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Morning Song – Original Faubus Fables

December 19, 2015

I’ll let Rolling Stone magazine and its ridiculous 2013 “readers’ list” of the “top 10 protest songs of all time” off the hook today if only becaue Rolling Stone never claimed to cover jazz.  (See the previous two weeks for…well, for Rolling Stone on the hook.)

Charles Mingus’ “Fables Of Faubus”—written in response to the Little Rock 9 and directed at Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus—had lyrics too incendiary for Columbia Records, so Mingus had to put it out as an instrumental on Mingus Ah Um (a great album).  A couple of years later he had a chance to record it for Candid Records…but under a slightly different title (for copyright reasons).  In addition to being an inventive, witty, swinging small band song from jazz’s golden age in the late 1950s, “Original Faubus Fables” is just flat-out funny…in an utterly scathing way.

Name me a handful that’s ridiculous.
Faubus, Rockefeller, Eisenhower!
Why are they so sick and ridiculous?

Enjoy.

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