May 7 • 4M

New song: "Ballad of the Columbia Eagle"

A song for the most magnificent mutineers of the Merchant Marine that you've never heard of.

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David Rovics
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One of the things I got to do while I was on the east coast last week was spend some time with Al Glatkowski. In March of 1970 he and fellow merchant marine Clyde McKay led a mutiny aboard the SS Columbia Eagle, in an effort to prevent a massive delivery of napalm bombs from reaching Thailand, where the US Air Force would be loading it onto planes in order to drop on Vietnamese villages. I wrote this song over the course of a couple days after I got home from the trip. Here’s the video.