Indoctrinating innocent children with librul valuez: DFH edition

September 27, 2009

BikeMonkey Guest Post
I was emailing drdrA the other day about a song I queued up for her blog party. What I was realizing is that I probably first heard this song when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old. For whatever reason it stuck with me. I don’t know that I’d heard it in decades before I ran across a link or reference to it on some physical science / engineer-type blog (Sciencewomen, maybe?). I just don’t tend to chat about old mouldy folksongs with people, go figure. Anyway, I had a bit of a head-smacking moment, “duh, of course this is still an anthem for women in the engineering fields“.
This is the one:

In my recent convo with drdrA, though, I came to the realization that it is pretty likely that memorable songs with evocative stories like this are just as likely to be a cause as a symptom of my political development. Impossible to disentangle of course, it was no accident that certain folksongs were actually available in my environment. Many factors shape a young mind but hey, song lyrics are one of those factors.
So what the heck, if you haven’t heard this song before, I hope you like it. Maybe play it for your mini-STEM-in-trainings at home a couple of times.
I totally love dredging up all these old dirty fucking hippy songs on YouTube…I think I’ll start annoying my kids with them.

No Responses Yet to “Indoctrinating innocent children with librul valuez: DFH edition”

  1. drdrA Says:

    I love this, as you know. Thanks for introducing me to it.
    As for the kids- I play Pete Seeger in my car, and littleA is hooked.


  2. becca Says:

    Oh come now, that Seeger song isn’t going to really make them stand out as indoctrinated with Librul valuez. Try Universal Soldier (Donovan), Solidarity Forever (Seeger has a version of this; btw, 60 kids stomping around and singing this at the tops of their lungs is a shockingly cute event), and Deportees (Woodie Guthrie).
    But if you really want to indoctrinate them properly, you gotta send em to hippie camp.


  3. The version of Deportees by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez during that crazy Dylan tour of 1976 is fucking awesome.


  4. antipodean Says:

    “Fuck you. I won’t do what you tell me” – Rage against the machine.
    Not exactly a folk song.


  5. Stephanie Z Says:

    Don’t miss the Chad Mitchell Trio for subverting the kiddies. Worked wonders on me.


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