50 Phil Ochs Fans Can’t Be Wrong!
I found him by the stage last night
He was breathing his last breath
A bottle of wine and a cigarette
Was all that he had left
I can see you make the music
’cause you carry a guitar
God help the troubadour
Who tries to be a star
G# a g a
So play the chords of love, my friend
Play the chords of pain
If you want to keep your song,
E a g a
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t play the chords of fame
I seen my share of hustlers
As they try to take the world
When they find their melody
They’re surrounded by the girls
But it all fades so quickly
Like a sunny summer day
Reporters ask you questions
They write down what you say
They’ll rob you of your innocence
They will put you up for sale
The more that you will find success
The more that you will fail
I been around, I’ve had my share
And I really can’t complain
But I wonder who I left behind
The other side of fame
Artist: Phil Ochs
Album: Greatest Hits
Commonly regarded as the best song Phil Ochs ever wrote, “Crucifixion” was the closing track of Ochs‘ Pleasures of the Harbor record. Frequently cited as an allusion to the life and death of J.F.K., legend has it that when Ochs performed the song for Robert Kennedy, the democratic candidate was reduced to tears.
Don’t Play The Chords Of Fame!
Paintings of the masters combined with the visual arts of Spadecaller accompany this excellent musical peformance. Lyrics by Phil Ochs.
Pleasures of the Harbor
Phil Ochs wrote this song after watching a John Wayne movie (The Long Voyage Home).