December 18, 2011 – 4:33 am

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Haarlem 1971 [no label, 2CD]

Live at De Waag, Haarlem, The Netherlands; February 26, 1971. Excellent FM broadcast.

On my orders, coalition forces have begun striking selected targets of military importance to undermine Saddam Hussein’s ability to wage war. These are opening stages of what will be a broad and concerted campaign… The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder.
- Former US President George Bush declaring war on Iraq, 2003.

It is clear to everyone, unless that person wears blinkers, that this is a war to remove the weapons of mass destruction from Saddam Hussein.
- Former Prime Minister of $ingapore Goh Chok Tong, 2003.

If this [Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction] turns out to be a lie then [Prime Minister] Tony Blair should resign. He should also be prosecuted under international law as a war criminal. If they don’t find any weapons of mass destruction then this war has been based on a pack of lies and they have put all of our sons and daughters lives on the line for a lie.
- Ann Nichol who lost her Royal Marine son John Cecil, 36, in the Iraq war.

On December 15, 2011, the flag of American forces in Iraq was lowered in Baghdad, bringing nearly nine years of US military operations in Iraq to a formal end.

Number of Iraqis slaughtered in US War and Occupation of Iraq - 1,455,590*

Number of US military personnel sacrificed (officially acknowledged) In US War and Occupation of Iraq - 4,801*

Cost of War in Iraq an Afghanistan - US$1,292,622,166,138* (US$1.29 trillion)

Weapons of mass destruction found? - Nil.

*Figure listed at Information Clearing House.

Tom Paxton might be listed as a folk singer but then social activist can also be applied to the singer-songwriter. Sure he may have his lighter moments (Saturday Night) and his concerns at the time of this 1971 concert were environmental - a subject even more pertinent today - and the Vietnam War.

But with the end of the US war on Iraq fresh in the news, Paxton’s songs become a damning criticism and protest against this wasteful and pointless war that was waged on a lie, beginning with General Custer, with its refrain, “He hollered, ‘Give somebody a medal/Give somebody a three day pass/Tell ‘em ’bout a light at the end of the tunnel/And tell him to hold us fast/And pass me my lookin’ glass’”, that could easily be applied to George Bush as well.

Songs such as Talking Vietnam Potluck Blues might have been decidedly about the Vietnam War but again, equally applicable to the war in Iraq; Can’t Help Wonder Where I’m Bound could be about the soldier returning from the war; Whose Garden Was This? - about the destruction of Iraq; and even the innocuous-sounding I Had To Shoot That Rabbit can convey an ominous tone against the Iraqi backdrop.

Yes, the war on Iraq is officially declared at an end, but at what cost and for what purpose?

Thanks to Kneesfudd for sharing the tracks on Dime. Kneesfudd also noted:

Thanks to the original taper and trader! Corrections welcome. Well, what’s another five hours of my life transferring and declicking and cleaning up dropouts for a tape as right on as this one? I might have missed a few spots, but I got most of them. Paxton should have taken more time with this era of his career. Subtract a couple of unnecessarily humorous songs and this basically is better than any album I have heard by him, hands down, though I confess it’s been many a year since “Paxton 6″ has rounded my table. The arrangements do wonders - no studio overkill or solo treading and really transform some of the songs. Also the length of this show keeps Tom from feeling obliged to just play his hits. Should leave the most reluctant in a trance of confirmed interest and looking at their walls of music and wondering why the gaping hole in the Paxton section…

Cover picture by Heinrich Klaffs, posted on the net - thanks!

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Disc 1
Track 101. Can’t Help Wonder Where I’m Bound (7.0MB)
Track 102. Whose Garden Was This? (3.5MB)
Track 103. Saturday Night (5.3MB)
Track 104. Now That I’ve Taken My Life (5.3MB)
Track 105. I’ve Got Nothing But Time (5.0MB)
Track 106. Clarissa Jones (4.8MB)
Track 107. Icarus (5.2MB)
Track 108. General Custer (5.5MB)
Track 109. Leaving London (5.5MB)
Track 110. Mister Blue (3.9MB)
Track 111. Crazy John (for John Lennon) (5.7MB)
Track 112. Talking Vietnam Potluck Blues (5.8MB)
Track 113. About The Children (5.1MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Outward Bound (5.3MB)
Track 202. She’s Far Away (5.1MB)
Track 203. Victoria Dines Alone (4.5MB)
Track 204. How Come The Sun (9.4MB)
Track 205. Cindy’s Crying (9.0MB)
Track 206. My Ramblin’ Boy (5.5MB)
Track 207. The Last Thing On My Mind (5.1MB)
Track 208. I Had To Shoot That Rabbit (4.3MB)
Track 209. Jimmy Newman (6.2MB)
Track 210. All Night Long (encore) (3.8MB)

Tom Paxton - guitar, vocals
David Horowitz - piano
Dave Willis - bass

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  1. 10 Responses to “TOM PAXTON - THE NETHERLANDS 1971”

  2. While I view this site as a music site and not a political opinion/statement sounding board, of course the Iraq war was wasteful. All wars are wasteful. But, of course Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. The only problem was that they got them from the United States when we were helping them against whoever their enemy was at the time when we were allies. Whether or not you like George Bush, he has more class than our present administration who will take every opportunity they can to point the finger of blame at someone else and not take responsibility for anything. Face the fact that their are things that John Q public will never know, is not meant to know and does not really want to know. “You think you can handle the truth?”

    By manofamillionchords on Dec 18, 2011

  3. Hello, manofamillionchords. This side of the site is generally apolitical, we just love great music! The artist’s content invites comment. I think you responded well. The enemy (in the spiritual realm is really Satan,BTW) to Iraq was Iran. They killed alot of people during the 80’s blowing each other up, a Shiite and Sunni war. This info is mainly for younger visitors. Like you said, a lot is hidden. I recommend, The Dark Secret Place, Brian (Iraq war wounded vet) on the air Sundays 2-4PM PT. We can’t understand each other if we are unwilling to listen to each other without prejudgement.

    By 3yrsnojob on Dec 18, 2011

  4. Uh, the listen to each other applies to Americans. The middle east stopped listening a long long time ago (re: Satan).

    By 3yrsnojob on Dec 18, 2011

  5. Excellent quality sound. Iran’s next. Then, some sort of justified invasion into Mexico, with the blessing of the remnant of the reigning Gov’t there. Then, I’m afraid it’s China VS Russia & USA. Followed by a global cival war. Tom never was a great singer, nor song writer. But he was a intregal part of the folk movement, of the 60’s. This concert is way past his bedtime.

    By Timmy on Dec 19, 2011

  6. For what purpose? How ’bout the capture of Saddam Hussein, the biggest eco-terrorist of all-time(remember the destruction of all those oil wells that dumped millions of gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf and burned countless “carbon credits” for months into the ozone. Let’s not forget Saddam’s gassing of 500,000 Kurds (his OWN people). Love him of hate him, Bush TOOK A STAND - unlike the spineless socialist who replaced him.

    Enough about that - thanks BigO for a great post which captured the spirit of its time. 3 yrs is correct - we just love great music!

    By TDC on Dec 21, 2011

  7. “Love him of [sic] hate him, Bush TOOK A STAND”. Yes, so did Adolf Hitler, Stalin, and all the way back through history to Genghis Khan. And of course General Custer, as Paxton’s song reminds us. And only an American could seriously think of President Obama as a socialist. But leaving political debate aside, I would strongly disagree that “Tom never was a great singer, nor song writer”. If he was such a poor songwriter, why have so many other artists covered his songs? Nor are his songs “unnecessarily humorous” - apart from the fact that in the current state of the world we need all the humour we can get, Paxton often uses satire effectively to make a serious point.

    By Rod Parkes on Dec 21, 2011

  8. What a Great Holiday Gift! I heard the Original Broadcast on WBAI-FM in New York. I recorded the Concert on Cassette but I’ve been looking for it in CD/MP3 for (literally) Decades. Thanks!

    By Britinvdon on Dec 26, 2011

  9. Great share of a show I never imagined to be.

    By JALtheImpaler on Feb 6, 2012

  10. Why would you two brainwashed Republitools even be bothering with a Tom Paxton show anyway?

    But I did get some chuckles with these two quotes:

    “George Bush, he has more class than our present administration”

    “Love him of hate him, Bush TOOK A STAND - unlike the spineless socialist who replaced him.”

    Utterly hilarious!

    Bush is an international war criminal, just like Hussein.

    By Silly Rabbit on May 1, 2012

  11. And here I was thinking it would be the US, UK, China, Russia, Australia, and South Korea remnoving the innocents, and closing in to meet (or meat) up for brunch in Rwanda.

    We could split up the spoils of diamonds, fossil fuels, remaining hardwoods and ivory, air drop prisoners from the world’s prisons, and then let the whole continent rot into a permanent prison ala Escape from NY with occasional food drops.

    Silly me

    By Sumdh Umfuqh on Sep 22, 2016

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