Tom Neilson | Four O'Clock in the Afternoon

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Four O'Clock in the Afternoon

by Tom Neilson

"Four O'Clock" is a collection of stories; historical, contemporary. and autobiographical.
Genre: Folk: Political Folk
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1. 4 Lane Highways and Mobile Homes
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2. A Tramp's Thoughts
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3. Tamarack Tree
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4. Woman of Sumpul River
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5. Spirit of Justice
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6. Grandfather and Me
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7. Annie Dunn
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8. Taking Up Smoking
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9. The Mining Museum
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10. Jacksonville
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11. Only Outlaws Will Be Free
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12. Bess
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13. Just a Little Meltdown
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14. Dancin' Shoes
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Album Notes
“Four O’Clock In The Afternoon” is a compilation of songs written several years ago. They are stories, historical accounts of people’s lives and events. The cover photo is a 1948 view of the Upstate NY dairy farm where I was born and raised. When I was a kid, all the neighbors milked cows. I easily knew everyone in a two mile radius, five miles if you headed to Unadilla; even the names of the dogs. Agribusiness brought us DDT, Paraquat, and Malathion. They killed the birds and bunnies and poisoned a few humans along the way. Now the cows are gone, as well as the families who had been ancestored to the land, not because we didn’t know how to farm, but in the words of Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz in 1968, “Get big or get out!” And he made sure that we got out. As my number came up in 1970, I felt that I had more in common with Vietnamese farmers than with the Wall St. brokers who wanted to pay me to go kill them. So I left the US for South America, then Africa, Asia, Europe and not to my surprise, farmers everywhere were all experiencing the same violence from multi-national agribusiness, many at the point of a gun and all subject to the market forces of Wall St.
The “Jacksonville” song stems from Arkansas three decades ago. It is unfortunately a timeless metaphor for the disastrous impact of mining, drilling, incineration, plutonium enrichment, and their relationship to military bases around the country and the world. The US has become a gulag of over 2800 superfund sites that have killed and altered people’s lives, destroyed natural resources, and made land uninhabitable. It is a colonization of the country by energy companies and their representatives in Congress and the White House.
Going beyond our borders, US military occupation has amassed 900 bases in 153 countries. The sun never sets on the US empire, as Orwellian perpetual war colonizes to control every ounce of gas, drop of oil, natural resources, export agriculture and the labor to extract it. As Henry Kissinger aptly put it, “If you control the oil, you control the country. If you control the food, you control the population.” Everyone is so concerned with stopping terrorism. There’s a very easy way; stop voting and paying for it.

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