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It's another election night, and I've learned to appreciate whiskey cocktails since the last election. Maybe it's my age or maybe my taste buds need something stronger. I love the mix of a little smoke, citrus, and sweet.

This version of Steve Earle's It's Christmastime in Washington, was performed in Oslo, Norway. I like his speech explaining his thoughts on politics. They know the words. A little rough on the beat, but you'll get the idea.

Here are the lyrics, which deserve a real hard look:


It's christmastime in washington
The democrats rehearsed
Gettin' into gear for four more years
Things not gettin' worse
The republicans drink whiskey neat
And thanked their lucky stars
They said, 'he cannot seek another term
They'll be no more fdrs'

I sat home in tennessee
Staring at the screen
With an uneasy feeling in my chest
And i'm wonderin' what it means

So come back woody guthrie
Come back to us now
Tear your eyes from paradise
And rise again somehow
If you run into jesus
Maybe he can help you out
Come back woody guthrie to us now

I followed in your footsteps once
Back in my travelin' days
Somewhere i failed to find your trail
Now i'm stumblin' through the haze
But there's killers on the highway now
And a man can't get around
So i sold my soul for wheels that roll
Now i'm stuck here in this town


There's foxes in the hen house
Cows out in the corn
The unions have been busted
Their proud red banners torn
To listen to the radio
You'd think that all was well
But you and me and cisco know
It's going straight to hell

So come back, emma goldman
Rise up, old joe hill
The barracades are goin' up
They cannot break our will
Come back to us, malcolm x
And martin luther king
We're marching into selma
As the bells of freedom ring


A better version with Emmy Lou

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