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Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin: Music

Long Time A Comin'

(Jody Stecher)
Jody Stecher

During the first term of George W Bush, members of his administration characterized those who questioned his policies as being members of the “reality-based community”, as if this was a failing. It was during this nightmarish era that I dreamed a three part fiddle tune. I dreamed it whole and I knew that the title was “ Long Time A-Coming”.  I woke up and played the melody on my mandolin several times so as to not lose it.  I wondered if it would seek words and if this melody might become a hymn. But the times I lived in sent my mind in a topical direction. I stopped after three verses but new verses may be added by anyone as the times demand. 

 

Long Time A Comin’ 

© Jody Stecher, Vegetiboy Music (BMI)

 

 

Now the New Deal was a long time a comin’

New Deal, people,  was a long time a comin’

New Deal, good people,  was a long time a comin’

And now they want to take it away

 

Now they want to take it away

Now they want to take it away

The New Deal was a long time a comin’

And now they want to take it away

 

Take it away, take it away

Take away the taxes that the rich used to pay

The New Deal was a long time a comin’

And now they want to take it away

 

A living wage  was a long time a comin’

A living wage was a long time a comin’

A living wage was a long time a comin’

And now they want to take it away

 

Now they want to take it away

Now they want to take it away

A living wage was a long time a comin’

And now they want to take it away

 

Take it away, take it away

Give the CEOs another raise in their pay

A living wage was a long time a comin’

And now they want to take it away

 

Your right to a trial was a long time a comin’

A jury trial was a long time a comin’

Trial and a jury was a long time a comin’

And now they want to take it away

 

Now they want to take it away

Now they want to take it away

A trial and jury was a long time a comin’

And now they want to take it away

 

Take it away, take it away

“You might be a terrorist” is all they got to say

A trial and jury was a long time a comin’

And now they want to take it away

 

Take it away, take it away

They want to take it all away

A better life was a long time a comin’

And now they want to take it away

 

 

Jody Stecher: vocal and mandolin

Kate Brislin: vocal

Keith Little: vocal

Paul Knight: bass vocal

Eric Thompson: guitar