Sue Jeffers

Sue Jeffers

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Insurgent Folk

Biography

Sue Jeffers is an insurgent folk artist from Kent, OH. Her catalog includes over 60 original songs, ranging from
hardhitting political commentary and social satire to more personal tales of life and love. She was subverted early on by the likes
of Woody and Arlo Guthrie , Buffy Sainte-Marie, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez. Some later influences have been the Indigo Girls, Billy
Bragg and Tracy Chapman.

Sue has performed from the jail cells of Cleveland to the beaches of San Diego and many points in between. She has been
part of workshops at the Kent State Folk Festival, showcased at the Philadelphia Music Conference and the International Folk Alliance Conference. At the annual Kent State May 4th 1970 Commemorations she has shared the stage with Country Joe McDonald and
Robert Lockwood Jr.. Sue is performing member of Indiegrrl, a member of the GoGirls network and the Folk Alliance.

Sue has released 5 projects on her own label, FBI Records. Her latest effort, "Welcome Home" will be released in July 2003. Her music is also included on the Indiegrrl Vol. I & III Compilation CD's, Ground Zero - a compilation from Musician's For Peace, and "Stoking the Fires of Resistance" - a benefit cd for Voices in the Wilderness.

Lyrics

Yelling for War

Written By: Sue Jeffers

i keep seeing shots of people both here and there
carrying their presidents on a stick
these old men using people's lives on both sides of the line
to play their politics
and they're yelling for war, yelling for war

i hear the news they managed to update the boots
for those who lead this war
yeah the technology's changed but the thinking's still the same
as in all the other wars that we've ever fought before so we're
yelling for more

i hear the preachers on the television recreating their religion
trying to sanctify their fears
and everyone is looking for someone else to blame
for the evil that we've had a hand in for all these years
so we're yelling for war

i've heard people who i thought were sane
cheering for killing terror and pain falling on those they don't know
'cause they're scared for themselves and they're scared for their friends
so they're looking to someone who claims that he knows why
we're yelling for war

tonight the first american to be buried by this war was given his salute
the grandson and the son of those who were asked to fight before
and we're still looking for reasons for what these men were asked to do
so we're yelling for more

we've been manipulated, terrorized, cheated and abused
asked to do things we can't explain
so people cheer a killing field their friends and family walk
because they're told by their leaders it will help to stop the pain
caused by yelling for war

the generals keep telling us the children that we kill
are collateral damage or just mistakes
we've been taken to the point our humanity is lost
and we've got to help each other to find out what it takes to stop
yelling for war
stop yelling for war

Eat the Rich

Written By: Sue Jeffers


well you know it doesn't make me feel better to hear
that along with his new orders for the world
the president has said that no one in russia will starve this year
and you know it doesn't make me feel any better
that somewhere on the corner of wall street and the 5th street park
in between the soup line and the presidential yacht
i lost a friend
leaning on the sidewalk there, he lost himself

well he said, i'm not feeling much better today
i'm starting to feel crushed and i got nowhere to go
used to feel that someday i'd be able to get home
now i just feel beat
well you know it was the last time that i saw him
it was starting to get cold, he'd stopped talking 'bout a home
somewhere in the night was when he left the world alone
next morning the city crew took in another john doe

so you know it doesn't make me feel any better to hear about
an evening in the banquet hall at a thousand bucks a plate
a hundred rich white men all sitting round talking about just how great this country is
but they can't say that no one in hillcrest will starve this year

so you know it doesn't make me feel any better to hear
that along with his new orders for the world the president has said
that no one in russia will starve this year
when he can't even say that no one in cleveland will starve this year
no one in dc will starve this year
no one in kent will starve this year....

Postcard to Encinitas

Written By: Sue Jeffers


well then again thinking about it now
i guess that i might have been wrong
didn't mind coming without you
i never thought i'd be gone so long
and i don't know what you've put behind you now
but nothings changed about me
i feel like everything's changing without me now
feel like i'm chasing ghosts
well i wish we were out at the teahouse tonight
but i'm two thousand miles from there
looking for some pot or a friend i know
just finding drunks with nothing to say
they all seem to have the same lines to try
but they don't change a thing for me
i feel like everything's changing without me now
feel like i'm chasing ghosts
theres not much to say about it now
guess its time to start moving on
still i wish you'd changed your mind
if i'd asked you one more time
but we both know that song
and i don't know what you've put behind you now
but something's changed about me
cause when i think about trying to find you now
i know i'm just chasing ghosts

Discography

To the Kitchen & Back - LP
Revolution - LP
Cowboys in the Dust - LP
One Man's Ceiling is just Another One's Door - LP
Out of the Bus-LP
Welcome Home - LP

Included on:
Indiegrrl Compilation Vol I && Vol III
Ground Zero - Musicians for Peace Compilation
Stoking the Fires of Resistance - benefit CD

Streaming Audio available at http://www.fbirecords.com
http://www.soundclick.com
http://www.mp3.com

Songs from "One Man's Ceiling" and "Welcome Home" have
had international airplay

Set List

Set list and times are flexible, and vary according to venue request.
in general i do 2 1 hour sets, or 3 sets at 45 min each.

The bulk of the material is original. Occasionally will include a cover of a woody guthrie, phil ochs, jean ritchie or leonard cohen tune.