I was in school, radio was just one channel playing safe music
from the Fifties. And I was growing up in the Seventies. The monopoly
channel's sole aim was to be a "nation-builder", to weed out what
was considered by politicians as "yellow culture"; read rock 'n'
roll. But today, Bruce Springsteen's claim rings true. There are
"57" channels on the i$land but nothin' "on".
To listen to a station thats "on", you have to
find it on the net. One excellent station is the satellite channel
XM. Guess what? Satellite transmissions are prohibited on the
i$land. Only embassies, media companies and some other big businesses
who need timely information are permitted to install satellite
dishes. So theres no easy access to XM.
show thats "on" has been Bob Dylans Theme
Time Radio Hour.
Fans and critics alike have been mesmerized by the 65-year-old
veterans glib talk, esoteric song choices and wealth of
radio show is 60-min long and each week he presents a different
theme. The series started in May on XM and
has so far seen 14 episodes. Themes include weather, drink, mothers
day, coffee and the latest on the devil. One
critic remarked that the shows are "a look back to when DJs
had a lot of knowledge, often firsthand, about the artists they
were playing. Before playing their songs they would riff about
their music, their lyrics or their lives."
episode 13, Rich Man, Poor Man, Dylan introduced the show
like this: "This week, were gonna take a look at two
different kinds of people: Them thats got, and them that
needs. Were gonna talk about a dichotomy between the rich
man and the poor man." And he remarks that one thing the
rich man hasnt got is "poverty".
critic remarked that the shows
are "a look back to when DJs had a
lot of knowledge, often firsthand,
about the artists they were playing.
Before playing their songs they
would riff about their music,
their lyrics or their lives."
starts off with Bob Miller's 1932 hit, The Rich Man And The Poor
Man, about there being one law (and one set of lawyers) for the
rich, and one for the poor. Despite all the advantages a rich
man has, in one final thing they both have in common:
man when he kicks off, has a casket made of gold,
the poor man has a wooden box and his grave looks mighty cold
rich man gets a sermon, but heres one thing thats
the rich man takes that long last ride hes as much dead
as the poor.
he offers of Miller is one seldom heard. That Miller also wrote
Theres a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere but was greatly
disturbed by its huge success. After the song sold in excess of
three million song sheets, Miller insisted that his music must
only be performed by "a true son of the soil," rather
than celebrity big-time bandleaders. He threatened to sue anyone
who covered the song without permission.
song played is Rags To Riches which relatively younger fans might
recall was a minor single for Elvis Presley but was a big hit
for Tony Bennett in the Fifties. Dylan said this after playing
a story once about Tony. They wanted
him to sing the national anthem at the nineteen and sixty-one
Preakness. He didnt want to. He said, I dont
know. Bombs burstin in air are just not my thing.
Way to go, Tony.
a delight to hear Dylan take a poke at todays currency for
digs deep and exposes such long forgotten artists including Hurricane
Harry, The Mississippi Sheiks, Cannons Jug Stompers, The
Donays and Shorty Long. Right now you can subscribe to XM radio
for a three-day free trial at their website http://www.xmradio.com/bobdylan/
But unless they start broadcasting over here and the i$land allows
for satellite reception, youll have to search the net to
find a kind soul to share these shows.
last words at shows close: "Heres a tip on how
you can save your money. Use somebody elses." Ho, ho,
on the panels to download artwork.
on the tracks to listen to Episode 13, "Rich Man, Poor Man."
These tracks are no longer available for download.
Miller - The Rich Man and the Poor Man
Bennett - Rags To Riches
Richard - Get Rich Quick
Farmer Boys - Charming Betsy
Crosby - Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
Waits - On The Nickel
John Carson with Moonshine Kate - Taxes On The Farmer Feeds
Armstrong - Hobo You Cant Ride This Train
Guthrie - Do Re Mi
Millet and His Creoles - Rich Woman
Rivers - Poor Side Of Town
King - The Welfare Turns Its Back On You
Jordan - If Youre So Smart, How Come You Aint
Harris - Hobos Lullaby
MAN AND THE POOR MAN
two kind of people, the sinner and the saint;
one that gets and always got while the other poor one ain't.
the rich man drives his Lincoln past the red light with a grin,
the poor man follows right behind in his little hunk of tin.
a motorcycle copper following upon their trail;
the rich man tears his ticket, but the poor man goes to jail.
Oh, the rich
man takes the high road anywhere that he may go,
when the poor man's travelin' he must always take the low.
if you're rich you'll travel snug as peas are in the pod;
the rich man rides a cushion and the poor man rides the rods.
Oh, the rich
man when he's ailing stays at home and calls the doc,
the poor man has to go to work, be in time to punch a clock.
rich man takes his medicine, has his doctors and his nurse;
the rich man he gets better but the poor man he gets worse!
Oh, the rich
man steals a million from the bank that he controls,
the poor man steals a loaf of bread or a penny's worth of rolls.
take them to the courthouse, one is laughing, one's in tears;
the rich man gets an apology while the poor man gets ten years!
Oh, the rich
man gets a lawyer and the lawyer pleads his case,
the poor man asks for sympathy but of that there is no trace.
if you're rich don't worry but the poor must give up hope;
the rich man gets acquitted while the poor man gets the rope!
Oh, the rich
man when he kicks off has a casket made of gold,
the poor man has a wooden box and his grave looks mighty cold.
rich man gets a sermon but here's one thing that's sure,
the rich man takes that last long ride he's as much dead as the
was written in 1932.