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Tune du Jour: “When I’m Gone” – Phil Ochs
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Eric Andersen vs. Ani Difranco
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"Free markets will not prevail without unfettered competition among cover songs." - Milton Friedbyrd

“Free markets will not prevail without unfettered competition among cover songs.” – Milton Friedbyrd

When I’m Gone is one of many terrific songs that Phil Ochs penned. It first appeared in 1966 on Phil’s third album Phil Ochs in Concert. The song focuses on the need to live a fulfilling and effectual life in that our time is limited; you’re not going to achieve any aspirations (or affect social change) when your gone, so you’ll just have to do it while your here.

In retrospect, it is quite sad for a Phil Ochs fan to hear him sing these lines. He wrote When I’m Gone early in his career when he undoubtedly was still full of youthful idealism regarding what well-intentioned people could accomplish for the greater good. While displaying not a hint of sappiness, it is a hopeful, albeit, pragmatic song of the vast possibilities that lie ahead for a young adult. The fact that a mere ten years later he had become so jaded and depressed that he took his own life is truly tragic. As I’ve said many times in my posts, Phil Ochs is one of my favorite topical musicians. Yet, at times I can’t help but be resentful that he chose suicide. We was a national treasure. His cutting wit and fearless commentary would have been put to great use in the tumultuous decades following his death. Bob Dylan once said of Phil, “I just can’t keep up with Phil. And he just keeps getting better and better and better”. Unfortunately, Phil can’t add his name into the fight now that he’s I’m gone …

The Original

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Phil Ochs

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Eric Andersen vs. Ani Difranco

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Erci Andersen:

Ani Difranco:

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?

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