Labor Day-1: Marshal Law/Martial Law: Tales of Abuses of Power from the Wild West...and Today
This first of possibly several posts celebrating the hard-fought struggles of the American labor movement...
"The marshal came to town
His hat was pulled way down..."
This post began a long time ago in a land far, far away...
...actually, a couple of hours ago...in the West...of Hempstead...precisely, West Hempstead...
My saddle mate for many trail rides, Eileen, had selected "Silverado" for our evening's movie travels. She always picks amazing shows for our evening rituals and tonight's was no exception.
Unlike those sagebrush tales from Zane the Grey...
...this one's from an ol timer with the moniker "Tom the White."
"C'est moi, mon ami!" (more Franglais below)
To state that the opening movie scene was epic would be an understatement. The music, the scenery, the scope...Magnificent 7 comes to mind. The cast...it'd be easier to list who ISN'T included...Even John Cleese...I'll get to him...The director includes among his themes - racism, the role of women in the West and other abuses of power.
Heroes and villains...the line isn't always clear...which increases the suspense...
One of director Kasdan's themes is the coopting of the law by those in power...said another way, it's the creation of a police state to keep law and order so the power elite can run things as they wish. Sound familiar???
Here's a humorous take on this age-old struggle for power.
"Nobody's right if everybody's wrong"
Nobody Right, Nobody Wrong - Michael Franti & Spearhead
--powerful, haunting images of the damage done by our propensity for hate
"Ain't no time to hate...barely time to wait..."
"Some losing...some dying..." (See Bob Marley tune at end)
By the movie's end, vigilante justice prevails...and at the cost of many lives...some innocent...some not...and Boot Hill gets a few more residents...
Dirty Business - New Riders of the Purple Sage
This post's opening lyrics are from a song by the New Riders of the Purple Sage called "Dirty Business" and really captures the sense of Silverado.
Well the marshal came to town
And his hat was pulled way down
He looked like he had business on his mind
He didn't stop to say
He just rode along his way
'Til he stopped in at the office of the mine
Dirty business, dirty business
Dirty business down in Coal Creek
Dirty business down in Coal Creek
Well, I make two bucks a day
And that ain't a healthy pay
My kids are just beginning to get sick
There's talk been goin' round
How they're gonna shut it down
If the man don't come and fix things
Pretty soon there was a crowd
It was getting' pretty loud
And the men all said there'd be no work today
But the owner wouldn't budge
He just sat there like a judge
And he wouldn't give a nickel more in pay
Just then they heard the sound
That rumbled from the ground
And everyone was rushing for the door
The dust came pouring out
And it finally left no doubt
That the mine was not at issue anymore
(?"And now)...house of wax"
... "and more"
Dirty Business - The New Riders of the Purple Sage
--featuring Sheriff Jerome Garcia on steel pedal guitar and some vocals
Back in my early concert years, NRPS would open for the Dead and the handoff from one band to the other wasn't abrupt...but rather meandering and transitional, like a river...one by one, the NRPS band members would float off the stage to be replaced by a Dead member...until the Grateful Dead were takin over the evening's fun and games...Cool...
In the movie, Danny Glover's character - Mal - mentions that he was once in Chicago. One of his compadres asked how it was, to which Mal says "Pretty bad - I worked in a slaughter house." Save that thought...for it'll come up again in another Labor Day-related post...
16 Tons - A Tribute to Bitumen
16 Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Big Boss Man - Grateful Dead
Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call? Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call? You ain't so big, you just tall, that's just about all.
You got me working boss man, a workin' around the clock, I want a little drink of whiskey, you sure won't let me stop. Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call? You ain't so big, you just tall, that's just about all.
I'm gonna get me a boss man, one gonna treat me right, I work hard in the daytime, sure get drunk at night.
You ain't so big, you just tall, that's just about all.
Have fun stormin the castle - from Princess Bride
Sherrif of Rottingham - The bad news in a good way
From Holy Grail to Holy Cow...Beware of gifts bearing Greeks...or Englishmen...
The Monty Python and Holy Grail, The English meet the French castle - French subtitles
Heroes and Villains (an imaginative version...I'm sure Brian would approve...)
The previous video called up this next song - I first heard it done by the Grateful Dead...
El Paso - Grateful Dead (live at Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY)
--this venue was a favorite hang out of the band and led to the opening of a restaurant called "Garcia's". It's still goin strong as a live music/Dead music joint.
Here's the logo from their Facebook page.
Just found this photo of Jerry at Woodstock on their page:
Here's the original El Paso by Marty Robbins
Friend of the Devil - Grateful Dead
"Got two reasons why I cry away each lonely night
The first one's named sweet Anne Marie and she's my hearts delight
The second one is prison, babe, the sheriff's on my trail
And if he catches up with me, I'll spend my life in jail"
Happy Trails - Roy Rogers & Dale Evans
What's the plural of cactus?