Indoctrinating innocent children with librul valuez: DFH edition

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I was emailing drdrA the other day about a song I queued up for her blog party. What I was realizing is that I probably first heard this song when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old. For whatever reason it stuck with me. I don't know that I'd heard it in decades before I ran across a link or reference to it on some physical science / engineer-type blog (Sciencewomen, maybe?). I just don't tend to chat about old mouldy folksongs with people, go figure. Anyway, I had a bit of a head-smacking moment, "duh, of course this is still an anthem for women in the engineering fields".
This is the one:

In my recent convo with drdrA, though, I came to the realization that it is pretty likely that memorable songs with evocative stories like this are just as likely to be a cause as a symptom of my political development. Impossible to disentangle of course, it was no accident that certain folksongs were actually available in my environment. Many factors shape a young mind but hey, song lyrics are one of those factors.
So what the heck, if you haven't heard this song before, I hope you like it. Maybe play it for your mini-STEM-in-trainings at home a couple of times.
I totally love dredging up all these old dirty fucking hippy songs on YouTube...I think I'll start annoying my kids with them.

5 responses so far

  • drdrA says:

    I love this, as you know. Thanks for introducing me to it.
    As for the kids- I play Pete Seeger in my car, and littleA is hooked.

  • becca says:

    Oh come now, that Seeger song isn't going to really make them stand out as indoctrinated with Librul valuez. Try Universal Soldier (Donovan), Solidarity Forever (Seeger has a version of this; btw, 60 kids stomping around and singing this at the tops of their lungs is a shockingly cute event), and Deportees (Woodie Guthrie).
    But if you really want to indoctrinate them properly, you gotta send em to hippie camp.

  • The version of Deportees by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez during that crazy Dylan tour of 1976 is fucking awesome.

  • antipodean says:

    "Fuck you. I won't do what you tell me" - Rage against the machine.
    Not exactly a folk song.

  • Stephanie Z says:

    Don't miss the Chad Mitchell Trio for subverting the kiddies. Worked wonders on me.

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