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Collateral Damage

by Jim Page

A "not for the faint of heart" post 9-11 batch of prophetic, political, personal and even beautiful songs that ask 'what are we doing' in a way that's direct, dynamic and spare - just the inimitable Jim Page and his guitar.
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1. Who Are They and Why Do They Hate Us?
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2. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
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3. Long Corner Turning
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4. There Has To Be A Reason
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5. Palestine
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6. Her Eyes
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7. My American Name
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8. Collateral Damage
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9. Over My Dead Body
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10. The Great Stone Wall
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COLLATERAL DAMAGE

"...in times like these dissident voices are not heard in the mainstream media...Jim Page you have a CD called Collateral Damage that says something about these times...let's hear what you have to sing and say..."
----------Amy Goodman, DEMOCRACY NOW! interview 9/12/02

".... Listening to Jim Page is like being startled by an alarm clock. While it rattles you from your sleep, an alarm clock wakes you up and helps you prepare for the new day. Page's songs do the very same for your soul. You can't ignore his direct style and compelling message. Open your ears, open your mind, you'll be glad you did."
----------Mark Horn, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange,

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, everything changed. Our collective jaw dropped open and wherever we were we will always remember the sound and the feel and the smell of that rubble dust and the hard metal hurt of the impact. That was the day when the demons came out, some of them in raggedy faraway warrior camps and some of them right here in respectable suits and ties, loose in the houses of Congress. I remember the great machinery weight of America's defense gearing up for the Great Response. The target was Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries on the planet. I was in Germany in the last week leading up to the bombing. It was in Hamburg that the first song was written, in a café on a side street, feeling the air raid alert that had become part of my life.

The question they were asking in the papers was WHO ARE THEY AND WHY DO THEY HATE US? I thought if I asked the question correctly it would answer itself. Then I wrote another one called NOT IN MY AMERICAN NAME. It was more blunt, like a way of saying "No, you are not doing this for me. I am going to step outside for a while and take stock. I'll come back in when I'm ready."

All of these songs except three were written after 9-11. PALESTINE was written in 1991, OVER MY DEAD BODY in 2000. THE GREAT STONE WALL was written from a feeling that I couldn't shake, two days before the planes hit. In my mind it will always be connected with those events even though it preceded them.

These are all solo, voice and guitar. The real deal, the skeleton, the bare bones. I wanted to get them heard and somehow they wanted to be naked, so I kept them that way. They speak for themselves and follow a logical progression from the first stunned question of "WHO ARE THEY" all the way to meditation of what's beyond that STONE WALL, knowing that it wasn't always like this and so it will some day change. In the meantime things are rough.

They started to use that phrase "COLLATERAL DAMAGE" again. I hadn't heard it since the first Gulf war back in '91. At the time it struck me that they were using it like the "collateral" in a pawn shop. You leave your jacket as collateral for a loan and if you don't pay the money back they keep it. The jacket will do if they can't get the money. So I heard them saying that civilians will do if they can't get soldiers. But now I heard something more, an extra function of the language. It was that word "damage." When my guitar gets damaged I take it to a repairman, when my car gets damaged I take it to an auto shop. These people aren't damaged, they're dead. And this language is as far away from any human understanding as we can possibly get. So I thought of Woody Guthrie and his song "Deportees," about how you won't have a name if you die as a foreign worker, you'll just be a deportee. And I wrote my own song about how "you won't have a name when you hear the big airplanes, collateral damage is all you will be."

WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME is generally known as an American Civil War song, a pro war song. Originally it was Irish and it was very much anti war. It was called "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye" and it was about a fellow who came back in pieces: "Oh Johnny dear, you look so queer..." It was changed to fit the war fever of the American elite. I rewrote it again so that it would once more be opposed to these manufactured blood sports, and I made it to fit our times. Two verses are kept from the original, the rest are mine.

We need songs to stand up with in times like these. Songs to call it what it is and not to kiss ass or ask for any favors. A song can't change the world, but a people singing a song sure can. And if there ever was a world that needed changing it was this one. Maybe these songs will help.

"In an era when all too much of what is passed off as music in our society bears a striking resemblance to raw sewage, the work of Jim Page must be ranked with that of the very few artists who have achieved a genuine and coherent counterbalance. Lyrics empowered by insight and poetic conscience, melodies that alternately haunt and prod the core of our complacency, meanings casting light into the murk of our existence. These are and always have been the hallmarks of Page's songs. A serious man laying bare the seriousness of our collective situation, he proceeds with all the subtlety and finesse of a skilled surgeon performing mind transplants upon those most in need. Page is a liberatory treasure."
--------Ward Churchill - author, professor of Native American Studies University Of Colorado Boulder

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SteveR.

Necessary Words
Necessary words, especially for those
unable to speak. They have a voice,
and his name is Jim Page.

Now we have to listen, to hear those words.
Those words from the speechless.
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Steviemarie

heart wrenching, graphic and true!!
I am in awe of Jim Pages ability to write with such graphic truth. Each and every song takes us through the horror of those who are experiencing the effects of oppression and occupation. Jazak'Allah khair to Jim Page
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bill vogel

terrific and very relevant
this is a great album. the political points of view are generally right on, the lyrics are catchy and poignant, the music simple and clear, and the guitar is absolutely great...... a terrific listen.
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Erik J

Exactly what needs to be said!
This album says what a great number of people have felt and thought since 9/11 but rarely gets publicly expressed. It gets beyond the superficial crap that passes for discussion in the popular media and addresses the issues that really lay at the heart of what's going on. It took a veteran of the 60's folk era to do that. When you listen to this, you remeber there was a time when music lead the charge to change society for the better and lyrics said something meaningful. We need people like Jim desperately today. Thank you Jim!
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charley knox

authentic and outstanding musician of grass roots lyricists
i met jim when he was busking at woodland park zoo and on the streets of seattle several decades ago. his style and musicianship are exceptional. the passion he invokes in his lyrics are authentic, be they love songs or speaking truth to power. jim is a huge asset to our movement for human and earth liberation from the forces of domination.
jim walks his talk! this guy has not sold his soul.
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P Govedich

The music sounds great and the words really tell it like it is!
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Paul Grafton

A very powerful recording!
I found this CD to be very powerful and moving. The title cut brought me to tears the first time I heard it. It still continues to bring me tears. All of the songs are so pertinent to the dark times we live in. I am so thankful that there are voices such as Jim Page's who speak so plainly and powerfully about these times.
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John Kevin Fabiani

Plucking guitar strings and heart strings; not intellectually flabby.
Thoughtful folk music with honest questions
and poetic self examination. A searing version
of "when johnny comes marching home" brought tears
to my eyes.

Recommended to me by David Rovics, also worth a listen.
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Diane Robertson

moving and inspiring
This is the first CD of Jim Page I have heard, so I must make at least one general comment, and that is I really like the content and style. In particular, well, it is just so good to hear the truth, in prose, speach, or song. Thank you.
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Stephen

Profound but upseting and beautiful all at the same time.
Simply top notch folk music. Jim Pages puts to words and music what many of us think and feel but have not found ways to express it. Every song hits you like a brick. Thank you CD Baby. The disks are hard to find.
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