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Tracklist.

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

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Details.

In 2003, Daemon Records teamed up with AK Press and was lucky enough to release a record by the great American storyteller, labor organizer, folk singer, and poet, Utah Phillips (May 15, 1935 – May 23, 2008).

Phillips ran away from home in his teens to gain an education on the road, riding the rails and bumming along with tramps. He taught himself to play the ukulele and guitar and began writing songs about the hobo life. His experience during the Korean War convinced him that nonviolence is the only way to live sane. Utah has received both a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Folk Alliance and a Lifetime Service to Labor Award from the American Federation of Musicians.

In Utah's Words about this record: During the (first) Gulf War, I got plenty good and mad. I parked my car and wouldn't drive it because I said it wouldn't run on blood. Then; with the help of Dakota Sid Clifford, I went into a small but very fine studio her in Nevada City. I said to Bruce Wheelock, the engineer, "Set up two mikes and start a tape. I'll tell you when I'm done." For the next seventy minutes I spouted, fulminated, and sang about war, peace, pacifism, and anarchy. I used song, poems, and rants to make the point, and said, "Okay, turn off the machine." Bruce said, "Don't you want me to edit it?" I said, "No! I'm mad! Leave it the way it is!"

Who's Saying What

"I met Utah in Philly, I was 20, had a shaved head and I looked like a little punk, which is unusual on the folk scene, so I got an attitude. Then I walked into the kitchen, and there was Utah sitting there and he just cleared the air with his presence and his humor and I fell in love with him immediately."

Ani DiFranco