Mason Williams | Waist Deep in the Big Muddy (Live)

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Waist Deep in the Big Muddy (Live)

by Mason Williams

A vocal and guitar + bass live recording of a Pete Seeger anti Vietnam War protest song.
Genre: Folk: Political Folk
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In 1968 I was a writer for the Smothers Brothers on their . . . contro”V”ersial Comedy Hour on CBS. There were a lot of things that were censored on the SCBH. One of the most notable was a song that Pete Seeger wrote that we asked him to sing on the show.

However, Pete had been blacklisted in the McCarthy era, and he was, believe it or not, 15 years later in 1968, still blacklisted.

So CBS said “No Pete.” And we did what we always did, we went to the L.A. Times and cried “Censorship!”, which of course put pressure on CBS.

They finally caved in, and the song we asked Pete to sing was “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy”.

CBS had censored it because it was an anti-war song about our involvement in the war in Vietnam. It didn’t air however, until we kicked up a big fuss about it.

The song was an analogy about a captain in the army, who, while on maneuvers, had blindly led his troops into a dangerously swollen and muddy river. The analogy being that the leader of our country, President Lyndon Johnson, could end up being like the “big fool” in Pete’s song, about to get us in over our heads in the dangerous quagmire the Vietnam War had become.

This live performance was recorded at a combo art show / benefit concert for The Dorland Art Colony at the Uptown Art Gallery in Temecula, California on 8/25/2007. The art was the works of Bob Willis and Mason Williams. This track was my vocal and guitar + bass by Mark Schneider.

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