baroness ilse von freytag-loringhovn (rozele) wrote,
baroness ilse von freytag-loringhovn
rozele

ztz"l & ziy"a... o ineffable!

tuli kupferberg.

the first punk rocker i ever heard.
and one of the first yiddish singers i ever heard.

this.

and newly in my mind this year because of this, which we used in the 5770/2010 purimshpil.

a legend, a radical artist who just kept on making work, a long-haul anarchist.

and a master of what he named "parasongs" - radical rewrites like joe hill's "the preacher and the slave" ("in the sweet by and by"), the RMO/BLO/SF Pride at Work's "bad hotel" ("bad romance"), the subversions of catholic liturgy made by 15th-century revolutionaries, sid vicious' "my way", etc etc etc.

here are three of tuli kupferberg's that i saw for the first time tonight; one taking the piss out of his own band, one rousing and rough, one tender:


Slum Goddess Trilogy
from The Village Fugs' "Slum Goddess of the Lower East Side"



Because the State

tune: chorus of "Because the Night (Belong to Lovers)" by Patti Smith & Bruce Springsteen

Because the state belongs to fuckers
Because the state belongs to them
Alpha primate otherfuckers
Wasps in the edenic glen

& because the state was made by fuckers
Because the state was made for them
Pleasure-hating motherfuckers
Lover-baiting sons a guns

And the state holds monopoly of force
"Cop killers" also mean "cops who kill"
& tho the idea is somewhat coarse
Wilheim Reich might hold: "That's a sexual thrill"

& because the state seducts us early
From 3 years on to postgrad docs:
Because the state educts us early
Dripdries our brains, hangs 'em out like sox

& because the state thrives with armies
Protects its properties thru blacks & blues
Soldier boys are never called "murderers"
But what the hell is what they do?

& soon no doubt when we're alone
The govt'll tape your cunt & my bone
The state is a devil disguised as God
That throws its laws like a lightening rod

& this "executive committee of the ruling class"
Shoves its media up our ass
Will the evil of two lessers set you free?
Now the question's: "To be internet or be TV?"

But because the state belongs to fuhrers
Because the state kills us for fun
Because the state belongs to furors
Because the state thinks only with the gun

& because the state belongs to fuckers
Because the state belongs to them
Gotta underthrow them motherfuckers
To return us to our edenic glen

O because the state belongs to fuckers
Because the state belongs to them
Oh we'll have to change them all to lovers
& we'll have to try & start again
Yeah we'll have to change us all to lovers
Oh we'll have to try to begin again....

OY!




When I Was a Young Man
from "Moscow Nights"

When I was a young man long time ago
Thru blue Moscow Nights deep in snow
We would talk and scheme and then we'd walk and dream
Our utopian hearts oh, all aglow

Youthful dreams turn nightmares but yet, but yet
All our love of freedom's beauty we will ne'er forget
Under stars of evil and dreadful hate
Our wondrous children still now defy their fate

Thru the years of hope and fears we have all seen
Many comrades disappear, how sad we have been
Different czars shall come and different czars will go,
And darling I still love you so.

O, when I was a young man a long time ago

Thru blue Moscow Nights deep in snow
We would talk and scheme and then wed walk and dream
Our utopian hearts oh, all aglow

Youthful dreams turn nightmares but yet, but yet
All our love of beauty's freedom we will ne'er forget
Neath satellites of evil and dreadful hate
Our wondrous children still now defy their fate

Thru the years of hope and fears we have all seen
Old comrades disappear, how sad we have been
Different czars will come but different czars shall go,
And darling I still love you so.
Tags: (a), music, revolution, z"l
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