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Songs Of The Times

Rock legend Neil Young has for decades protested against the American status quo, both in his music and in his life. His latest foray into grassroots activism is his Living With War Today web site, where he auditions, then showcases "Songs Of The Times", a collection of anti-war and social justice music of the masses, and other cultural expressions of dissent.

Nora Callahan has her own contribution to this effort: Our Own Kind, a "folkalypso" ballad about the abuses of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib Prison, Iraq. At last count, and without any fanfare on our part, Our Own Kind is at 243 out of 1000 in web listener popularity at Neil Young's web site.

Our Own Kind was written and performed by Nora Callahan, with musical accompaniment and arrangement by Katana Christen and Josh Speigel

Find Our Own Kind at the Songs Of The Times web site, at:

Enjoy some of Nora's other musical performances at:

Our Own Kind

Across this land of America, prisons abound
Over 2 million citizens, in the bowels of hell
They're our own kind, been down a long time

Then went guards from US prisons, headed to Iraq
Unleashed on an unsuspecting people?
No, they've expected us, a long time, a long time ago

Not in Bush's America, he didn't like it one bit
Nor did Haider al-Abbadi, to have his manhood
In his own kind, what was on his friend's mind?

Not in his America, his soldiers stripped them down
Hoods on heads and limbs were bound, by our own kind
Our own kind. Our own kind

Just a few bad apples, fallen off the bush?
I wanna know how high is up, and that it's understood
It's his kind, and they're out of their minds

Guards and dogs and prisons; rape, torture, death
Happens every day in America, the leading jailer on Earth
It's our own kind, our own kind of design

Have we lost our minds? It's our own kind.

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