Love Me, I'm a Liberal

Words and Music by Phil Ochs

Lyrics

I cried when they shot Medgar Evers, tears ran down my spine
And I cried when they shot Mister Kennedy as though I'd lost a father of mine
But Malcolm X got what was coming, he got what he asked for this time
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

I go to Civil Rights rallies, and I put down the old D.A.R.
I love Harry and Sidney and Sammy; hope every colored boy becomes a star
But don't talk about revolution, that's going a little bit too far
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

I cheered when Humphrey was chosen, my faith in the system restored
And I'm glad that the Commies were thrown out from the A.F.L.-C.I.O Board
And I love Puerto Ricans and Negroes, as long as they don't move next door
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

Oh, the people of Old Mississippi should all hang their heads in shame
Now I can't understand how their minds work; what's the matter, don't they watch Les Crane?
But if you ask me to bus my children, I hope the cops take down your name
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

Yes, I read New Republic and Nation, I've learned to take every view
I've memorized Lerner and Golden, I feel like I'm almost a Jew
But when it comes to times like Korea*, there's no one more Red, White and Blue
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

I vote for the Democratic Party, they want the U.N. to be strong
I attend all the Pete Seeger concerts, he sure gets me singing those songs
And I'll send all the money you ask for, but don't ask me to come on along
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

Sure, once I was young and impulsive; I wore every conceivable pin
Even went to Socialist meetings, learned all the old Union hymns
Ah, but I've grown older and wiser, and that's why I'm turning you in
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

Notes

Copyright © 1965 BARRICADE MUSIC, INC. (ASCAP)

*later changed to "But when it comes to Asian guerrillas"