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August 24, 2010 / alunatunes

Chords of Fame


“I can see you make the music
‘Cause you carry a guitar
God help the troubadour
Who tries to be a star.
So play the chords of love, my friend
Play the chords of pain
If you want to keep your song,
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t play the chords of fame”

Phil Ochs

Constantly in the shadow of Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs’ 36 years on this planet resulted in some of the most inspiring music created during the turbulent 60’s.  While Dylan was daring the press to define him, Ochs wore his heart on his sleeve, proudly displaying his beliefs and writing moving and sometime incendiary tunes about the times.  He hanged himself in 1975  in the home of his sister, finally succumbing to the depression that had wreaked havoc on his mind but fired his creativity.

Ochs wrote the lyrically eerie Chords of Fame and the song appeared on a 2 LP compilation released soon after his death.  The song is a warning, urging those who create to do it from a place of love and passion, not for greed or money or fame.

As a nation we’re all gaga over that lady. We revere popular artists who wind up in court or jail. It’s almost an honor medal for a star to be arrested. There is very little honor among thieves and those in the media.

Be sure today as you create, you’re looking for inspiration from a higher source and for the right purpose.  Creativity is a gift of spirit and should be used to spread love and understanding.

Be guided by the stars. Not by stardom.

I found him by the stage last night
He was breathing his last breath
A bottle of wine and a cigarette
Was all that he had left

“I can see you make the music
‘Cause you carry a guitar
God help the troubadour
Who tries to be a star”
So play the chords of love, my friend
Play the chords of pain
If you want to keep your song,
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t play the chords of fame

I seen my share of hustlers
As they try to take the world
When they find their melody
They’re surrounded by the girls
But it all fades so quickly
Like a sunny summer day
Reporters ask you questions
They write down what you say

-Phil Ochs

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  1. alunatunes / Jun 4 2012 4:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Melody Music Studios and commented:

    Bob Dylan just won the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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