Song of the Day #4,385: ‘March March’ – The Chicks

I’m off for a week with my family, vacationing in the mountains of North Carolina. While traveling during the coronavirus pandemic isn’t advised, I think we’re actually safer outside of my home state of Florida, where cases are skyrocketing and the idiot governor has his head in the sand.

This week I’ll feature five new releases from a wide range of artists, offering just a few words about each.

First up are The Chicks, with a powerful song and video titled ‘March March.’ With the release of this video, the former Dixie Chicks announced their new name, changed in order to strip the reference to the Confederate south. The band issued no formal statement about the change, just a single line: “We want to meet this moment.”

With ‘March March,’ and particularly its video, The Chicks have certainly met the moment. This is a powerful piece of work.

[Chorus]
March, march to my own drum
March, march to my own drum
Hey, hey, I’m an army of one
Oh, I’m an army of one
March, march to my own drum
March, march to my own drum
Hey, hey, I’m an army of one
Oh, I’m an army of one

[Verse 1]
Brenda’s packin’ heat ’cause she don’t like Mondays
Underpaid teacher policin’ the hallways
Print yourself a weapon and take it to the gun range
(Ah, cut the shit, you ain’t goin’ to the gun range)
Standin’ with Emma and our sons and daughters
Watchin’ our youth have to solve our problems
I’ll follow them, so who’s comin’ with me?
(Half of you love me, half already hate me)

[Chorus]
March, march to my own drum
March, march to my own drum
Hey, hey, I’m an army of one
Oh, I’m an army of one
March, march to my own drum
March, march to my own drum
Hey, hey, I’m an army of one
Oh, I’m an army of one

[Verse 2]
Tell the ol’ boys in the white bread lobby
What they can and can’t do with their bodies
Temperatures are risin’, cities are sinkin’
(Ah, cut the shit, you know your city is sinkin’)
Lies are truth and truth is fiction
Everybody’s talkin’, who’s gonna listen?
What the hell happened in Helsinki?

[Chorus]
March, march to my own drum
March, march to my own drum
Hey, hey, I’m an army of one
Oh, I’m an army of one
March, march to my own drum
March, march to my own drum
Hey, hey, I’m an army of one
Oh, I’m an army of one

[Instrumental Outro]

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,385: ‘March March’ – The Chicks

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This is a very powerful song and video. As for the band’s name change though, I don’t really get it. I’ve always understood “Dixie” to signify the South, not the Confederacy. I also had assumed the band’s name was taking a swipe at stereotypes as to expectations of what it means to be women musicians from the South. Somehow, by eliminating “Dixie,” the band’s new name, The Chicks, loses that sense of ironic awareness and actually makes the band less “woke.” It feels more like a victory to our “cancel society” than a genuine progressive or productive action.

    • Clay says:

      I’ve never thought much about “Dixie” one way or the other. Some cursory research shows it was pretty intertwined with the Confederacy, and the song started as a minstrel number performed in blackface. So I guess it isn’t all that innocent a reference.

      That said, I agree the band’s use of the word subverts its meaning, if anything. Given their politics, nobody would assume they are celebrating the darker aspects of what Dixie represents.

      It’s kind of like the band The Negro Problem. If it weren’t fronted by a Black man… not OK! Fronted by a Black man who deals with race in his music… OK.

      Plus, The Chicks is a stupid name.

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