Angela, can you hear the earth is turning?

Angela – John Lennon & Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (1972) 24/96 FLAC HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Angela” was released in the summer of 1972 on John Lennon’s third (or sixth depending on how you wanna count?! 😉 solo album, Some Time In New York City. I used to drive some of my friends (Beatle one’s even! LOL!) crazy back in the day by playing this album way too much and too loud, but I loved the way it sounded and how it rocked and then floated. Elephant’s Memory, in particular the saxophone player (Stan Bronstein) come on like an old steam engine chugging down the tracks!

That so many people disliked this record always dismayed me. It seemed some were unhappy that it wasn’t Imagine II? Actually I always felt that the biggest reason it wasn’t liked was because for too many people it had too much Yoko. Her contributions are part of what make this record special to me at least. I really love the lyrics on much of this album….listen to the beauty in the words in this song.

I was too young to remember the whole Angela Davis thing. She was beautiful, intelligent, passionate and brave…and very controversial. I watched some video of her and liked her even more.

The video is one of my fallback styles for when I’m in a holding pattern for other videos…in this case DANCING GIRLS! Debated using them here, but in the end I just liked how some of the moves went with the song’s guitar work….hope you can dig it? 😉

On release, Some Time in New York City provided a startling contrast for listeners expecting a repeat of the well-received Imagine in 1971. According to author Robert Rodriguez, the new album received “abysmal reviews”. In a scathing critique published in Rolling Stone, Stephen Holden wrote that “the Lennon’s should be commended for their daring”, but not before calling the album “incipient artistic suicide”. Holden added: “except for ‘John Sinclair’ the songs are awful. The tunes are shallow and derivative and the words little more than sloppy nursery-rhymes that patronize the issues and individuals they seek to exalt. Only a monomaniacal smugness could allow the Lennon’s to think that this witless doggerel wouldn’t insult the intelligence and feelings of any audience.”

Dave Marsh wrote a mixed review for Creem, stating that “it’s not half bad. It may be 49.9% bad, but not half.” The Milwaukee Sentinel declared that John and Yoko had produced “another crude, superficial look at trendy leftist politics and have plunged even further into their endless echo chamber”. In the NME, Tony Tyler presented his album review in the form of an open letter, titled “Lennon, you’re a pathetic, ageing revolutionary”. After criticizing Lennon for “the general tastelessness of the presentation”, particularly the album’s lyrics and cover art, Tyler concluded: “Don’t rely on cant and rigidity. Don’t alienate. Stimulate. You know, like you used to.”

More recently, Garry Mulholland of Uncut magazine has described Some Time in New York City as “a contender for the worst LP by a major musical figure, its list of ’70s left-wing clichés hamstrung by the utter absence of conviction within the melodies and lyrics”. Writing in the Boston Phoenix in 2005, Eliot Wilder said that listening to the album was “a painful experience”. Although he conceded that Lennon “had his heart in the right place”, Wilder opined: “these tracks – pedantic, topical, elitist – show that a latter-day Dylan he was not … Refer to the Beatles’ ‘Revolution’ or his own ‘Give Peace a Chance’ if you need a dose of John the Protest Singer.” More impressed, Mark Kemp of Paste considers that “the album has been unfairly chastised”, and he identifies “Woman Is the Nigger of the World” as “one of Lennon’s finest songs” and Ono’s “Born in a Prison” as another highlight.

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[Lyrics]
Angela, they put you in prison
Angela, they shot down your man
Angela, you’re one of the millions
Of political prisoners in the world

Sister, there’s a wind that never dies
Sister, we’re breathing together
Sister, our love and hopes forever
Keep on moving, oh, so slowly in the world

They gave you sunshine
They gave you sea
They gave you everything
But the jail house key

They gave you coffee
They gave you tea
They gave you everything
But equality

Angela, can you hear the earth is turning?
Angela, the world watches you
Angela, you soon will be returning
To your sisters and brothers in the world

Sister, you’re still a people teacher
Sister, your word reaches far
Sister, there’s a million different races
But we all share the same future in the world

They gave you sunshine
They gave you sea
They gave you everything
But the jail house key

They gave you coffee
They gave you tea
They gave you everything
But equality

Angela, they put you in prison
Angela, they shot down your man
Angela, you’re one of the millions
Of political prisoners in the world

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