Zebra 3 Report by Joe Anybody
Saturday, 15 July 2006
This Land Is Your Land - This Land Is Our Land
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: A short note from Graham Nash And A Music Video on Immigration
Topic: IMMIGRATION

IMMIGRATION 

IMMIGRATION MAN



Video:

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 http://neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/lwwvideos/immigrationman_qt-hi.html

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http://neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/lwwvideos/immigrationman_wm-hi.html 

by Graham Nash, LWW Today
So…. In 1970, there I was at the airport in Vancouver…waiting with the rest of the band to get back into the United States… waiting to go to San Francisco. We'd just done a wonderful show and I was anxious to get back home..
    At the Immigration desk the man was watching me with a look in his eye that meant trouble…..Every one else was let through with a minimum of fuss… then came my turn.
    Now I don't know if Canadian Immigration people have a thing about Englishmen but this guy wasn't about to let me in without a great deal of scrutiny. What I'd done to deserve this ‘special' treatment I don't know but it was taking a long, long time to process me…
    The silly thing was I was being asked for my autograph constantly by people who knew who I was yet the guy, who was watching all this was still giving me a hard time. In 1970 I was, and still am, a hippy and I looked the part. Maybe this was why I was being treated differently.. Frankly this infuriated me.
    Now, I don't know about you, but I don't take rejection well… quite frankly I was not at all happy about this… I was watching the rest of the guys walking down the corridor and I wasn't with them…
    When something affects me like this I have to do something about it and the way I do it is to write..
    We are and have always been a country populated by immigrants. They, without question, helped to build and make this country what it is today.
    On the plane my fury changed into words and by the time I was home this song was almost finished…
    I wrote it in the fly leaf of the book I was reading, a Robert Heinlein book, The Silver Locusts. I have it to this day to remind me of that moment…. The moment that Immigration Man was created.


Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:38 AM PDT
Updated: Saturday, 3 March 2007 5:16 PM PST

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