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I saw your Tiki Torch parade on the blood red evening news,
I remembered Timothy McVeigh and that Jesus was a Jew,
Benedict Arnold waits for you in the hottest place in Hell,
The screaming souls will drown you out-your Seig Heil Rebel Yell
Ain’t Gonna Whistle Dixie Anymore, ain’t gonna whistle Dixie anymore
Bury that song in the land of cotton, deep in the Delta mud to be long forgotten
Ain’t Gonna Whistle Dixie Anymore
Fallen soldiers that were left behind, we salute on wounded knee
Sacrifice of the highest kind, from Gettysburg to Normandy
Burn your crosses, mask your face, sing the Appomattox Blues
Woody Guthrie told us long ago, fascists are bound to lose, fascists born and bound to lose
Charlottesville Virginia, August 12th of ‘17
Emancipation Park and Dixie flags flew across the village green
4 wheels of hate on 4th street raced where Heather Heyer died
Now her Blue Ridge Mountain Angel voice forever magnified, forever magnified '
-Paul Metsa 2017 BMI
August 12, 2018 marks the one year anniversary of the racial protests in Charlottesville, VA. During the protests a young peace activist named Heather Heyer was killed in a hanious and senseless act motivated by racial hate. August 9, 2018 also marks the 4 year anniversary of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, by a white police officer in Freguson, Missouri.
In remebrance of all who have paid the ultimate price while working for equality, justice and peace, Paul Metsa & Willie Walker ft. Sounds of Blackness, Tef Poe ft. High School for Record Arts will release 2 new singles called "Ain't Gonna Whistle Dixie Anymore" on August 8, 2018 and September 14, 2018.
'Ain't Gonna Whistle Dixie Anymore' will be released worldwide by nonprofit record label Rock the Cause Records, distributed by The Orchard. "Ain't Gonna Whistle Dixie Anymore" is a protest anthem aimed at the racially motivated hate, violence and social disparity of our times. We hope it will inspire conversation and action that disrupts the instutionalized racism that exists in America today.
The single features vocal performances by the legendary Willie Walker a 2018 Blues Music Awards 5 time nominee, and the Grammy Award Winning Sounds of Blackness.
Two versions of 'Ain't Gonna Whistle Dixie Anymore' will be released. One is a traditional Folk/Blues/Gospel version that features soulfully charged and haunting vocal performances by Willie Walker and Sounds of Blackness, set to a backdrop of civil war era drums and banjos.
The second is a Hip-hop version that is being created at the High School for Recording Arts in Saint Paul, MN. Internationally known rapper/activist Tef Poe will guest on the Hip-Hop version. Tef Poe rose to acclaim by becoming the voice of Ferguson following the 2014 riots and the death of Mike Brown. Tef's essays on racial divides have been featured in Time, Billboard, and Mic. His activism work is also featured in the documentary 'Whose Streets', an unflinching look into the Ferguson uprising.
'Ain't Gonna Whistle Dixie Anymore' is also being untilized as a teaching tool at HSRA. In the classroom HSRA students learn about the history of the song and by studying its lyrics students engage in a discussion about American history and civil rights. They aslo earn credit towards graduation in the process.
Over a dozen musicians and studio engineers contributed to the recording. The song calls forth the ghosts of the Antebellum South, the Civil Rights movements, and those who sacrificed their lives fighting fascism, racism and prejudice. Those ghosts narrate a story that confronts the age old divisions we see in our nation today. Our sincere hope is that 'Ain't Gonna Whistle Dixie Anymore' will be a unifying anthem that will lift every voice, and give new meaning to "we shall overcome".
About Willie Walker
About Paul Metsa
Paul Metsa is a legendary musician and songwriter from Minnesota. Born on the Iron Range, he has been based in Minneapolis since 1978. He has received seven Minnesota Music Awards and has played more than five thousand gigs, including forays to Iceland and Siberia. He lives in Northeast Minneapolis with his faithful dog, Highway; a dozen or so guitars; twenty-five orange crates of LPs; hundreds of books, compact discs, magazines, and vintage postcards; and several kitchen cupboards full of old cassettes.
To learn more visit Paul Metsa's website.
About Tef Poe
Kareem Jackson, known by his stage name Tef Poe, is an American rapper, musician and activist. Tef Poe was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He is one of the co-founders of the Hands Up United movement.
About Sounds of Blackness
3-time Grammy Award winning vocal/instrumental ensemble - proclaiming the music, culture & history of African Americans to audiences all over the world.
Radio and Media Relations
CEO Rock the Cause Records
Recorded and Engineered at High School for Recording Arts - HSRA MN
Sounds of Blackness recorded and engineered at Atomic K Studios Minneapolis conducted by Gary Hines.
Arrangement and final engineering folk blues version Brian Bart - Minneapolis
Arrangement and engineering Hip-hop version Kashta French & Gabriel Moore - HSRA MN
Lil Royals Smith First Rapper on Hip-Hop version - HSRA MN
Teflore' (Deonte Jones) Second Rapper on Hip-Hop version - HSRA MN
Aint Gonna Whistle Dixie Anymore Music & Lyrics - Paul Metsa 2017 BMI
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