Sons Of Liberty By Frank Turner

Poetry Of The Deed

2009 | Folk

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“So if ever a man should ask you for your business or your name. -- Tell him to go and fuck himself, tell his friends to do the same. -- Because a man who'd trade his liberty for a safe and dreamless sleep. -- Doesn't deserve the both of them, and neither shall he keep."


  • Unlike Turner's previous solo albums, Poetry of the Deed was rehearsed, arranged and recorded with his full band.
  • The album was produced by Alex Newport, who had worked with acts like At The Drive In, The Mars Volta & Death Cab For Cutie as well as many others.
  • Frank Turner was born in Bahrain where his father worked as an investment banker


Luke Tatum

I might have a new favorite folk song. Wow. "'Cause the people then, they understood what we have since forgot; That the government will only work for its own benefit; And I'd rather stand up naked against the elements alone; Than give the hollow men the right to enter in my house." This is some great stuff! I'm especially fond of the term "hollow men," used here. The state is a soulless organization, and it leaves all it infects soulless. You've met people like this, I can guarantee: They myopically focus one simple action at a time, never seeing the deeper meaning or appreciating the broader scope of anything. They say blandest things imaginable, like: "well, you know, the benefits are good" and "if I stick with it for 3 more years I should be eligible for a promotion." This song also has a bit of a jig feel to it, so it really gets me in a "carpe diem" kind of mood. These people who willingly ingest propaganda, rather than simply tolerating or subscribing to it, are the ones that I imagine as I listen to this. Very good!

Sherry Voluntary

This is a great little tune, with a little bit of history thrown in to boot. All the “patriots” talks with admiration for those who resisted authoritarianism and control in the past, but ask most of the same if individuals have the right to defend themselves against the redcoats of today, and you’ll get a lot of bootlicking doublespeak. Most of the “patriots” of today are the most delusional about their own collaboration with the oppressors. It’s pitiful really, and a really great example of the power of indoctrination.

Nicky P

I'm always a little leery when i see anyone from across the pond being thrust upon with the moniker "libertarian." In general it means something different on this side of the ocean than the other side. Historically it has been a left of center socialist system. Here in America it tends to be deeply intertwined with property rights. I think this song sure as hell seems like it's about protecting property from the government. That's always a solid signal that it's my kind of libertarian. There's nothing groundbreaking here. It's a song version of the common meme "any man who trades freedom for security deserves and will find neither." Still, it's a solid meme and carries with it a message worth spreading.

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