I got fury in my soul, fury’s gonna take me to the glory goal.
In my mind I can’t study war no more.
Save the people! Save the children! Save the country now!
Laura Nyro is an artist I have dearly loved since the ’60s. Here she is singing one of her greatest songs, “Save the Country.” The video is from a live performance in 1970. Nyro was one of those truly great musicians who was so talented, so genre-spanning, so brilliant, and who had so much integrity, that she never received mainstream attention as a performer in her own right. She wrote many songs everybody recognizes now, hears playing all over the place — Stone Soul Picnic, Sweet Blindness, Eli’s Comin — without realizing who wrote them, songs usually made popular by other performers who were really not even in Laura Nyro’s league, however successful or well-known they may have been.
An anti-war activist, animal rights activist and feminist all of her life, she died a few years back in her 60s of ovarian cancer. She left her woman partner and a son. I miss her, and have every CD she ever made, and I listen to them all the time. There is nobody like her. No music lifts my spirits quite like hers.