Monday, November 17, 2008

Song Spotlight: Anna is a Stool Pigeon


One of the things I love most about music is it's ability to tell a story. These storeys can be tales of love and loss, or of deep seeded desire. They can be epic tales of huge things done by otherwise unlikely people, or horrifying tales of despicable things perpetrated against the possibly innocent. No one does these types of songs better than Bob Dylan, and sadly, few, if any, try to write them in this day and age. That's why I haven't been able to stop listening to Tom Gabel's new song "Anna is a Stool Pigeon" which tells the tale of Eric McDavid, a left wing fanatic who was brought down by an FBI informant codenamed Anna.

From all I've read, I would have to think that Eric and his band of anarchists were well on their way to doing something that would have landed them in jail all on their own. However, the FBI decided to speed up the process by sending in this Anna, a 20 year old bent on bringing down some hippies. I don't support the methods that ultra left-wing groups use to make their points, but I sure don't support the kind of overreaching that has the FBI send a cute little girl in to fund, supply and all but lead one of the aforementioned groups. It's entrapment pure and simple, and it goes against everything the ultra right-wingers who led this charge say they stand for.

But that's all for you to sort out in your own mind and make your own decisions about. Tom Gabel did his part by writing the song, to get the story out there just like Dylan did with "Hurricane" or Paul Kelly did with "From Little Things, Big Things Grow." Here are the lyrics:

Eric, Ren and Jensen were activists
Heads loaded with theory, their hearts are filled with passion
Shared the same left wing politics
Liked the same music, they were part of the protest movement
Now, Anna presented herself as a feminist
Studied the way they talked and dressed
Fashioned herself an anarchist
Eric fell in love with Anna at the meeting of the CrimethInc. conference
He didn't know it but Anna was an FBI informant

Eric fell in love with an FBI informant
Shared his dreams of revolution
Now he's sitting in solitary confinement
Be careful what you think
Be careful what you say
It might be used against you in court one day
Well Anna thinks she's a hawk
She's just a fucking snitch

The headlines called them the believers
Comparisons were made to a terrorist organization
Well Anna had the car, Anna paid the rent
Anna helped find the recipe to make the explosives
She encouraged her friends to follow through with their plans
They were gonna build a bomb and blow up the Nimbus Dam
Their conversations were being recorded
They didn't know it but Anna was an FBI informant

Eric fell in love with an FBI informant
Shared his dreams of revolution
Now he's sitting in solitary confinement
Be careful what you think
Be careful what you say
It might be used against you in court one day
Well Anna thinks she's a hawk
She's just a fucking snitch

Black suburbans and AR-15 rifles
Agents made their arrests in a K-Mart parking lot
Caught with the supplies for the bomb in hand
The three were charged with conspiracy against the government
Ren and Jensen traded testimony in exchange for leniency
Eric was sentenced to twenty years in the penitentiary
Eric, Ren and Jensen were activists
They didn't know it but Anna was an FBI informant

Eric fell in love with an FBI informant
Shared his dreams of revolution
Now he's sitting in solitary confinement
Be careful what you think
Be careful what you say
It might be used against you in court one day
Well Anna thinks she's a hawk
She's just a fucking snitch
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