WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS

The Declaration!

Fifty years ago a song by The 5th Dimension, “The Declaration”, made it onto the charts. It was a medley with “A Change Is Gonna Come” (Sam Cooke cover) and “People Gotta Be Free” (Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere). It was part of an album entitled “Portrait” released in April 1970. I still have that album.

The song was particularly appropriate in 1970 in light of social unrest, and maybe more appropriate today. It shows that sometimes prose is greater poetry.

Prudence, indeed
Will dictate that governments
Long established should
Not be changed for light
And transient causes
And accordingly
All experience hath shown

That mankind are
More disposed to suffer
While evils are sufferable
Than to right themselves by
Abolishing the forms to which
They are accustomed

But when a long train
Of abuses and usurpations
Pursuing invariably the same object
Evinces a design to reduce them
Under absolute Despotism

It is their right
It is their duty to
Throw off such government
And to provide new guards
For their future security



Categories: American history, lyrics, Music, Politics, Rich Paschall

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2 replies

  1. 1970 was a big year for me. I had just given birth, my husband had cancer, and I was trying to get my life in some kind of working order. I don’t remember any of the music or even TV shows or movies. All I remember is realizing that my 34 year-old husband had a fatal cancer of the kidneys and I needed a JOB with a SALARY. I think between 1969 and 1987, pop culture just passed me by without even touching me.

    Funny. I remember, when I was a kid, my mother telling me how important it was to have a profession of your own because I should never be entirely dependent on a man. How right she was.

    Thank you for posting this. I’m going (tonight) to repost it for top of the morning tomorrow, too.

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