Stuff it, Joan Baez?
When one thinks of folk music and the 1960s, it’s all civil rights and peace and love and… well, not universally. Janet Greene isn’t well known but sings here about a folkie supposedly duped by the beard of Karl Marx. The tune satirizes coffee shop folk singers, and even reviews the Marxist concept of “dialectical materialism,” in which economic systems progress and change, ultimately transforming to the selflessness utopia of communism. Greene suggests that the real motivation for support of this ideology is the folk singer’s lack of success in life: he’s a “frustrated heel,” looking for a political scapegoat (capitalism) to blame. There is an irony here given Greene’s obscurity! Still, let’s consider her mildly refreshing if folk music too often sticks to one side of the political spectrum.
She also gets animated on this topic with Commie Lies.