Every movement to heal the world needs songs to lift the spirit. For a July 4 movement to declare the independence of the American people from the destructive top-down power of Big Oil, Big Coal, and other Big Corporations, there is an old song connected with July 4 that we can make new. The Song is Independent America's first "national anthem": Yankee Doodle.
You can yourself actually see and hear the new "Yankee Doodle" sung on our YouTube video by clicking here.
A new "Yankee Doodle" could celebrate the Independent America that once was and could be again. For now we need to win our independence from the destructive, top-down, unaccountable power of Big Oil, Big Coal, and other Big Corporations.
Today the original "Yankee Doodle" sounds to most of our ears like a nonsense song: "Stuck a feather in their caps and called it macaroni!" But it isn't nonsense. Here's the real story:
In the British Army of 1776, officers wore on their epaulettes what today we call "gold braid" or "scrambled eggs." They called it "macaroni."
In the rag-tag American Army of 1776, made up of farmers straight from the fields and furrows, many officers were elected by the men, and stuck a casual feather in their hats to denote their rank.
The British Imperial Army thought this was ridiculous, and made up a song laughing at such a silly excuse for an "army": "Stuck a feather in their caps and called it macaroni!"
But the Americans knew that's what a guerrilla "army" was, and took the song for their own.
The lesson: A brave and committed people can win their independence from a top-down, unaccountable, irresponsible power-drunk institution.
And songs are crucial to a world-transforming movement.
So here is "Yankee Doodle" for today. To see and hear it sung, click here on YouTube.
Yankee Doodle for Our Generation & for the Earth
Yankee Doodles face Big Oil,
Riding on a 'cycle –
"We don't fear your power now--
Your oil ain't worth a nickel!"
"We stand upon the Blue Ridge hills
Where Coal is killing mountains,
Where miners choked in deadly gas,
So Massey could rule counties."
CHORUS: Yankee Doodle keep it up,
Yankee Doodle Dandy –
Mind the music and the step
And for the Earth be handy!