Little Steven van Zandt - I Am A Patriot - live 1984 @ Rockpalast (with text of speech).flv
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Uploaded on Jan 10, 2012
Steven's opening speech (integral text here below) to this song is timeless. Being a patriot is about fighting for freedom, truth and justice and not towing the political line. This is why Eddie Vedder and Jackson Browne covered this song... This is the original Little Steven version (with that chilling and - unfortunately - still highly actual opening speech by Steven van Zandt himself...), the Jackson Browne rendition (live @ the Glastonbury Festival, 2010) can also be found on this channel. One more thing...:
I dedicate this upload to "klondike6semperfi", for bringing me "up to speed"... :-)))
Little Steven's Speech:
Some wild things..., goin' on these days...
We got somethin' goin' on in America that's eh, they call it... New Patriotism, you know...
But eh... it don't look like no New Patriotism to me, it looks like Blind Nationalism, you know...
And that ain't right, that ain't what Patriotism is all about...
It ain't about accepting... everything you hear on television and everything your government tells you, that ain't being a Good Patriot...
Bein' a good patriot means you question EVERY motherfucker everywhere, everytime!!
Make sure your country stays your country.
And I don't mean you stop bein' a member of the world-community, either...
And assure you about Parties, you know, loyalty to the Party instead of loyalty to the Truth...
But if we don't like things..., it's up to us, to change things, you know...
Politics ain't nothin' to be scared of, you know, it's just Freedom, and Human Rights and Democracy, that's all it's about...
That's Righteous Politics... And we are the righteous, right here, right !?
Everybody could sing this song with us...
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