i dreamed i saw phil ochs last night alive as you or me says i to phil "you're ten years dead" "i never died' says he "i never died" says he the music business killed you phil they ignored the things you said and cast you out when fashions changed says phil "but i ain't dead" says phil "but i ain't dead" the fbi harassed you phil they smeared you with their lies says he "but they could never kill what they could not compromise i never compromised" "though fashion's changed and critics sneered the songs that i have sung are just as true tonight as then the struggle carries on the struggle carries on" with the song of freedom rings out loud from valleys and from hills where people stand up for their rights phil ochs is with us still phil ochs inspires us still.
words--billy bragg, music--earl robinson
The tune is to the song "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night" and uncle bill covered Phil's Joe Hill on Don't Mourn, Organise!
This song can be found on the album The Internationale
Abigail Plumb tells me ``Will Oldham of Palace Bros. also does a version of "I Dreamed I Saw Phil Ochs Last Night" but it is rather different from the Billy Bragg version. Check it out at http://www.palace.free.fr/paroles/Gezundheit.htm.''
Last modified 17 Mar 02 by trent