Wednesday, March 11, 2009

i fought the law

Yes, I've been cussed at, fussed at and figuratively beaten around the ears, but after eight years in this job, after seeing America, I know two things... I have never believed so strongly in this nation's future, in the righteousness of its ways as I do and I have never believed so strongly that we must continue to fight so that the law issues from all of the people and not just some.
Janet Reno (b. 1938), former u.s. attorney general

on march 11, 1993 janet reno was confirmed by the u.s. senate making her the first female attorney general for the united states and the second longest serving attorney general in united states history. the only attorney general who was in office longer was william wirt who served under james monroe and john quincy adams (1817-1829).


i fought the law and the law won was first recorded in 1959 by sonny curtis and the crickets, over the years it's been covered by scores of musicians probably because of it's infectious rhythm. however, for me I'll always associate the song with the clash; they recorded the song in 1978 and it instantly became a punk anthem.


photo: detail of mural 'the law' by edwin blashfield in the howard m. metzenbaum u.s. courthouse, also known as the federal building and u.s. courthouse. one day last spring I had a private informal walkabout inside this incredible building. since then I've learned that formal art tours of the building are conducted, which would be great to go on one day. cleveland, june 2008

11 comments:

Reya Mellicker said...

I do love the Clash version, but I also love Eric Clapton's take on it. It's just a great song, let's face it.

R.L. Bourges said...

I agree with Reya on the song - it's great in every incarnation.

re Janet Reno: among the many, many things I admire about this woman is the fact she is one of a handful of politicians who has a) offered real apologies for her mistakes and b) kept on plugging away on those issues that really matter to her - namely, proper funding for juvenile courts and exhonorating the wrongfully jailed through the proper application of DNA sampling. That, to me, is integrity in action.

Love the mural, kimy. You really have an eye for them, don't you?

Salutations graulhétoises.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks, I didn't know clapton covered the song too....am familiar with his I shot the sheriff which has the same jaunty, raucous nature! I'll have to hunt for clapton's cover of I fought the law!.... I like the grateful dead's version but no youtuber captured that!

it does appeal to the jd in all of us, eh?

mouse (aka kimy) said...

rlb - excellent comment about reno, it is what I too admire about her. I hope she is doing okay..... and her health challenges are surmountable.

I do love murals....

bises

Candie Bracci said...

Nice post and great song!

tut-tut said...

Hello, Mouse! Nice musings, as usual. I didn't know the Clash version.

Steve said...

Janet Reno endured a lot, being a target of the fringe right. I agree with RLB -- she was admirable in the way she handled the many issues that dogged her, and I think she always did what she believed to be best.

Roy said...

I almost kinda wish President Obama had tapped Ms Reno to serve again. Not that I don't think Eric Holder isn't a good choice, it's just that I get nostalgic for Janet Reno's DOJ.

Nice video! I liked The Clash.

Dot-Com said...

I love that song. Probably won't be able to get it out of my head now :-)

Megan said...

I'm-a humming it right now!

Janet is one of my heroes.

Thanks, Mouse! Always, always good stuff here.

e said...

Great Kim! I didn't know the Clash had a version of this song, either.