Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

History major + Dork + Nathaniel = this post.

Aside from the fact that the above equation may contain all blatantly obvious variables, it is not going to stop me from making a historically gratiftying post.

It was on this very day in 1775 that Patrick Henry said:

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!!

What a line! I mean, if you’re looking for the ultimate one liner of the past 231 years… I’m gonna have to say Mr. Henry did a pretty good job nailing that award. Not to mention, that one line was enough fuel to keep a revolution successfully going. In honor of one of my favorite lines (and speech), here are a few tracks that you probably already have, remotely related to that infamous saying. The songs are free; but freedom isn’t free! It’s a buck-o-five, of course.

[MP3] Tracy ChapmanGive Me One Reason
[MP3] MaeAll Deliberate Speed
[MP3] Thievery CorporationLiberation Front
[MP3] My Morning JacketDeath Is The Easy Way Out
[MP3] Eagle*SeagullDeath Could Be at the Door
[MP3] The WeakerthansRinging Of Revolution
[MP3] StarsSoft Revolution

I was trying to think of some other great one liners to compare to this one.

What do you guys think the best one liner of all time is?

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael Quirk March 23, 2006 at 9:41 pm

Bring ‘em on! Just kidding. Fuck GWB.


Nathaniel March 23, 2006 at 9:46 pm

hahahaha. that was a good one.
haha. man..


Ty March 23, 2006 at 10:20 pm

I like the Dead Kennedy’s take on it:
“Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death”

But Henry’s is excellent.


kittenry March 24, 2006 at 12:35 am

I wrote a post about just this very thing once.


David March 24, 2006 at 7:04 am

“git ‘r done” seems to be taking the nation by storm

not my nation, but still


rgsc March 24, 2006 at 10:36 am

Thank for the Weakerthans track – it is new to me and is pretty damn awesome.


janet March 24, 2006 at 11:13 am

Haha you’re not the only history dork. :)


Anonymous March 24, 2006 at 12:45 pm

“Those who would sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither” seems to be popular amongst the current “America-haters” (note sarcasm).

I felt i had to go anonymous because i don’t want my phone tapped!! (like Mr. Michael Quirk’s phone conversations just got a little more crowded).


brian March 24, 2006 at 12:52 pm

Thanks for the Weakerthans song!


Ksquared March 24, 2006 at 3:59 pm

“Ours is essentially a tragic age, but we refuse to take it tragically” D.H. Lawrence


Nathaniel March 24, 2006 at 6:20 pm

nice, i like that one a lot.


Squashed March 24, 2006 at 10:38 pm

I am not sure about the ‘historically” part, but this post is pretty gratifying, if not ironically amusing.


Squashed March 24, 2006 at 10:41 pm

PS. is igif doing thematic playlist now? (I have to warned ya, it’s highly addictive. First you do short mood/texture list, then little commentary list, then structural, pretty soon it’s an elaborate 2 hours list investigating philosophical structure of an era. This gets worst when people actually like the lists.)


heather March 25, 2006 at 2:17 am

History major + Dork + Nathaniel = the best equation ever.

you rock! thanks for being a dork.


Squashed March 25, 2006 at 12:02 pm

My good liner:

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”

-George Orwell quotes


Anonymous March 25, 2006 at 4:36 pm

I hope this doesn’t turn into potential “bloggers want to know” interview post. The mp3 blog scens is ripe for something else beyond simple review. I can feel it. everybody is itching to do more than pelting hype machine.

incidentally, I bet if anybody can pull that interview, it’ll blew blog traffic out of the water. I know I would link to that article like crazy.


Anonymous March 25, 2006 at 6:10 pm

“A man said to the universe, ‘Sir, I exist.’ ‘However,’ replied the universe, ‘that fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.’” -Stephen Crane

A little long, I know, but it felt good to share it.


Anonymous May 7, 2006 at 5:51 pm

“i did not have sexual relations with that woman!”


FAR RIGHT November 16, 2006 at 9:24 pm



Anonymous December 29, 2006 at 2:21 am

hey, is there anyway you could reupload the weakerthans track? I would really like to hear it, can’t find it anywhere! Thanks!


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