Phil Ochs quotes

  • In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Ugly #Protest

  • And if there's any hope for America, it lies in a revolution, and if there's any hope for a revolution in America, it lies in getting Elvis Presley to become Che Guevara.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Lying #Redneck #America

  • One good song with a message can bring a point more deeply to more people than a thousand rallies.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Song #Peace #People

  • In every political community there are varying shades of political opinion. One of the shadiest of these is the liberals. An outspoken group on many subjects. Ten degrees to the left of center in good times. Ten degrees to the right of center if it affects them personally. Here, then, is a lesson in safe logic.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Community #Political #Degrees

  • It's always the old to lead us to the war. It's always the young to fall.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #War #Fall #Young

  • Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make that attempt.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #World #Defeat #Absurdity

  • The final story, the final chapter of western man, I believe, lies in Los Angeles.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Lying #Believe #Men

  • When they show the destruction of society on color TV, I want to be able to look out over Los Angeles and make sure they get it right.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Color #Want #Able

  • Beneath the greatest love lies a hurricane of hate.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Love #Lying #Hate

  • I like Hitler, jolly jolly Hitler.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Evil #Jolly

  • You can do right or you can do what you are told. And the prize of the victory will belong to the bold.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Inspirational #Victory #Prize

  • The people who carried the burden, who marked in strange field in search of an answer, and ended their journeys an unwilling hero.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Inspirational #Hero #Journey

  • The fortunes of the entire world may well ride on the ability of young Americans to face the responsibilities of an old America gone mad.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Responsibility #America #Mad

  • Here's to the State of Mississippi,
    -- Phil Ochs

    #States #Mississippi

  • America is two Mack trucks colliding on a superhighway because all the drivers are on amphetamines.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Two #America #Amphetamines

  • I can spare a dime, brother, but in these morally inflationary times, a dime goes a lot farther if it's demanding work rather than adding to the indignity of relief.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Brother #Dimes #Relief

  • God isn't dead--he's just missing in action.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Missing #Action

  • It is wrong to expect a reward for your struggles. The reward is the act of struggle itself, not what you win. Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make that attempt. That's morality, that's religion. That's art. That's life.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Art #Struggle #Winning

  • A protest song is a song that's so specific that you cannot mistake it for bullshit
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Song #Mistake #Bullshit

  • In the state of Mississippi, Many Years Ago, a boy of 14 years got a taste of Southern law.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Boys #Years #Law

  • In the town of Bethlehem many years ago, a man got religion and he changed the status quo.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Religious #Men #Years

  • Call it peace or call it treason / call it love or call it reason / but I ain't marching anymore
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Reason #Treason

  • And I won't be laughing at the lies when I'm goneAnd I can't question how or when or why when I'm goneCan't live proud enough to die when I'm goneSo I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Lying #Laughing #Proud

  • Show me a country where the bombs had to fallShow me the ruins of buildings so tallAnd I'll show you a young landWith many reasons whyThere but for fortune, go you or IYou or I.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Country #Bombs #Ruins

  • [The Yippie demonstrations] were merely an attack of mental disobedience on an obediently insane society ... and if you feel you have been living in an unreal world for the last couple of years, it is particularly because this power structure has refused to listen to reason ... Step outside the guidelines of the official umpires and make your own rules and your own reality.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Couple #Reality #Years

  • The glory that was Lincoln's never died when he was slain.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Politics #Glory

  • So do your duty, boys, and join with prideServe your country in her suicideFind the flags so you can wave goodbyeBut just before the end even treason might be worth a tryThis country is too young to dieI declare the war is overIt's over, it's over.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Country #War #Boys

  • God help the troubadour who tries to be a star. The more that you try to find success, the more that you will fail.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Success #Stars #Trying

  • So good to be alive when the eulogies are read.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Eulogy #Alive

  • Well I've seen travel in many waysI've traveled in cars and old subwaysBut in Birmingham some people choseTo fly down the street from a fire hose.Doin' some hard travelin'...from hydrants of plenty.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Fire #Car #People

  • I write all my own songs and they are just simple melodies with a lot of lyrics. They usually have to do with current events and what is going on in the news. You can call them topical songs, songs about the news, and then developing into more philosophical songs later.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Song #Philosophical #Writing

  • The painter paints his brushes blackThrough the canvas runs a crackPortrait of the pain never answers back.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Running #Pain #Answers

  • I'm gonna give all I've got to giveCross my heart, and I hope to live.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Heart #Giving #My Heart

  • In the courtroom, watch the balance of the scalesIf the price is right, there's time for more appealsThe strings are pulled, the switch is stayedThe finest lawyers fees are paidAnd a rich man never died upon the chair
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Men #Balance #Watches

  • Oh you tell me that there's danger to the land you call your ownAnd you watch them build the war machine right beside your homeAnd you tell me that you're ready to go marchin' to the warI know you're set for fighting, but what are you fighting for?
    -- Phil Ochs

    #War #Fighting #Land

  • Only as strong as our love for this land, only as tall as we stand.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Strong #Land #Politics

  • One legged veterans will greet the dawn, and they're whistling marches as they mow the lawn, and the gargoyles on sit and grieve.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Grieving #Politics #Gargoyles

  • There is an urgent need for Americans to look deeply into themselves and their actions, and musical poetry is perhaps the most effective mirror available. Every newspaper headline is a potential song.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Song #Mirrors #Musical

  • Leaving America is like losing twenty pounds and finding a new girlfriend.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Girlfriend #America #Leaving

  • The only way to Cuba is with the CIA.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Way #Cuba #Cia

  • Does defending liberalism leave you friendless and perhaps wondering about your breath?
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Doe #Wonder #Liberalism

  • Some people never get their feet on the ground, They're either sitting in a chair or theyre laying down....
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Feet #People #Endurance

  • Show me the prison, Show me the jail, Show me the prisoner whose life has gone stale. And I'll show you a young man with so many reasons why And there, but for fortune, go you or I.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Men #Jail #Gone

  • It is wrong to expect a reward for your struggles. The reward is the act of struggle itself, not what you win.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Struggle #Winning #Politics

  • Evil is done in hopes that evil surrenders, but the deeds of the devil are burned too deep in the embers, and world of hunger in vengeance will always remember.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Forgiveness #Evil #Done

  • Is there anybody here who thinks that following the orders takes away the blame Is there anybody here who wouldn't mind a murder by another name?
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Thinking #Order #Names

  • Love is a rainbow curving down from the sky, falling crystals of color, shades of warm that never die.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Love #Fall #Color

  • I wonder who I left behind on the other side of fame.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Art #Media #Sides

  • She's staring down her desires, while they're staring down her dress.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Art #Media #Desire

  • Mother Goose is on the loose, stealing lines from Lenny Bruce.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Mother #Games #Lines

  • Comfort his family with a telegram, we regret to inform you we lost a man, but we gave him the highest medal of the land.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Regret #Men #Land

  • If you ever get a war without blood and gore, well, I'll be the first to go.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #War #Blood #Politics

  • Maybe we should raise our voices, ask somebody why. But demonstrations are a drag, besides we're much too high.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Voice #Politics #Drag

  • Step outside the guidelines of the official umpires and make your own rules and your own reality.
    -- Phil Ochs

    #Reality #Umpires #Sea

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