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It’s getting very difficult to feel we’re really free

We need a man like Paul Revere who’ll fight for liberty

Ronald Reagan is the guy

Who will arouse the countryside

Americans can point with pride

To our modern Paul Revere

The most successful of the artists represented on “Freedom Is A Hammer” — the title is borrowed from Miss Vanderlaan’s now-forgotten rejoinder to the Pete Seeger classic “If I Had A Hammer” — was Tony Dolan. A Connecticut native and disaffected JFK supporter, Mr. Dolan was a sophomore at Yale who was teaching guitar professionally when he cut his lone LP, “Cry, The Beloved Country,” in late 1967. Billed as “ten timely and provocative songs,” the album sported liner notes by fellow Yalie William F. Buckley, Jr. and offered Mr. Dolan a platform, as he told the Yale Daily News at the time, “to show that conservatism swings.”

Writing from the point of view of the Misguided Liberal, as Miss Vanderlaan had in “Let’s Pretend,” Mr. Dolan defends the House Committee on Un-American Activities in his signature tune, “Abolish, Abolish!”

It violates our rights

We cannot sleep at nights

It would even shave my goatee if it could

It calls the Commies evil

When they’re just misunderstood

It investigates the Nazis

And it asks about the Commies

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