Phil Ochs, “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” (1965): One Track Mind

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We miss you, Phil Ochs. You would have – should have – turned 75 today. The world is still on fire with wars and injustice and inequality. Of all those who sang out against the ugliness of such things, your voice was the most beautiful and most eloquent.

You lived too long with a single dream. You loved it too much and it ended up destroying you. But when you were young and free and filled with righteous anger, no one could match your voice. We can still hear it almost 40 years down the road after you left us.

We miss you Phil Ochs, now that you ain’t marching anymore. It’s a little lonelier without your voice. But you know that the fight goes on. And wherever your songs are heard, they can still strike a match in the heart of a listener, start a fire that is stronger than the fear that tears us apart. That’s what you did for me, Phil; I will always thank you for it.

Kasper Nijsen

Kasper Nijsen

When not submerged in translator's duties both tedious and necessary, Kasper Nijsen enjoys exploring the less-visited shores of popular music and writing about his exploits for various online magazines. Though born at the tail-end of the 1980s, his musical interests are often found to have strong links with '60s and '70s rock and pop music. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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