Will Oldham – “In Good Faith”

Will Oldham, the musician and actor behind Bonnie “Prince” Billy and many other creative ventures, has done an interview and recording session with the website Fogged Clarity each January for the past five years. His latest interview is online today, and along with it comes “In Good Faith,” a new Oldham song addressing the 2016 presidential election. Oldham also discusses the American political situation in the interview, which happened two days ago upon his return from vacation in Jamaica. The conversation raises more questions than it presents answers, but Oldham does offer some firm proclamations such as this:

One of more horrific public figures represented in American politics is our dear Mitch McConnell from Kentucky. He’s much more frightening and angering and repulsive and horrific than Donald Trump is to me and I would say the inaction that would come and the willful ignorance that folks would continue to bask in, and/or wallow in–if someone like Hillary Clinton were elected–is maybe considerably more terrible and arguably evil than what results from the election of this weird character that’s been elected.

Read the interview here, and hear “In Good Faith” below.

Lyrics:

In good faith:
Rocks are buried beneath tons of earth to become diamonds
With the gift of the sunlight the kudzu vine goes climbing
I open my heart to a world not of my making
We open our eyes to another morning breaking

In good faith:
We place our hands on the faces of our mothers
We do what we can to lift fear from the minds of our brothers
Instruments play songs brought forth from the hearts of their makers
These vibrations resound bringing union and love to all takers

In good faith:
We went to the polls so the world would know our choices
Our freedom was sold as the world ignores our voices
A hammer will come to smite the bewildered millions
A new crop will rise, a bodiless swarm of fresh children

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