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Friday, May 26, 2006

Support Your Local Political (& Global) Dixie Chicks






Natalie Maines is from Lubbock, Texas (birthplace of that rock-n-roll genius, Buddy Holly) and it is pretty much the same neck of the woods in West Texas as Midland, TX (the adopted oil-field home of Shrub, aka G.W. Bush), although the region around Lubbock used to be more of a farming/ ranching/ chemical industrial community plus Texas Tech University (and a couple of small religious colleges).

Lubbock is also one of the many places where right-wing christian fanatics continue to thrive, where teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease rates have soared and where one of its former high school students was the subject of a recent, excellent PBS P.O.V. documentary entitled The Education of Shelby Knox.

I spent part of my own youth very nearby, made many excursions into Lubbock as it was the closest 'city' with first-run films, bookstores, shopping malls, restaurants and like Midland-Odessa, had an airport which could be used to visit other parts of the country as often as possible. As rightwing as it was then, it has become exponentially more so: more intolerant, hypocritical, anti-intellectual and much like Kansas (and all the other red state voters) -- voting the interests of the wealthy and corporate elite in lieu of their own economic and educational interests because they'd just about rather kill the queers, the feminists, Hillary Clinton and the abortion doctors than do anything else (except maybe re-enslave Blacks and Mexicans, although they use different pejorative terms than those) while forcing everyone to attend their right-wing, mostly Baptist and evangelical churches, worship their version of God and their interpretations of the Bible, while making sure libraries carry only approved-by-them christian missives.

While on the other side of the state from Houston, people in West Texas definitely cheer and revere other people like the notoriously arrogant, unrepentant, corrupt Ken Lay (who "loves the Lord" and until the Enron scandal was a 'best friend' of Bush, Rove, Cheney et al and contributed millions, raised millions for, and helped get Shrub elected) -- again to their own detriment as well as others.

Time's Dixie Chicks story here; Shelby Knox PBS trailer here and the film's NY production site here. You can read about what folks in Lubbock think about Natalie and the Dixie Chicks here, here (use bugmenot.com for sign-ins and password info otherwise you can register at LubbockOnline.com for free).


Lubbock, Love It or Leave It

Dust bowl, Bible belt,

Got more churches than trees

Raise me, praise me, couldn't save me

Couldn't keep me on my knees

Oh Boy

Rave on down loop 289

That'll be the day you see me back

In this fool's paradise


Temptation's strong

(Salvation's gone)

I'm on my way

To hell's half acre

How will I ever

How will I ever

Get to heaven now


Throwin' stones from the top of your rock

Thinkin' no one can see

The secrets you hide behind

Your southern hospitality

On the strip, the kids get lit

So they can have a real good time

Come Sunday they can just take their pick

From the crucifix skyline


Temptation's strong

(Salvation's gone)

I'm on my way

To hell's half acre

How will I ever

How will I ever

Get to heaven now


International airport

A quarter after nine

Paris Texas, Athens Georgia

Not what I had in mind

As I'm gettin' out I laugh to myself

'Cause this is the only place

Where as you're gettin' on the plane

You see Buddy Holly's face


I hear they hate me now

Just like they hated you

Maybe when I'm dead and gone

I'm gonna get a statue too.


Temptation's strong

(Salvation's gone)

I'm on my way

To hell's half acre

How will I ever

How will I ever


Get to heaven now


Words and music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines and Mike Campbell. (c) Woolly Puddin' Music (BMI) - Wild Gator Music (ASCAP)


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