Here are some pages from an odd little booklet in the Alternative Press Collection. Examine these lyrics and try to devise the intent of the songs. As you look at the pages of the “songbook” ask yourself these questions:
Who may have written these lyrics? Do you really think it was people who were someone’s bosses?
What year was this booklet created? What was happening in the world at that time?
Is this written as a satire or do you think the writers meant for the reader to take them at face value? Who do you think the audience for these lyrics was?
What change do you think the writers of the lyrics hoped would take place?
Who is J. Edgar Hoover and why would the songbook be dedicated to him? In the song “The Good Old Party Line” there are references to “’41,” “Willow Run,” and “Chiang Kai Chek.” What do these mean?
I will add some information about the booklet in a post in a few days. In the meantime, analyze this document and ask a lot of questions of it. Let me know if you have other questions, or what your comments may be.
Laura Smith, Curator for Business, Railroad and Labor Collection