Come, you Bloody Minds Look what I done find I done did research IDA exists. Laugh between your walls And sit behind your desks And watch your missiles fall IDA exists.
The value-free school Your mask we see right through The weapons of the Pentagon Their brains procured by you.
Godly Grayson Kirk On the board he knits Smokes upon his pipe While his bombers bite. Problems he assigns: “How to make men die?” Professors they plan Death for Viet Nam.
In ’56 to serve Defense Five schools they did combine Four years later Columbia It joined the Bloody Minds.
City slums they rot Homeless live in lots Atoms to destroy They’re your little toys. Oh, they pay you well To create a hell Did you see the news? Twelve children they slew.
A division Its name Jason In summer they study They meet, they talk They plan, they plot Counter-insurgency.
Lovers they must part Lamps they now are dark Knowledge turned to swords Kirk sits on the board. Schools changed into guns For the Pentagon Students now they learn: How to make kids burn.
You stand in class You spout your facts A” noble scientist.” But then at night You join the fight You do secret research.
Murder poor peasants With the tools you sent Orphan thin children Help the Junta win. Kill them with your mind Paralyze their spines Someday you will die And in slime you’ll lie.
To listen to this protest folk song about Columbia University’s complicity with the U.S. war machine during the Vietnam War Era, you can check out the “Columbia Songs for a Democratic Society” site at the following link:
The Bloody Minds protest folk song was written in a Furnald Hall dormitory room on Columbia University’s campus in March of 1967, after I discovered that Columbia University was an institutional member of the Pentagon’s Institute for Defense Analyses [IDA] weapons research think-tank and that Columbia University President Grayson Kirk was a member of both IDA’s board of trustees and IDA’s executive committee. The Bloody Minds protest folk song was lyrically patterned somewhat after Dylan’s Masters of War protest folk song of the 1960s (which was sung to the melody of the traditional folk song Nottamun Town that Jean Ritchie used to sing in the late 1950s and early 1960s).
IDA continues to exist in 2008, continues to perform weapons research for the U.S. war machine and continues to include representatives from U.S. universities like M.I.T., Harvard, the University of South Carolina and the University of Texas on IDA’s board of trustees. For more information about IDA’s most recent war research in this current 21st-century “era of permanent war”, you can check out IDA’s website at http://www.ida.org/
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