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Phillips, Utah / I've Got to Know
Album:I've Got to Know Collection:General
Artist:Phillips, Utah Added:03/2004
Label:Daemon Records 

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Add Date:2004-03-01 Pull Date:2004-05-03 
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Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2004-03-02 
Wobbly/Socialist folk hero Utah Phillips has found allies, friends, in everyone’s vocal social conscience warehouse living activists AK Press, who have re-released some of his finest work to date. And seeing as he’s been making music for upwards of 50 years, that’s saying a lot. This is FANTASTIC. Ironically, most of it was recorded in 1991 and, like the comedy of Bill Hicks, its more timely than ever, dealing with issues of global genocide, war on Iraq, and basic human, worker, rights (remember those?). Some will recognize pieces from the fantastic retooling that Ani DiFranco did of him some years back (The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere). Pieces are all poignant, intelligent, scathing, and hilarious, sometime simultaneiously. Seldom accompanied by more than his own minimal guitar strumming, a lot of this is simple story telling, a capella singing or poetry reading. Its all really really great, a true anti-war statement, anti all wars, violence. A true masterpiece. PLAY. LOTS.

I will segregate these between stories/poems, and songs:

Songs:

2) basic anti-war folk song, title track, “co-written” by Woody Guthrie
5) yellow ribbons, anti-war
9) a capella, killing ground
12) a capela, Korean war, hatred
14) simple folksong
16) wars effect on love, people
18) lord aint it sad, losing friends
20) spoken, a capela, “I will not obey” the draft, war
22) a capela, anti war
25) folksy about the Enola Gay, Hiroshima
27) police state/third world murder, corruption
28) middle American suburbia nimby
30) a capella WWI anti-war
32) with intro, folky classic, river theme

Poems, Stories:

1) brief, “I pledge allegiance…”
3) ideas, workers
4) anti military weaponry
6,7) anti-war, pacifism
8) story- military draft, dodging
10) korea, bigotry
11) story- public transpo, flying, “my car wont run on blood”, leads into next song nicely
13) “victory parades”
15) military, war’s effect on a young man
17) anti-war, taking responsibility
19) story, returning from Korea, tramping, Amon Hennisy
21) story- attending pro-war demonstrations, killing, “I support the troops”, take responsibility
23) story- Truman cactus, enola gay, only one country has used the atomic bomb on humans
24) poem
26) WWI era anti-war
29) a story
31) story, talk- how to make peace inside, throw your TV out the front window
33) brief, with great Morman joke at the end






Track Listing
1.Stupid's Pledge 17.Was It You?
2.I've Got to Know 18.Lord, Ain't It Sad?
3.Sedition 19.What Is a Pacifist?
4.General, Your Tank 20.I Will not Obey
5.Yellow Ribbon 21.The Violence Within
6.Yellow Legs & Pugs 22.Judas Ram
7.I Love My Flag 23.Truman Cactus
8.Scribner on the Draft 24.There Shall Come Soft Rains
9.Killing Ground 25.Enola Gay
10.Learning 26.Wife of Flanders
11.Riding the Peace Train 27.Rice and Beans
12.Trooper's Lament 28.Ain't It Fine
13.Victory Stuff 29.Revolt in the Desert
14.Mountain Valley Home 30.Stand to Your Glasses Steady
15.Michael 31.How to Live in Peace
16.The Soldier's Return 32.This Here River
 33.Huddled Chickens