The Yippie demonstrations] were merely an attack of mental disobedience on an obediently insane society... and if you feel you have been living in an unreal world for the last couple of years, it is particularly because this power structure has refused to listen to reason... Step outside the guidelines of the official umpires and make your own rules and your own reality. As quoted in An American Ordeal: The Antiwar Movement of the Vietnam Period (1990) by Charles DeBenedetti, p. 223

„I know you're set for fighting, but what are you fighting for?“

—  Phil Ochs
Context: Oh you tell me that there's danger to the land you call your own And you watch them build the war machine right beside your home And you tell me that you're ready to go marchin' to the war I know you're set for fighting, but what are you fighting for? Are You Fighting For" http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs/lyrics/what-are-you-fighting-for.html"What from Songs for Broadside (1976)

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„There but for fortune, go you or I.“

—  Phil Ochs
Context: Show me a prison, show me a jail Show me a pris'ner whose face has grown pale And I'll show you a young man With many reasons why There but for fortune, go you or I. "There but for Fortune" (1963); Ochs here paraphrases a proverbial expression "There, but for the grace of God, go I", which was itself a paraphrase of John Bradford's expression on seeing other prisoners being led to their execution as heretics to be burned at the stake: There, but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford. (as quoted in Problems in the Relations of God and Man (1911) by Clement Charles Julian Webb, p. 107)

„I for one don't even believe that he's president.“

—  Phil Ochs
Context: I for one don't even believe that he's president. In order to have a president you need to have an election, in order to have an election you have to have a choice, and if you remember back to the primaries there were people running against the war, Kennedy and McCarthy. They often got 85 to 90% of the votes, but when it came time for the parties, that was totally ignored, so in point of fact, there really was no election. For a man who's always wanted to be president, and now that he's president, he's not even president. Speech about Richard Nixon before playing "Ten Cents A Coup" on the Greatest Hits album (February 1970)

„Before the days of television and mass media, the folksinger was often a traveling newspaper spreading tales through music.“

—  Phil Ochs
Context: Before the days of television and mass media, the folksinger was often a traveling newspaper spreading tales through music. There is an urgent need for Americans to look deeply into themselves and their actions, and musical poetry is perhaps the most effective mirror available. Every newspaper headline is a potential song. Introduction to "(The Marines Have Landed on the Shores of) Santo Domingo," Phil Ochs in Concert (1966)

„And a rich man never died upon the chair“

—  Phil Ochs
Context: In the courtroom, watch the balance of the scales If the price is right, there's time for more appeals The strings are pulled, the switch is stayed The finest lawyers fees are paid And a rich man never died upon the chair Iron Lady" http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs/lyrics/iron-lady.html"The from I Ain't Marching Anymore (1965)

„Show me a prison, show me a jail
Show me a pris'ner whose face has grown pale“

—  Phil Ochs
Context: Show me a prison, show me a jail Show me a pris'ner whose face has grown pale And I'll show you a young man With many reasons why There but for fortune, go you or I. "There but for Fortune" (1963); Ochs here paraphrases a proverbial expression "There, but for the grace of God, go I", which was itself a paraphrase of John Bradford's expression on seeing other prisoners being led to their execution as heretics to be burned at the stake: There, but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford. (as quoted in Problems in the Relations of God and Man (1911) by Clement Charles Julian Webb, p. 107)

„Now they sing out his praises on every distant shore
But so few remember what he was fightin' for“

—  Phil Ochs
Context: Now they sing out his praises on every distant shore But so few remember what he was fightin' for Oh why sing the songs and forget about the aim? He wrote them for a reason, why not sing them for the same? "Bound For Glory" http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs/lyrics/bound-for-glory.html from All the News That's Fit to Sing (1964)

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„Images of innocence charge him go on
But the decadence of destiny is looking for a pawn“

—  Phil Ochs
Context: Images of innocence charge him go on But the decadence of destiny is looking for a pawn To a nightmare of knowledge he opens up the gate And a blinding revelation is laid upon his plate That beneath the greatest love is a hurricane of hate And God help the critic of the dawn. "Crucifixion"

„In every American community there are varying shades of political opinion.“

—  Phil Ochs
Context: In every American community there are varying shades of political opinion. One of the shadiest of these is the liberals. An outspoken group on many subjects. Ten degrees to the left of center in good times. Ten degrees to the right of center if it affects them personally. Here, then, is a lesson in safe logic. Introduction to "Love Me, I'm a Liberal" on Phil Ochs in Concert (1966)

„And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends.“

—  Phil Ochs
Context: Look outside the window, there's a woman being grabbed They've dragged her to the bushes and now she's being stabbed Maybe we should call the cops and try to stop the pain But Monopoly is so much fun, I'd hate to blow the game And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody Outside of a small circle of friends. "Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends" http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs/lyrics/small-circle-of-friends.html

„Chosen for a challenge that is hopelessly hard
And the only single sound is the sighing of the stars
But to the silence and distance they are sworn.“

—  Phil Ochs
Context: In the green fields a turnin', a baby is born His cries crease the wind and mingle with the morn An assault upon the order, the changing of the guard Chosen for a challenge that is hopelessly hard And the only single sound is the sighing of the stars But to the silence and distance they are sworn. "Crucifixion" http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs/lyrics/crucifixion.html

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„Look outside the window, there's a woman being grabbed
They've dragged her to the bushes and now she's being stabbed“

—  Phil Ochs
Context: Look outside the window, there's a woman being grabbed They've dragged her to the bushes and now she's being stabbed Maybe we should call the cops and try to stop the pain But Monopoly is so much fun, I'd hate to blow the game And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody Outside of a small circle of friends. "Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends" http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs/lyrics/small-circle-of-friends.html

„Show me a country where the bombs had to fall
Show me the ruins of buildings so tall“

—  Phil Ochs
Context: Show me a country where the bombs had to fall Show me the ruins of buildings so tall And I'll show you a young land With many reasons why There but for fortune, go you or I You or I. "There but for Fortune" (1963)

„And God help the critic of the dawn.“

—  Phil Ochs
Context: Images of innocence charge him go on But the decadence of destiny is looking for a pawn To a nightmare of knowledge he opens up the gate And a blinding revelation is laid upon his plate That beneath the greatest love is a hurricane of hate And God help the critic of the dawn. "Crucifixion"

„The idea of Yippie was to be a form of theater politics“

—  Phil Ochs
Context: MR. KUNSTLER: Now, Mr. Ochs, have you ever been associated with what is called the Youth International Party, or, as we will say, the Yippies? THE WITNESS: Yes. I helped design the party, formulate the idea of what Yippie was going to be, in the early part of 1968. MR. KUNSTLER: Can you indicate to the Court and jury what Yippie was going to be, what its purpose was for its formation? THE WITNESS: The idea of Yippie was to be a form of theater politics, theatrically dealing with what seemed to be an increasingly absurd world and trying to deal with it in other than just on a straight moral level. They wanted to be able to act out fantasies in the street to communicate their feelings to the public. Testimony at the Chicago Seven trial (11 December 1969)

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