"Liberty" by Jim Makris


When USS Liberty was attacked by Israel on June 8, 1967, Jim Makris was a 20-year-old seaman aboard the fleet tug USS Papago. Papago and her crew raced to the aid of the stricken ship and spent the next several weeks befriending and helping care for the wounded, short-handed and heartsick crew. Jim and his Papago shipmates stayed with the Liberty for the long trip from Gaza to the repair facility at Malta, and then accompanied the ship back across the Atlantic to her home port in Norfolk, Virginia. He has some awful memories of the damage, the carnage, and the cleanup.

Now, 32 years later, he is a successful folksinger and songwriter in New Hampshire, where he makes his home. The Liberty experience has never left him. Recently he released the first CD of his music, entitled "Liberty" after the title song of the collection, his tribute to USS Liberty which made such an impression on him in 1967.

Mr. Makris appears regularly in coffeehouses, pubs, restaurants, galleries, festivals and churches throughout New England and especially near his home in the Belmont area. Concerts are held on the first Friday of each month at the Unitarian Church, 172 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH, from 8:00 to 10:00PM. Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for children. For further information call 603 524-6488 or 603 524-1765.

The CD is available to the public for $12 for one or $20 for two, including postage. To purchase, send payment Jim Makris, POB 7561, Gilford, NH 03247-7561. Questions: email mlnium@lr.net.

Mr. Makris has kindly consented to allow generous portions of the CD to be made available here for his Liberty friends to enjoy. The music is in Real Audio format. To listen, the RealAudio plugin must be installed in your browser. This may be downloaded at no cost from RealNetworks. To download the free player, click the RealPlayer icon below, then select "RealPlayer Basic Beta". For the full featured paid version, select "Real Player Plus"

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And now for the music!

© Jim Makris 2000

  1. "Angel of the Night"

  2. "Fan Letter"

  3. "Liberty" - Jim's special tribute to the USS Liberty

  4. "Sugar and Honeybear"

  5. "Walk into the Night"

  6. "Time and Time Again"

  7. "Knowing all That I Know"

  8. "Someone New"

  9. "One Foot on the Gas"

  10. "My Little Girl"

  11. "Ancient Highway"

  12. "Crazy Heart of Mine"

  13. "We Had it Right"

  14. "Solo Guitar"

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