Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Let's Start Off The New Year Right By Watching Some High School Kids Stick It To The Man

I love this - my heart literally began to beat faster watching this.  Skip to around the 1:13 mark. Pulaski (Wisconsin) High's Marching Band stops the Rose Bowl parade to serenade Gov. Scott Walker with Woody Guthrie's "Union Maid".  I love Woody Guthrie, I love "Union Maid", and I love these kids (and whoever put them up to it) for having the sack to do this.  Tip of the hat to Bill for hipping me to this.


  1. Hey! The bandleader claims this is *not* the Woody Guthrie song, but rather some polka or other. You know Guthrie better than I do; what do you think? Is this really a Guthrie song & the bandleader's trying to dodge the heat, or is this really a polka?

  2. I call bullshit. this is definitely "Union Maid". It doesn't have any sort of polka beat; I don't see any characteristics of polka. I've played "Union Maid" a million times - this is it. There's a million ways to check this - here's a more fun one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAzhz29eVec

  3. The only way the band leader's defense sticks is this: Woody Guthrie openly took older songs are repurposed them for his one. It is possible that this is a song that is much older than "Union Maid", but most folks would know "Union Maid". So again - Imma call bullshit. The bandleader probably was trying to avoid some heat.