Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of Hollis Brown” interpreted by Nina Simone & Rise Against

Ballad Of Hollis Brown
by Bob Dylan (1963)

Hollis Brown
He lived on the outside of town (2x)
With his wife and five children
And his cabin fallin’ down

You looked for work and money
And you walked a rugged mile (2x)
Your children are so hungry
That they don’t know how to smile

Your baby’s eyes look crazy
They’re a-tuggin’ at your sleeve (2x)
You walk the floor and wonder why
With every breath you breathe

The rats have got your flour
Bad blood it got your mare (2x)
If there’s anyone that knows,
Is there anyone that cares?

You prayed to the Lord above
Oh please send you a friend (2x)
Your empty pockets tell you
That you ain’t got no friend

Your babies are crying louder
It’s pounding on your brain (2x)
Your wife’s screams are stabbin’ you
Like the dirty drivin’ rain

Your grass it is turning black
There’s no water in your well (2x)
You spent your last lone dollar
On seven shotgun shells

Way out in the wilderness
A cold coyote calls (2x)
Your eyes fix on the shotgun
That’s hangin’ on the wall

Your brain is a-bleedin’
And your legs can’t seem to stand (2x)
Your eyes fix on the shotgun
That you’re holdin’ in your hand

There’s seven breezes a-blowin’
All around the cabin door (2x)
Seven shots ring out
Like the ocean’s pounding roar.

There’s seven people dead
On a South Dakota farm (2x)
Somewhere in the distance
There’s seven new people born.

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Nina Simone Live at Montreux (2 hours of material from 1976, 1987 and 1990…)

WOMEN singing the BLUES: a mixtape to honour the birthday of Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970)

The phenomenal human-hurricane Janis Joplin was born 71 years ago, and as a tribute to her music here’s a mixtape that starts with her awesome song “Try (Just a Little Bit Harder”. In this digital music-box shared above, Janis is joined with lots of great female voices singing the blues: Bessie Smith, “After You’ve Gone”; Big Mama Thornton, “Willie Mae’s Trouble”; Nina Simone, “I Wish I Knew How It Felt to be Free”; Susan Tedeschi, “It Hurt So Bad”; Aretha Franklin, “The Thrill is Gone”; Beth Gibbons of Portishead, “Numb”; Eleni Mandell, “Moonglow, Lamp Low”; Lisa Germano, “Red Thread”; and Os Mutantes (With Rita Lee), “Meu Refrigerador Não Funciona”. Enjoy the ride! And trip on with some of Janis’ classics:

12 Songs that shout “FREEDOM!”…

…and if you ask me: that’s a great word to shout, Dude!

On our menu:

01) Jimi Hendrix;

02) John Lennon;

03) Neil Young;

04) Richie Havens;

05) Bob Marley;

06) Ben Harper;

07) Funkadelic;

08) MC5;

09) The DT’s;

10) Rage Against the Machine;

11) Charles Mingus;

12) Nina Simone.

Pump up the volume…
and enjoy the ride!

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cecilia

“Freedom is a word nourished by the human dream:
there is no one who can explain it
and no one who doesn’t understand it.”

(Cecilia Meireles,  1901-1964, brazilian poet)