Toots & The Maytals – 54 46


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An evening pause: Hat tip Jim Mallamace, who noted that this is “a song about getting arrested for marijuana possession and being given a prison number in the late 60’s.” Jim also added, “The song is meaningful to me because at the end of 2011, I couldn’t imagine the country would re-elect a failed president with a legacy of disastrous economic, domestic, and foreign policies. I thought Mr. Obama would lose by 54 to 46. When he went on to win his second term, 54-46 felt like our prison number for the next 4 years.”

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5 comments

  • wayne

    Wasn’t the Oregon Boundary dispute rallying cry, “54 46 or fight!”

  • Garry

    Close, it was “54 40 or fight,” referring to the latitude of the proposed national border (we ended up at 49, which at least had the benefit of leaving all the Vancouver hippies in Canada).

  • wayne

    Garry–
    You the Man!

  • Kyle

    That’s my number

  • wodun

    Close, it was “54 40 or fight,” referring to the latitude of the proposed national border (we ended up at 49, which at least had the benefit of leaving all the Vancouver hippies in Canada).

    Would a few more even be noticeable?

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