Monday, September 12, 2005

New Orleans A New Song By David Rovics International Activist Singer/Songwriter/Blogger Now Available Online

They forecast the apocalypse; Said it was coming soon; Preparations must be made, they said; Now is the time; It was years ago they shouted; Inaction was a crime; Abandoned by the state; Abandoned by their country; Just left to meet their fate; And the people died; And then they died some more; They drowned inside their attics; An army of the poor; An army of the destitute; Who couldn’t get away: New Orleans

New Orleans, LA – Internationally acclaimed activist/singer/songwriter/blogger David Rovics announces the online release of his new tune, “New Orleans”. The song was recorded today in Ramallah, a Palestinian city of approximately 57,000 residents, located about 15 kilometers (9 miles) north-west of Jerusalem.

The MP3 music file is now available as a free download for use in Hurricane Katrina photo slide shows and video compilations:

"The next day I met Rana for coffee near the hotel (i won't admit where),” wrote David in his online journal September 11. “I was working all that day on my new song about “New Orleans”, and was spending all my free time (basically cutting into sleep) reading about the atrocities and mass murder being committed in New Orleans. I finished the words to the song that night and finished writing the tune yesterday. As with all of my music, lyrics, etc., feel free to use it for any purpose and spread the word about the song if you're so inclined!”

New Orleans (Excerpt)

Everybody knew that it could happen
The likelihood was clear
The future was coming
And now it’s here
They had to fix the levees
Because otherwise they’d break
On one side was the city
Above it was the lake
It was in the daily papers
In bold letters was the writ
What would happen
When the Big One hit
But every year they cut the funding
Just a little more
So they could give it to the Army
To fight their oil war

David Rovics Bio

David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. Amy Goodman has called him "the musical version of Democracy Now!" Since the mid-90's Rovics has spent most of his time on the road, playing hundreds of shows every year throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. He and his songs have been featured on national radio programs in the US, Canada, Britain, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and elsewhere. He has shared the stage regularly with leading intellectuals ( Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn ), activists ( Medea Benjamin, Ralph Nader ), politicians ( Dennis Kucinich, George Galloway ), musicians ( Billy Bragg, the Indigo Girls ), and celebrities ( Martin Sheen, Susan Sarandon ). He has performed at dozens of massive rallies throughout North America and Europe and at thousands of conferences, college campuses and folk clubs throughout the world. He makes all of his recordings available for free download on his website,, and the downloads are in the many hundreds of thousands. More importantly, he's really good. He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, and he will make the revolution irresistible.


David Rovics Website: http://www.davidrovics
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David Rovics
( 617 ) 872-5124
P.O. Box 995
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 U$A

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