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This song talks about the Parents Music Resource Council (the PMRC), an American advocacy group headed by Tipper Gore that tried to restrict the sale of certain music. Many musicians believed the PMRC was a threat to freedom of speech. (thanks, John - Glasgow, Scotland)
The chorus of the song spells out "Freedom" in acronym:
F is for fighting
R is for red, ancestors' blood in battles they've shed.
E, we elect them
E, we eject them, in the land of the free, and the home of the brave.
D, for your dying,
O, your overture,
M, they will cover your grave with manure.
This spells out freedom, it means nothing to me,
As long as there's a P.M.R.C.
Cop killer Justin Bourque posted the lyrics to the song hours before he shot dead three police officers and wounded two others in the Canadian city of Moncton on June 4, 2014.
John Lee Hooker
Into the vaults for Bruce Pollock's 1984 conversation with the esteemed Bluesman. Hooker talks about transforming a Tony Bennett classic and why you don't have to be sad and lonely to write The Blues.
Kristian Bush of Sugarland
Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.