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1776

Janis Ian

Back in seventeen hundred seventy-six
We got tired of taking orders from the rich
So we drowned a little tea, and we made some history
Why did we resist? Just remember this

Everyone in government was white
Women had to fight for every right
The news was full of lies to confuse and terrorize
while the rich stayed rich, and the poor were neutralized

Laws were passed without a rhyme or reason
and when we disagreed, they called it treason

The king began to take away our rights
He taxed us once, and then he taxed us twice
His tantrums were notorious, even when victorious
and nothing satisfied his appetite

Those who said "This ruler is psychotic"
were told "You aren't very patriotic"

He turned us into immigrants with callous treachery
We went from being citizens to being refugees
But the immigrants became Americans by name
and freed us from the yoke of tyranny
I'm so glad it's only ancient history
'cause it could never happen here to me

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Tour Dates

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All tour dates updated on April 13, 2018

  • Friday, June 22

    Evans Ampitheatre, Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, OH, N/A

    Evans Ampitheatre, Cain Park

    Cleveland Heights, OH, N/A

    Phone: (216) 371-3000

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    Janis will appear with old friend Susan Werner - expect some good times!

  • Sunday June 24

    Martin Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, Illinois,

    Martin Theatre, Ravinia Festival

    Highland Park, Illinois,

    Phone: (847) 266-5000

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    Janis will be making a rare appearance as part of the 2018 Ravinia Festival, in the historic Martin Theatre. This theatre is the only building that still remains from the original Ravinia Park, which opened in 1904. Lovingly restored, it's long been on Janis' "wish list" of venues, and finally, that wish has come true!! 

  • Thursday July 12

    Britt Festival, Jacksonville, Oregon

    Britt Festival

    Jacksonville, Oregon

    Phone: 800-882-7488

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    Longtime friends Arlo and Janis finally team up for a show together! They first met in 1967, when they co-presented the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album. "Shows like this are the reason I keep performing," says Janis. "For the chance to work with someone like Arlo, and have a good time in Oregon!"

  • Sunday, August 5th, 2018

    Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Cambridge Folk Festival

    Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Phone: 01223 357851

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  • Wednesday August 8 SOLD OUT

    Tivolo Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland

    Tivolo Vredenburg

    Utrecht, Holland

    Phone: +3130 – 2314544

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    Solo Concert - first Utrecht show since 2004, first appearance in Holland since 2011!!

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