lifeblood: songs: background: shame on you
amy ray quote from 1997-04-04: kwva interview, eugene, oregon:
"well when i started the song, i was really,...i have these friends that are, the 'tanners' that i refer to, umm, i can't (a sighs), we, i can't, i don't know why its in a religious context. they're a very spiritual people and i think we were talking about jesus or something, you know, like the southern jesus (laughs). the river and the baptisms and stuff like that, and i think that i was thinking about that. i think were talking about y'know everybody has been through these things and we all need to be cleansed in our lifetime. its not supposed to be specifically christian, it supposed to be the mythos, the symbolism of it all, but i don't know why those words came out. it ended up being a song about illegal immigration."
amy ray quote from 1997-05: jeff clark keeps 'em coming for amy ray , stomp and stammer:
"i saw this really cool movie called displaced in the new south [by atlanta filmmaker david zeiger], and there was a whole section of it about gainesville, and the poultry industry there and then later on down the road i had heard they were starting to crack down on illegal immigrants up there, working at these factories. but they hassled everyone, and to me, it's like, god, how hypocritical can you get? you're running this chicken [company], you're raking in the millions, you're hiring people for low wages, they have terrible work conditions and the city's making money off it, and at the same time the city's going, 'what are all these illegal immigrants doing here?' what do you think they're doing?! they're working, because somebody else doesn't want the job. all these people complain that all these jobs are being taken away and stuff like that, well, those people are the people that are willing to do it. i don't know enough about it to spout off about it, but that's what i see from the outside."
amy ray quote from 2000-10-03: retrospective liner notes:
"i started this song as a fun sort of romp, but it ended up as a comment on the u.s. govt's position on immigrants. as badly as we treat out hispanic/chicano neighbors, we sure do like salsa and chips. our producer, peter collins, surprised me and invited the brilliant songwriter/activist/rocker, steve earle down to the studio to sing and play on the track."
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