I never heard of Iris Dement before, but this song really speaks to our present predicament. The first 30 seconds or so of the video is shaky, but after that it’s O.K. In 1997, Forida State senator John Grant, after hearing the song played on public radio station WMNF in Tampa, got a $104,000 grant pulled. In two days, the stations’ loyal fans raised $122,000. If you’d like to listen to WMNF, click on this link.
I’ve read that this song is WMNF’s anthem, so to speak. It was written in 1996, but the message is as relevant as ever. Even more so, now that the selfishness of the Republican Party is on full display.
For more on Iris Dement, visit her website.