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Randy Newman: Writing for Our Time: "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country"

  • Thursday, August 7, 2008
    Randy Newman: Writing for Our Time: "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country"

    Randy Newman discusses the song "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country" from his new album, Harps and Angels. When it was first released as a single in 2007, its lyrics published as an op-ed in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times called it a “three-decades-on bookend to Political Science ... so funny it hurt," and Rolling Stone named it #2 on its list of the year's best singles.

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Randy Newman discusses the song "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country" from his new album, Harps and Angels. When it was first released as a single in 2007, its lyrics published as an op-ed in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times called it a “three-decades-on bookend to Political Science ... so funny it hurt," and Rolling Stone named it #2 on its list of the year's best singles.

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Clarence Thomas would remove any 'affirmitive actions' that might attempt to remediate the cumulative disadvantages that continue to affect millions of blacks and other minorities.

As for the country you think you grew up in, it is a fantasy you learned in schoolbooks. The US has always been a bloody exploiter and appropriator.

The reason so many people need to immigrate here is that since we've so effectively stolen the bread from their mouths, America is where the biggest crumbs can be found.

The fact that Randy Newman sees this and can distill it(along with so many other things) so artfully has been a real balm for me. I think he is one of our most insightful and clever social critics and am not surprised that he is so popular in the UK(at least London). Great interview on wowtv.tv.

Well, Randy hit it all about TDC as usual.

This country bears NO resemblance to the nation I loved when I was a kid. It's been f'd up by way too many tight-assed Italians and disconnected brothers and their underlings. The oil rich, Church of God Tallywhack USA members outta Texas didn't help much either.

"Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye." That's supposed to be "so funny it hurt"? If that's our idea of funny, then it would be our fault that this empire is "ending like all the rest." Millions and millions of immigrants want to be here and want what we have. Why don't we? Funny, no. Hurt, yes. If you can love LA, then you can love the rest of America too.

To Dave, and those who might be tempted to agree with him. Clarence Thomas may have faced difficulties, discomfort, and discrimination during his confirmation battle. But he did not endure a "lynching."

If you visit this site, you will learn what a lynching is: http://withoutsanctuary.org/

If you don't understand the difference, you are beyond help.

I love Randy...but in defense of the "brother"...he has lived his entire life with black skin and has done pretty damn well for himself against steep odds. Nobody knows what prejudice he has endured and conservative values do not make him any less black. Consider the liberal media lynch-mob that he had to face during his confirmation. He stood up to them and proved them wrong. He should be a beacon of hope for the brothers in the hood...but he is ignored by the media and unfairly chastised by Randy...I still love the song Randy!!

They're U.S. Supreme Court justices. The Italians are Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito, and the "brother" [African-American] is Clarence Thomas. They're all pretty conservative.

Picked up the new album yesterday, Randy is BACK !!!
Best output in a while. ( while there is nothing wrong with the previous output )

I like it when Newman gets down to the essence of what is
going on, past or present.

Thanks Randy Newman !

Sorry for my ignorance.
Is possible to know who are the "two young Italian fellas" and a "brother" mentioned in the song "A few words in defense of our country"?

I live in Great Britain and I just love the fact Randy is patrotic, We seem to have lost that quality here and yes even though to borrow from a line of Randy's, we too have "the worst leaders WE'VE had" they are not the worst the poor world has seen"

I do find it difficult to defend our leaders, even though they are not Hitler or Stalin, Brown Government is incompetant at best, Police state at worst, or getting there, you dont believe me? take a look at our so clled Human Rights laewa and security lWS.

I just wanted to say a few words in defence of Randy Newman, who has given me great pleasure over many years, and hopefuly for many more

I love the new album and i also want to know is therea DVD out or Cd of Randy playing You gotta move on - on Saturdy night live 1988 with Mak Knopfler and by Arthur Alexander, I know its on U tube but not used U Tube before, cant see how to download the dvd

can someone tell me how to do this

Regards

Russell

There are a number of segments from this interview with and performance by Randy available at nonesuch.com/media. Each segment focuses on a different subject or song from the album to allow users direct access to that specific subject.

Why is this edited so short? Why can't we see the whole of the interview?

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