“Have you been to jail for Justice?” by Anne Feeney
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Hi folks -- Wanted to let you know that my new CD "Have You Been to Jail for Justice?" has just been released. I went back to Jack Irwin's wonderful studio in Nashville to record. This time I got some *wonderful* friends to join me -- Jon Fromer came in from the Bay Area, Susan Lewis and Janet Stecher (Rebel Voices) came in from Seattle, and Kim and Reggie Harris! The CD is packed -- 16 new recordings and four bonus tracks from my previous cassette releases.
jail for justice album cover It starts off with "Have You Been to Jail for Justice?" and includes a sizzling updated version of "Rebuild America--Keep Hope Alive!" a hellraising rendition of "War on the Workers" -- the shameless parody that my dear pal Bob Tibbs and I wrote "CEOs (The Plane Wreck at Tusla)" -- Larry Penn's wonderful "Maquiladoras" -- the amazing Bob Blue's "Courage (Diane)" -- I finally got to record the full-tilt honkin' New Orleans arrangement of "Whatever Happened to the Eight Hour Day?" that I've been hearing in my head since I wrote it-- a jazzy version of Eric Schwartz's bold "Who Da Bitch Now?" -- a terrific recording of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union classic "The Rich Man's House" -- a nice take of one of my most requested tunes -- Eddie Starr's brilliant "Spoiled Brats of the Ruling Class" -- my "Corporate Welfare Song", Al Grierson's gorgeous "Widow's Lament" -- a brand new ska tune I wrote "For Gene Debs" -- another of Al Grierson's great tunes -- "Flowers of Auschwitz" -- a great take of "Joe Hill" -- a stirring "Internationale" and then, from previous releases "I Married A Hero" "Ms.Ogyny" "Take Them Down!" and "The Big Strong Man" -- finally available on CD.

If you haven't gotten a post card or email from me lately, I may have lost you ... email me with your current address (snail and "e")and I'll let you know how to get a copy. It's been six years since I did a recording, and I am *so* pleased with the results! I think you will be too. Adelante!
 
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HAVE YOU BEEN TO JAIL FOR JUSTICE?

© 1998 Anne Feeney (BMI)

Was it Cesar Chavez? Maybe it was Dorothy Day
Some will say Dr. King or Gandhi set them on their way
No matter who your mentors are it's pretty plain to see
That, if you've been to jail for justice, you're in good company

Have you been to jail for justice? I want to shake your hand
Cause sitting in and lyin' down are ways to take a stand
Have you sung a song for freedom? or marched that picket line?
Have you been to jail for justice? Then you're a friend of mine

You law abiding citizens, come listen to this song
'Cause laws were made by people, and people can be wrong
Once unions were against the law, but slavery was fine
Women were denied the vote and children worked the mine
The more you study history the less you can deny it
A rotten law stays on the books til folks with guts defy it

The law's supposed to serve us, and so are the police
And when the system fails, it's up to us to speak our peace
We must be ever vigilant for justice to prevail
So get courage from your convictions
Let them haul you off to jail!


The Cast

Jack Irwin played piano and organ with me 14 years ago when he still lived in Pittsburgh. Now he’s got those talented hands, his great pair of ears, and huge heart invested in a world-class studio in Nashville. His creative energy added enormously to the project. he also rounded up our old pal Jim Hoke to sprinkle musical magic on the recording, as well as Mike McAdam, Sam Bacco and Charlie Chadwick for the rhythm tracks.

But the BEST was getting Jon Fromer, Susan Lewis and Janet Stecher (Rebel Voices)*, and Kim and Reggie Harris** in to sing with me. Over the years it has been such a joy to work with them at different rallies, riots and festivals. To get them all into the studio with me for this was a dream come true. Their spirit and love and awesome talents lifted me, and the whole project. They are not just treasured friends and extraordinary artists, but, like Bertold Brecht, they know that “Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but a hammer with which to shape it."

1. HAVE YOU BEEN TO JAIL FOR JUSTICE? (2:38)
© Anne Feeney (BMI)
2. REBUILD AMERICA--KEEP HOPE ALIVE! (5:09)
© Anne Feeney (BMI)
3. WAR ON THE WORKERS (3:37)
© Anne Feeney (BMI)
4. C.E.O.s (THE PLANE WRECK AT TUZLA) (4:23)
©Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) Guthrie/Hoffman (Ludlow Music)
5. MAQUILADORAS (3:14)
©Larry Penn, ©Cookie Man Music (BMI)
6. COURAGE (DIANE) (3:49)
© Bob Blue, Black Socks Press -- used with permission
7. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE 8 HOUR DAY? (3:02)
© Anne Feeney (BMI)
8. WHO DA BITCH NOW? (2:05)
© Eric Swartz, Claritone Music (ASCAP)
9. THE RICH MAN’S HOUSE (2:59)
© Kensington Welfare Rights Union -- adapted from “The Enemy’s Gate” (traditional)
10. SPOILED BRATS OF THE RULING CLASS (2:30)
© Eddie Starr, Maychild Music (ASCAP)
11. CORPORATE WELFARE SONG (4:24)
© ANNE FEENEY (BMI)
12. WIDOW’S LAMENT (3:06)
© Al Grierson (SOCAN)
13. FOR GENE DEBS (4:35)
© Anne Feeney (BMI)
14. FLOWERS OF AUSCHWITZ (3:35)
© Al Grierson (SOCAN)
15. JOE HILL (3:21)
Intro: Words: Joe Hill/Music: © Anne Feeney (BMI)
Song: © Hayes/Robinson, MCA Music
16. THE INTERNATIONALE (2:38)
Words: Eugene Pottier/Music: Pierre Degeyter

*Susan Lewis and Janet Stecher (www.Eskimo.com/~rebelgal)
**Kim and Reggie Harris (www.KimandReggie.com) appear courtesy of Appleseed Records. Special thanks to Joyce Woodson & Dick Blin for their Nashville hospitality during our visit!

War On The Workers

Recorded live by Anne Feeney at the Mother Jones dinner in Decatur in 1994.
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Story Behind the Song
This song is for the members of the United Paperworkers, locked out at A. E. Staley Co in 1993-95. Staley is a corn processer and uses dangerous chemicals in the job. These include (PO (propylene oxide) and BSS (bisodium sulfite) referenced in the song. Jim Beals was a union worker suffocated in 1993 when PO leaked into a tank. A scab was also killed in a fire during the lockout. Staley is owned by Tate & Lyle.

Pittsburgh songwriter Anne Feeney is a folk music activist who has appeared at prestigious clubs, political rallies, and folk festivals throughout the U.S. Anne has shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Fairport Convention, and New Grass Revival among others as she combines ragtime, reggae, rock & roll, bluegrass, and folk with occasional humor, all for peace and justice.

Continuing past the Firestone plant, the march headed to the busy intersection of state highways 48 and 121, near the Cat plant. Hundreds sat down and tied up traffic for more than an hour in an act of mass civil disobedience. The point was mad, loud and clear, that this community where nearly ten percent of the work force is idled by these disputes, is losing patience with Corporate America.

Only one arrest was made: Anne Feeney, a recording artist from Pittsburgh. Ms. Feeney made her personal statement to Decatur by lying down in the middle of another nearby intersection, snarling traffic. When police approached her, dozens of Decatur motorists left their vehicles and screamed at the police to leave her alone.

The police made the arrest, reluctantly it seemed. They did not want to become the "media stars" they had become after the June 25th debacle when images of them gassing and clubbing unarmed demonstrators were beamed around the world. They made a conscious effort to stay out of camera range as much as possible.


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