Thursday, June 19, 2008

Won't you please not?

In the Post's entertainment section, a piece on DNC protest group Come Up to Denver and their new song:

We can change the world.

That's the mantra of Come Up to Denver, a self-described "group of diverse people that have come together to promote the DNC Counter Convention, a networking opportunity for activists around the country."

Rocker Graham Nash wrote "Chicago" after the turbulent 1968 Democratic National Convention. The lyrics — "Won't you please come to Chicago/No one else can take your place/ We can change the world/ Rearrange the world" — became a peacenik anthem that still swims in my head (although younger reporters here at the Post have never heard of it and begged me not to sing it to them).

Come Up to Denver mouthpiece Laura Kriho says she obtained permission from Nash to rewrite the song to "Won't you please come up to Denver" — and you can see a video of the band Freedom Kage performing it at The video shows scenes from Chicago, Abu Ghraib, Iraq — and Denver. There's also a shot of Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley that flips to a pic of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

Here's Freedom Kage (lousy band name):

Lousy tune.

The Denver footage apparently was taken during the protest last March.

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