(chorus) The Hollywood Ten Were labeled “Reds” And Washington Jailed all of them.
(verses) Once the movies they were written well And real feelings touched your heart and mind Then an Inquisition began And the ones with talent all got expelled. (chorus)
Their crime was their social awareness And not being just careerist Friends of labor and all oppressed The courts were used to make their lives a mess. (chorus)
Ain’t it plain when you walk into the theatre That the films they show just mask all the lies The plots don’t ring very true The hacks who write them seem so very blind. (chorus)
The U.S. courts and HUAC committees The right-wing answer to good minds To make a war they must control the culture And wreck a lot of literary lives. (chorus)
The Hollywood Ten was written during the late 1970s after reading books by Alvah Bessie, John Howard Lawson, Dalton Trumbo and Herbert Biberman, a biography of Dalton Trumbo and watching the 1950s film Salt of the Earth a few times.
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