Sunday, August 9, 2015

Oxford Town

They lynch black people
In Oxford, and they tear gas
Protesting white folks.

Here's a Bob Dylan postcard from hell, which in this case is Mississippi. "Oxford Town," from the 1963 album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," is a clear-headed, unhappy examination of what awaits freedom riders and other civil rights advocates who tried to change the South's view on black people.

In Oxford Town:
- Everybody's head's down
- No sunshine
- Hell no I'm not going
- Guns and clubs, used against black people
- They don't let black people in in Oxford Town
- Try to change things in Oxford Town, you get tear gassed
- Two people were assassinated here for campaigning on behalf of civil rights and equal rights. 

No comments:

Post a Comment