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Tom Maxwell occupies Christmas, with a little help from Charles Dickens

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Just in time for Christmas, former Squirrel Nut Zipper Tom Maxwell has released "Jacob Marley" -- a song in tune with the times in this year of Occupation. In a statement, Maxwell explains the song's origins:

I wrote "Jacob Marley" after the economy tanked and the banks got bailed out. It was a disaster -- and rip off -- of almost mythic proportions. In the song, cultural icons like Brother Rabbit (a nod to Br'er Rabbit from the "Uncle Remus" stories) and Jacob Marley (Scrooge's dead business parter and spiritual benefactor in "A Christmas Carol") appear but can't change the situation.

Maxwell calls the Occupy movement America's "last best hope" to turn the country around, adding that, "Jacob Marley may not come back again, but we can handle this one on our own." Meantime, you can download "Jacob Marley" from iTunes here; or sample a live performance of it from earlier this year here.

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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.