The Dazed & Confuzed album in the WoodSongs 4 Book

Is an album that reintroduces the musical role of the folksinger in the 21st century, featuring The STATUE, a song about the symbols of racism and hatred, political divide remaining between people and communities, black and white, conservative and liberal. It is a lyrical condemnation of prejudice and racism and the hurt it causes.

TEACHERS and HOME SCHOOL PARENTS: see below OR visit THE STATUE section at download center for lesson plans



The Statue, audio


WATCH the music video for The Statue below: filmed on location in Union, WV, Charlottesville VA and Paris, KY. Lincoln and MLK narration by Josh White Jr.

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The Meaning of the Lyrics and Video

“You use a mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” – George Bernard Shaw. It means that Art is not supposed to be obvious. So don’t be surprised if some can’t understand the song or the video at first. Many will view it from the prism of their past experiences, and miss the point completely.

The video opens with the words of Abraham Lincoln who set the template for the new America, the new society … and ends with the words of Martin Luther King Jr who shows that we really haven’t achieved that goal of peace between communities. The video uses bold imagery to show the foolishness and injury of racism. The confederate flag, a symbol of hurt to many, is used as a tool of comfort, there-bye removing its power as a symbol of hurt. As the woman steps out of the cabin she enters 2019 to see the issues that injured the child are STILL being fought with violence. Nothing has been learned and instead of helping, people take pictures with their cell phones. In the end she lays the lifeless body of the child at the feet of the statue as a statement against the violence and hurt she sees.


“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” As explained by President Lyndon B. Johnson during an interview with reporter Bill Moyers

“You hung your soul from the limb of a tree …” conjures up the hatred between the races, but it is NOT about hanging slaves. It is what the white race did to THEMSELVES by those acts of violence. They may have hung a black man’s body … but they actually hung their own souls, their own consciences from the limb of those same trees.

“You might pull it down but the rope remains around the neck of Robert E. Lee …” makes the poetic point that pulling down a statue does not remove the REASON it’s there. We learned in Charlottesville VA that a piece of rock, a carved image of marble, is not a important as the anger and emotion it represents.


The School Lesson Plans

WS23 THE STATUE music video about racism and violence

We live in a divided time, with divided communities. Anger, distrust and violence is everywhere and … yes … it affects these kids. They want an honest conversation about what is really happening to their neighborhoods, hometowns and nation. This is a music video that begins during the Civil War and ends in modern times, using the SYMBOLS of hate and prejudice to guide a conversation about love and healing.






Michael Johnathon
Martin 0000-28s, 000-28s, D28s, Vega longneck banjo,
Warren May dulcimer, piano, Franzke mandolin,
tamborine, harmonica, Vietnamese bells

JP Pennington – electric guitar, vocals
Rob Ickes – dobro
Bob Bryant – bass
John Johnson – drums, tamborine, shaker
Kristy Kirsh – flutes and recorders
Melissa Deaton, Vicky Myers, Alice White – vocals
Lee Carroll – piano, Hammond B3
Isaac May – Franzke mandolin
Ruth McLain – upright bass, vocals
JR Williams – banjo
Al White – mandolin