Thursday, November 04, 2004

What I'm Listening to Today

Ok I made the mistake of watching Fahrenheit 9/11 last night and not sure after watching that I will ever feel the same about the lies and deceived that we're fed everyday in our 'so called' free press. Either way your loyalties lie I think everyone should be a bit disturbed by the censorship that seems to have blanketed the main stream media.

So I load up my CD player with some of my favorite CD's and the two songs that stopped me in my tracks are 'Lost in the Flood' and the acoustic version of 'Born in the USA' (if you've never really liked the song give the acoustic version a try....You'll more than likely feel different as the song is not intended to be a celebration song about being born in the USA but a protest song ala Woody Guthrie).

Born down in a dead man's town
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
You end up like a dog that's been beat too much
Till you spend half your life just covering up

CHORUS
Born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.

Got in a little hometown jam
So they put a rifle in my hand
Sent me off to a foreign land
To go and kill the yellow man

CHORUS

Come back home to the refinery
Hiring man says, "Son if it was up to me."
Went down to see my V.A. man
He said, "Son, don't you understand now."

Had a brother at Khe Sahn
Fighting off the Viet Cong
They're still there he's all gone
He had a woman he loved in Saigon
I got a picture of him in her arms now

Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
Out by the gas fires of the refinery
I'm ten years burning down the road
Now here to run ain't got nowhere to go

CHORUS

I'm a long gone Daddy in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A. Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
I'm a cool rocking Daddy in the U.S.A.

Makes you sort of wonder what happened to that American Dream I was promised while growing ? My parents always said 'go to school' and 'work hard' so you can make something of your life while they were busting their asses to give me the best life they could. Bet they didn't think that this country would end up so divided like this and we'd be in another Vietnam. You can keep your head in the sand and pretend it isn't so but maybe if they showed flag draped coffins on television every night like they did when I was a kid (though I didn't understand it much then I just remember everynight the news started with a casualty report and I thought guerrillas were gorilla's from the zoo) more people would get the point? Maybe? How about your parents did they dream about the same things for you?

I dream about the same thing for my kid but am starting to feel like she's going to live her life depending on the latest color coded security warning. We're being held hostage by the constant threat of fear but is the fear real? Or is it just to keep us confused?? Pretty sad state of affairs.

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