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TCC Playlist: Airline to Heaven by Billy Bragg and Wilco

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On the album Mermaid Avenue Billy Bragg and Wilco put music to Woody Guthrie’s previously unsung lyrics. The great American folk singer, Guthrie, grew up a Christian in a small town in Oklahoma. He was drawn to the social gospel, and the image of Jesus as the redeemer of the poor and dispossessed. He also had great respect for Judaism. His second wife was Jewish and he co-wrote songs about Judaism with the Yiddish poet Marjorie Mazia. Listen to Jeff Tweedy sing, “Them’s got ears let them hear/ Them’s got eyes let them see/ Turn Your Eyes to the Lord of the skies” here:

 

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