Big Green Hope Machine

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released March 1, 2009

Fred Gillen Jr: vocals, guitar, bass, percussion
Steve Kirkman: vocals, guitar, percussion
Abbie Gardner: dobro, vocals
Scott Urgola: banjo
Lisa Gutkin: fiddle
Anthony daCosta: guitar, vocals

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Fred Gillen Jr Peekskill, New York

NYFA grant recipient Fred Gillen Jr has released nine full-length albums, and has toured all over the U.S. and Europe. His songs have been featured on ABC's "All My Children," NPR's "Car Talk," CMJ's Comp, and in 2012 his version of Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home" was featured on "Pete Remembers Woody," a collection of Pete Seeger's spoken stories about Woody Guthrie. ... more

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Track Name: Sing Sing Sing
Sing SIng Sing

We're gathered here tonight
to do a sacred thing
sing sing sing, sing sing sing
sing sing sing, sing

It says in the Bible somewhere
that singing is praying times two
and whenever angels show up
it always seems that's what they do

We're gathered here tonight
to do a sacred thing
sing sing sing, sing sing sing

millions of pilgrims every day
visit Mecca and I've heard it said
when you hear their song
millions singing all at once
it's a sound you'll never forget

We're gathered here tonight
to do a sacred thing
sing sing sing, sing sing sing

the Navajo and Cherokee
Lakota and Cheyenne
Shawnee, Pawnee, Crow and Cree
all had one common thread
beside the one Great Spirit and the one Mother Earth
they all raise their voices for all that they are worth

We're gathered here tonight
to do a sacred thing
sing sing sing, sing sing sing
Track Name: Lady Liberty
you won't find it shining in the marble halls of Wall Street
or in the ticker tape pages of the papers they read
you can't see it in the flickering glitter of your TV screen
or the silicone smiles or empty eyes of super-model party society queens

but there's a light that burns eternal
not dimmed by the veils of neglect or of greed
Lady Liberty keeps shining

I see it in the men who wait with friends for work in my town
as they stand broke but still joking over coffee each morning
though only one in ten will be chosen and the rest will keep waiting
never losing hope as they cope with poverty we can't even understand

there's a light that burns eternal
not dimmed by the veils of neglect or of greed
Lady Liberty keeps shining

you won't find it in congress's chambers making laws to protect us
or in the president's jet as he meets the cabinet he's selected
these women and men have forgotten their reasons for running
but the people they've sworn to represent will always go down fighting

Shine shine shine shine

'cause there's a light that burns eternal
not dimmed by the veils of neglect or of greed
Lady Liberty keeps shining