October 11, 2011

"I was thinking about Baader-Meinhof. Patty Hearst. Tompkins Square. This a song about living in Alphabet City."

So said David Byrne, explaining his song "Life During Wartime." I'm thinking about that song today because I'm reading Greg Mitchell's blog — OccupyUSA — in The Nation:
Today’s song pick for Occupyers everywhere: Talking Heads’ classic “Life During Wartime.”
Here are some of the lyrics to the song:
Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons,
packed up and ready to go
Heard of some gravesites, out by the highway,
a place where nobody knows
The sound of gunfire, off in the distance,
I'm getting used to it now...
Heard about Houston? Heard about Detroit?
Heard about Pittsburgh, P. A.?
You oughta know not to stand by the window
somebody might see you up there
So... what kind of mood are you going for there, Greg? Creepy? Paranoid? Genuinely threatening violence? Or just stupid?

Now, "Life During Wartime" is a great song. I played it all the time back in the 1970s when it first came out. Like Greg Mitchell, I'm old. (I was born in 1951, and he was born in 1947.) Unlike Greg Mitchell, I can't imagine telling young people today to adopt one of the great old songs of my youth as their present-day music to protest by.

I like to think that young people today have built up plenty of resistance to the nostalgia of Baby Boomers. The Revolution Chic of my generation-mates is not cute and not cool. It's embarrassing and dumb.

Think for yourselves, people.

86 comments:

richard mcenroe said...

Actually,the kids I meet today can't stand most of the modern music, and actually prefer older stuff. If that's true in trendoid LA, I can't imagine it's much different elsewhere.

richard mcenroe said...

Doesn't mean I can pimp them the Residents worth a damn tho.

traditionalguy said...

Start with tribal group chants of Kill the Pig. Kill the Pig.

Then proofs of manhood to the tribe by initiation rites of killing strangers.

Then bring back scalps to prove the sacrificial deaths have been made.

People haven't changed much here since Columbus hit the New World by accident while looking for Japan.

Original Mike said...

"Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons,
packed up and ready to go"


Yep, just like the Tea Party. I'm seein' it (not).

ricpic said...

Always and everywhere the criminoid leftist hippy class is romanticized. And the young, those children, are so easily gulled into thinking that that's where it's at. The miracle is that decency survives at all.

SteveR said...

This ain't no party..

Scott M said...

They're bitching about the rich being rich. Someone should suggest "Once In A Lifetime". Their zombie chants would go well with Byrne's movements from the original video.

(the best-ever T.H. tune, btw)

David Byrne was, is, and always will be a genius.

Peter Friedman said...

Why, Professor, do you assume this movement consists of the same age cohort as did the ant-war movement of your youth? Your male peers were subject to the draft to fight a stupid war, but there are even a hell of a lot of baby-boomers who are fed up with the way our country has become the tool of markets rather than of people.

Der Hahn said...

Gotta agree with richard.

As an early Gen-Xer (1962) I've got plenty of resistance to Boomer nostalgia.

As the parent of a Gen-Yer (198) I'd have to say they don't have as much.

Henry said...

Today’s song pick for Occupyers everywhere: You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly! by Sammy Cahn and Sammy Fain.

Scott M said...

there are even a hell of a lot of baby-boomers who are fed up with the way our country has become the tool of markets rather than of people

Markets have never initiated a pogrom, marched people off to the ovens, or caused mass starvation as the kicking off point of the next Great Leap. People have. Many times.

In the context of your statement, I would rather be a tool of the market than a tool of some person. You say "people", but "people" are prone to flock and flocks need leaders. Leaders can, of course, get Very Bad.

Moose said...

makes me think of the OWS people.

C R Krieger said...

I don't know the song.  I didn't listen to much music in those days.  That said, "Baader-Meinhof" resonates with me.  I was in Germany in the late '60s and mid-80s.  I remember my Brother telling me his security office telling him he shouldn't visit me at Ramstein because of the terrorist threat.  At the same time we were letting our youngest drive all over.  His biggest threat turned out to be a wild boar.  Cost me $1,500, as I recall.

But, it could go bad.  We could become the Germany of the 1920s or a new Huey P Long could spring up.  I hope someone comes up with a solution to our economic problems soon.  I am not counting on either Lord Keynes or Paul Krugman.

Regards  —  Cliff

Kurt said...

This ain't no party! This ain't no disco! This ain't no fooling around!

phx said...
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YoungHegelian said...

Into the blue again
After the money's gone....

There's a part of the Left that realizes that this is a center right country, and that they must live in political exile amongst their fellow citizens, who will never see things their way.

And then there's the (even more) delusional wing of the Left, that thinks if it's all just explained properly, or if there's just the right crisis (because the Depression just wasn't crisis enough), it'll all swing their way.

Mitchell seems to be in the latter camp.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

My nineteen-year-old son, a talented rock guitarist, only listens to the classics-- Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Yes, Hendrix, the Who. But then he's pretty apolitical. Coincidentally, he's just discovering the Talking Heads.

Fred4Pres said...

I liked Life During Wartime. I was a teenager and going to Alphabet City was sort of dangerous back then. The song has held up well over time.

Oclarki said...

Peter -

Maybe if your generation would have listened to the generation who survived the great depression and defeated facism we wouldn't be in this position. Instead you decided anyone over 30 was an idiot, and that all the accumulated wisdom of society was out of date. So thanks for nothing.

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Peter Friedman said...

"Markets have never initiated a pogrom, marched people off to the ovens, or caused mass starvation . . . "

Really? Markets are people acting for profit above all else. You really thing markets haven't driven atrocities? Tell it to King Leopold's colonial subjects.

Fred4Pres said...

Henry, nice pick of the Swedish version. But this sums up those folks *ahem* who got glamored with Obama in 2008.

Henry said...

Show tunes is where it's at.

Fred4Pres said...

Show tunes?

Did someone mention Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi?

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Scott M said...

Tell it to King Leopold's colonial subjects

There are no absolutes, obviously, and there is no perfect way of doing things. It's all a matter of magnitude. The mind reels that you would compare Leopold's body counts to Stalin, Hitler and Mao.

Surfed said...

Today's generation doesn't have Bob or the Beatles. Much less the MC5... I'm guessing they're listening to Jack's Mannequin?

William said...

I don't know if chic is the right modifier. Chic implies something transient and fashionable, but it has been going on at least since Byron. Every young person likes to believe that he has invented sex and political purity. They fall not into revolutionary chic, but into revolutionary cliche.

William said...

Leopold's crimes: The west is judged by its worse crimes. The left is judged by the beauty of its rhetoric.

Hoosier Daddy said...

"... In the context of your statement, I would rather be a tool of the market than a tool of some person. You say "people", but "people" are prone to flock and flocks need leaders. Leaders can, of course, get Very Bad..."

And this comment laddies and gents is what what distinguishes a clear thinking person from the bongo banging dolts marching around Wall Street.

gutless said...

I like a good song as much as the next guy but how do you beat a photo of a man crapping on a police car?

BJM said...

The useful idiots mewling about revolution on their iPhones should refer to this image and these from the 70's rather than song lyrics...and if they think the term "American Autumn" being bantered about relates to the so-called "Arab Spring" then they're in for a bigger surprise than the Egyptian Street.

Crunchy Frog said...

Not quite as early (1966) GenXer here. Grew up hating the boomers with a passion. Wondered why everyone idolized these protest singers that couldn't actually sing - Dylan, Young, Joplin, Mitchell. It was worse than nails on a chalkboard. Ultimately pointless too.

All the good 60's music came out of the UK.

cassandra lite said...

I keep hoping that someone at a tea party rally will pick up a guitar and sing Times They Are A-Changin'--with everyone singing along. So many people think the times were a-changin' back then...but haven't since. It would be such a nice in-your-face message and, I think, get the point across very youtubely.

Scott M said...

I keep hoping that someone at a tea party rally will pick up a guitar and sing Times They Are A-Changin'--with everyone singing along.

We don't need to. We have Muse.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Corporate profits belong to the owners; ie, the shareholders who, happen to be anyone who has a 401k or mutual funds.

So in other words, the shareholders need to take it in the shorts so some 20 something with a degree in Sociology can have a $20/hour wage.

Sounds like a winning plan to me.

Hoosier Daddy said...

"... The mind reels that you would compare Leopold's body counts to Stalin, Hitler and Mao..."

Spend enough time talking to liberals and you get used to it.

Oclarki said...

Hey baby boomers, Who do you think managed your pensions, 401ks and IRAs? Wall Street!

deborah said...

Last night I watched a live stream of OWS in Boston. It was taken from a tall building and looked down on the a city park that took up an entire block. The first time I looked at it was two nights ago, and all was calm and quiet. Last night when I tuned in, about 1:30 this morning, there were three long rows of paddy wagons lined up on one of the streets surrounding the square. The very excited young man at the microphone, narrating the scene for the audience, was saying the police had given the protesters five minutes to evacuate. He was telling everyone to call the Boston police, the mayor, etc.

So everyone got evacuated, with a lot of camera flases, and someone reported beatings, or at least that's what the narrator heard, because they had really bad audio. The final thing I watched was from a ground camera. It was two garbage trucks, side by side, receiving tents, signs, ect.

BJM said...

@Fred4Pres

Show tunes?

Did someone mention Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi?


Why yes, they did!

phx said...

deborah: it sounds like about 100 weren't just evacuated they were arrested.

What did you think of what you saw?

deborah said...

Yeah, pbx, after I posted I realized that I probably wasn't clear about any arrests, especially considering the amount of paddy wagons. First, the camera was very high up, so I couldn't see individual action. Until that camera died, it looked like they were corraling people to one corner across from the square. I assumed they let most go and the wagons were just for show. How many were there to begin with, if 100 were arrested?

What did I think? At first I thought there was potential for a somewhat bloody tragedy, etc., but it was well-organized. The cops came in the middle of the night, so everyone's guards were down.

I thought that this was government asserting their authority, addressing disruption of business, regular people being denied access to the park, etc.

I thought the youths manning the instructions were kind of sweet...taking it so seriously, with all their access to video cameras, audio, finding police department phone number through google...lol.

edutcher said...

The lyric reminds me of Henley's, "All She Wants To Do Is Dance".

Ann Althouse said...

I like to think that young people today have built up plenty of resistance to the nostalgia of Baby Boomers. The Revolution Chic of my generation-mates is not cute and not cool. It's embarrassing and dumb.

Think for yourselves, people.


Lots of luck on that one.

The useless idiots Occupying Wherever today are no different from the ones who chanted, "Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh". They're dancing to the same tune played, in many cases, by the same pipers.

Stupid don't change, it would seem.

richard mcenroe said...

Actually,the kids I meet today can't stand most of the modern music, and actually prefer older stuff. If that's true in trendoid LA, I can't imagine it's much different elsewhere.

It's also true in NE OH. The Blonde's nephews seem to like the 50s and 60s stuff a lot better.

Patrick said...

All of those kids, with their pumpted up kicks...

Nora said...

"The Revolution Chic of my generation-mates is not cute and not cool. It's embarrassing and dumb."

It's not about what you think. It's about what left-wing media thinks can help Obama win. Bringing disorder and disruptions to intimidate voters is age long fascist tactic, so we can expect media going for narrative that glorifies the "protests" to bring out more dupes to the streets.
I think this's Obama's campaign strategy judging by his latest rhetorics about getting active. Getting voters to vote has nothing to do with it. It's "my way, or no way" all the way to the elections date.

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

So... what kind of mood are you going for there, Greg? Creepy? Paranoid? Genuinely threatening violence? Or just stupid?

Hollywood. The last 30 minutes of the movie, where Jimmy Stewart... no, Henry Fonda gets up and gives his impassioned speech! And when he's done; the Wall St fat cats (who look like evil versions of the Monopoly man) run away, screeching in terror with top has a-flying! And we win, man! We win!

Must be nice, living in a movie like that.

Patrick said...

I got a kick out of Peter Friedman's self refuting comment, in which he derides market capitalism by using an example of monarchical colonialism. Comedy gold.

PatCA said...

Theirs is a totally reactionary movement (to a time that never was, except for brief moments, as in Woodstock), down to the tie-dye clothes, the chants, and of course the music.

I saw a teenager during the Bush years strumming a guitar on a street corner and playing Imagine to protest the war. How sad, I thought, aping your parents is rebellion??

Kirk Parker said...

Peter F.,

"Markets... King Leopold..."

I see what you did there.

So did everyone else. Too obvious; please try again with a 10x increase in subtlety.

Mike said...

This ain't the Mud Club or CGBG
I ain't got time for that now

buwaya said...

The Belgians actions in the Congo were certainly not a matter of markets - it was plain taking at the point of a gun. The Belgian state gave Leopolds company a monopoly franchise and the authority to do whatever they wanted, including carte blanche to take other peoples liberty and property by force. The Force Publique was a private army that grabbed land and forced labor through intimidation.
The closest we have to such a thing in the US today is abuse of eminent domain.

Peter Friedman said...

Plain taking at the end of a gun wasn't a consequence of markets seeking resources?

I wasn't comparing Leopold's "numbers" to Hitler's and Stalin's. I was told that such things didn't result from market sources, and I chose an obvious counter-example. And if people don't think the ravages of markets had plenty to do with the rise of Nazism and the destruction of German democracy, they're historical idiots.

If you really think market forces are preferable to democratic expression, then there's simply no conversation to have. And please don't take this as advocacy for communism.

One last thing: it is life during wartime. The thing is that people like the Professor don't have to risk their kids in those wars, so somehow the entire matter disappears from the conversation.

Patrick said...

Peter, you have it astoundingly wrong. Kings do not have power because of markets, they have power because of force. Hitler did not rise because of markets, he rose because he consolidated power and monopolized force. Leopold did what he did in Africa by using slavery and forced labor. The antithesis of free markets.

DirtCrashr said...

Theirs is a reactionary movement today because it's being organized by a bunch of reactionary "Progressives" (noun) that are anything but progressive (adjective) and mainly concerned with being in the thick, playing-out that old tune.

Lem said...

"The past is the past, dead, gone, wipe my hands, forgotten.. we live in Florida now."

Life During Wartime

Scott M said...

Hitler did not rise because of markets, he rose because he consolidated power and monopolized force.

Which occurred because of the horrible misuse of force, not markets, that ended up causing WWI.

Do I get a say, Patrick? My entire family is active-duty military and each generation for the past four has raised it's kids to serve before doing whatever the hell else they want to do.

I'll err on the side a impersonal markets over the cult of personality that must needs arise from your misplaced faith in "people". Democracy doesn't work above the village (or street protest, if you will) level, or hadn't you ever learned that?

Patrick said...

Well, ScottM, I don't know why you wouldn't get a say, active duty or not. Thanks to you and your family for the service.

I'm not even sure we disagree. My point is that free markets do not lead to totalitarianism. Seems pretty obvious to me. "Cult of personality" doesn't have much to do with free markets, which rely on individuals making decisions based on their own needs and wants.

Could be I misunderstood. Wouldn't be the first time.

buwaya said...

Plain taking is plain taking.

Whats the difference between what the Force Publique did and what Lenin and Stalin did with forced collectivization and the taking of Russian harvests to sell abroad for foreign exchange ?

Neither of these parties had any respect for private property or personal liberty.

A true free market horror story would be one where there was not an intimidating government forcing suffering on people, but one where such suffering occurred spontaneously, with an indifferent and uninvolved government, and no pseudo-governmental intimidators like militias or private armies.

Bob59 said...

I was listening to the radio today when my favorite current song to hate came on. "Hopelessness Blues" by Fleet Foxes is the OWS. Even the singer looks like a typical OWS participant.

sample lyric:

What's my name; what's my station?
Oh, please tell me what I should do.
I don't need to be kind to the armies of man that would do such injustice
To you.
Or sit down and be grateful and say,
"Sure, take all that you see,"
To the men who walk only in dimly lit halls and determine my future for me.

new york said...

The OWS people are doing a great job of thinking for themselves. They are kind, democratic, leaderless, inclusive and non-violent. Those of us who remember the old style protests with angry screaming, threats of violence and ego-driven power struggles will be surprised at how things have changed. OWS even lets women speak. Imagine that.

chuck said...

Gosh,

I don't think I ever heard the song. No doubt that makes me smart and independent ;) What is it about songs anyway, I never understood the boomer tendency to ascribe deep thoughts and insight to songs which, while entertaining, seldom had anything profound to say about anything and were emotionally shallow to boot.

EDH said...

Maybe I'm not surprised Mitchell didn't choose the Easy Rider Campfire dialogue about Freedom for his baby-boomer nostalgia.

Not because the bikers eventally take a red-neck beating -- that would tend to matyr the Occupiers.

Rather, maybe it's because today's Occupiers themselves aren't sure how to handle the kind of "freedom" that Captain America, Billy and George Hanson talked about, many having already dutifully surrendered much of that freedom to liberal boomers at the gates of the university with expectations of parlaying a degree into a guaranteed middle class lifestyle for themselves?

Spread Eagle said...

Really? Markets are people acting for profit above all else.

You say that like it's a bad thing.

OSweet said...

I feel sorry for the young generation. They're unable of producing their own memorable, or meme-orable songs. They have no poetry.

Scott M said...

Really? Markets are people acting for profit above all else.

Self-interest has proven itself to be the most powerful motivating force in history. Capitalism, for any of it's ills, harnesses this better to greater utility than any of the other -isms have managed. The socialist side of the spectrum expects the impetus behind human endeavor to be self-sacrifice at best and at worst egalitarian despite thousands of years of recorded human nature to the contrary.

Scott M said...

I feel sorry for the young generation. They're unable of producing their own memorable, or meme-orable songs. They have no poetry.

Define younger generation. And, regardless...

Ageist.

cubanbob said...

If you really think market forces are preferable to democratic expression, then there's simply no conversation to have. And please don't take this as advocacy for communism.

You are right. There is no conversion to have. Theft is theft no matter the motivation.

buck said...

I think Billy Joel's "Angry Young Man" would be a great theme song for the OWS savants:

There's a place in the world for the angry young man
With his working class ties and his radical plans
He refuses to bend, he refuses to crawl,
He's always at home with his back to the wall.
And he's proud of his scars and the battles he's lost,
He struggles and bleeds as he hangs on the cross-
And he likes to be known as the angry young man.

Give a moment or two to the angry young man,
With his foot in his mouth and his heart in his hand.
He's been stabbed in the back, he's been misunderstood,
It's a comfort to know his intentions are good.
He sits in a room with a lock on the door,
With his maps and his medals laid out on the floor
And he likes to be known as the angry young man.

I believe I've passed the age of consciousness & righteous rage
I found that just surviving was a noble fight.
I once believed in causes too, I had my pointless point of view,
Life went on no matter who was wrong or right, ohhhhh

And there's always a place for the angry young man,
With his fist in the air and his head in the sand.
And he's never been able to learn from mistakes,
He can't understand why his heart always breaks.
His honor is pure and his courage as well,
He's fair and he's true and he's boring as hell!
And he'll go to the grave as an angry old man.

Whoa, and there's always a place for the angry young man
With his working class ties and his radical plans
He refuses to bend, he refuses to crawl,
He's always at home with his back to the wall.
And he's proud of his scars and the battles he's lost,
He struggles and bleeds ‘til he hangs on the cross
And he likes to be known as the angry young man.

cubanbob said...

The only thing those OWS clowns are going to do is guarantee a republican sweep next year.


If I was a 60's & 70's paranoid type I would say OWS is a deep cover republican dirty ops plan masterminded by the evil incarnation of Ziegler K. Rove.

@ edutcher said...
The song that best applies to these morons is the Who "meet the new boss, same as the old boss".

These clowns are setting themselves up for the Second Coming Of Nixon's Silent Majority and a 49 state landslide for the republican candidate. And a bullet proof senate for the republicans.

Scott M said...

The only thing those OWS clowns are going to do is guarantee a republican sweep next year.

Honestly, I wonder how many times the following was said on blogs in 2009...

"The only thing those teabagging clowns are going to do is guarantee a democrat sweep next year.

sonicfrog said...

How about a song I'm writing just now for this blog, in real time... It's called "Crap On A Cop Car" (Chip has his flash animations, I have my lyrics). Here it goes...

"Oh my Gaia I'm so distressed
I can't afford expensive dress
Cause I'm kind of poor but we know that
I'm a young progressive Democrat

I march all day and yell and scream
I'm joined by Ben and Jerry's ice cream!
I've not a clue my message is flawed
I'm simply here to support the cause...

What-ever that is

Crap on a cop car
Oh yeah baby
Crap on a cop car

Sex and drugs and drum patrol
We've turned this park into a festering hole
But it's OK 'cause we're here to vent
About right wingers destroying the environment

It doesn't matter that we make no sense Cause the government will pay my rent
Oh you won't believe the time we've had
The sex is cool though we stink real bad...

But it's all cool

Crap on a cop car
Oh Yeah
Crap on a cop car!!!"


And I just posted it on my blog if anyone wants to link to it!

purpleslog said...

This is the song I was thinking of:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ket-ndpxhPg

sonicfrog said...

I added this to the very end.

I said Crap ona cop car
Bithces
Crap on a cop car!!!


Seemed appropriate.

MarkD said...

Revolution chic was annoying then, and more annoying now. Pretend you care to impress the babes, make sure someone else does the work, and camouflage your cowardice with an attitude. When the going gets tough, leave your allies to die, empty handed and alone.

There's no draft, it's not personal, and the easily led are protesting their student loans.

This was old when it was new.

Paul Zrimsek said...

Heaven, heaven is a place,
A place where nothing has happened since 1979.

garage mahal said...

The only thing those OWS clowns are going to do is guarantee a republican sweep next year.

Which means you fear the opposite.

No Name said...

I got some groceries, some peanut butter
to last a couple of days
but I
aint got no speakers
aint got no headphones
aint got no records to play

sonicfrog said...

OK... I added a bridge:

Never mind we’re wearing all these corporate made things
I just twittered “You’re all guilty of capitalist sins!”.

Bill Dalasio said...

"but there are even a hell of a lot of baby-boomers who are fed up with the way our country has become the tool of markets rather than of people."

Except what in God's creation is it that you think markets are? Markets are people. Free people interacting to their mutual benefit with no man a slave and no man a master. When you say you want the country to be a tool of people, what I can't help but conclude you mean is that you want the country to be the tool of some people with the ability to point a gun at other people and tell them what to do. When you put your faith in people you put yourself at the mercy of any King Leopold who comes along. The fact that King Leopold was motivated by greed or avarice does not make his behavior capitalist. Capitalism, as others have pointed out, is a system defined by property rights and individual liberty in economic affairs. Avarice is trait endemic to man, not merely to men in a capitalist economy. The difference is that capitalism disperses power to the individual away from authority such that no one has the authority to play the role of a Leopold.

DADvocate said...

I think this song would more accurately express the old communist hippie sentiments without today's hate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLQJ4toj-JY

Oh, maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
(Shake your hand)
Baby, I'll be there to share the land
(Share the land)
That they'll be givin' away
When we oughta live together
We're, talkin' bout together, now

edwardroyce said...

Protest song for the "Occupiers"?

link to youtube

What else but Beastie Boy's "So What Cha Want?"

Just plug me in just like I was eddie harris
You're eating crazy cheese like you'd think I'm from paris
You know I get fly you think I get high
You know that I'm gone and I'm a tell you all why
So tell me who are you dissing maybe I'm missing
The reason that you're smiling or wilding
So listen in my head I just want to take 'em down
Imagination set loose and I'm gonna shake 'em down
Let it flow like a mud slide
When I get on I like to ride and glide
I've got depth of perception in my text y'all
I get props at my mention 'cause I vex y'all
So what'cha what'cha what'cha want what'cha want
I get so funny with the money that you flaunt
I said where'd you get your information from huh?
You think that you can front when revelation comes

Yeah, you can't front on that

Well they call me mike d the ever loving man
I'm like spoonie gee well I'm the metropolitician
You scream and you holler about my chevy impala
But the sweat is getting wet around the ring around your collar
But like a dream I'm flowing without no stopping
Sweeter than a cherry pie with ready whip topping
Goin' from mic to mic kickin' it wall to wall
Well I'll be calling out you people like a casting call
Well it's wack when you're jacked in the back of a ride
With your know with your flow when you're out getting by
Believe me what you see is what you get
And you see me I'm coming off as you can bet
Well I think I'm losing my mind this time
This time I'm losing my mind
That's right, said I think I'm losing my mind this time
This time I'm losing my mind

Yeah, you can't front on that

But little do you know about something that I talk about
I'm tired of driving it's due time that I walk about
But in the meantime, I'm wise to the demise
I've got eyes in the back of my head so I realize
Well I'm dr. spock I'm here to rock y'all
I want you off the wall if you're playing the wall
I said what'cha what'cha what'cha want what'cha want
I said what'cha what'cha what'cha want what'cha want
Y'all suckers write me checks and then they bounce
So I reach into my pocket for the fresh amount
See I'm the long leaner vincent the cleaner
I'm the illest motherfucker from here to gardena
Well I'm as cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce
You've got the rhyme and reason but no cause
Well if you're hot to trot you think you're slicker than grease
I've got news for you crews you'll be sucking like a leech

You can't front on that
So what'cha what'cha what'cha want what'cha want
So what'cha what'cha what'cha want what'cha want
I said what'cha what'cha what'cha want what'cha want
I said what'cha what'cha what'cha want what'cha want
So what'cha want

Buddy Larsen said...

http://www.bing.com/search?q=baader-meinhof+stasi&form=IE8SRC&src=IE-SearchBox

...just this past August, reports emerged that the East German secret police had something to do with the BM gang.

Which or what, how little how much, reports true or not, dunno.

But depending, some of the warmth ought to wash out of that romantic image, in minds afflicted that is, if Robin Hood was secretly working for the Sheriff of Nottingham, and the Sheriff of Nottingham was the Terminator.

Buddy Larsen said...

Song for the day?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyRWboKYqyE&feature=related

William said...

@Buddy Larsen: The BM gang were given training, false passports, sanctuary, and other goodies by Stasi. The BM people claim that they were motivated by the failure of their parents' generation to rebel against the Nazis. They ended up working with the PLO to kill Jews. How far do you have to stick your head up your ass to become a kind of Mobius strip demonstrating the infinity of stupidtude....Also Patty Hearst was kept in a dark, locked closet for several weeks. She was periodically taken out and raped. Well, the bitch had rich parents.....Why are there no songs protesting the crimes, hypocrisies and stupidtudes of the left.

Spread Eagle said...

If you really think market forces are preferable to democratic expression,...

Define "democratic expression." The market is very effective at fairness. Hard work, honesty, and creativity get rewarded. Slackers, thieves, and dullards not so much, if at all.

Buddy Larsen said...

William asks, ''How far do you have to stick your head up your ass to become a kind of Mobius strip demonstrating the infinity of stupidtude''.

I'd say, up to the philtrum will do, as it leaves the mouth free to continually exclaim the view from there.