September 18th, 2006

eye

billy joel sez:

Anthony works in the grocery store
Savin' his pennies for someday
Mama Leone left a note on the door,
She said,
"Sonny, move out to the country."
Workin' too hard can give you
A heart attackackackackackack
You oughta know by now
Who needs a house out in Hackensack?
Is that all you get for your money?

It seems such a waste of time
If that's what it's all about
Mama, If that's movin' up then I'm movin' out.
Mmm, I'm movin' out. Ooh-hoo, uh-huh, mmmm

Sergeant O'Leary is walkin' the beat
At night he becomes a bartender
He works at Mister Cacciatore's down
On Sullivan Street
Across from the medical center
Yeah and he's tradin' in his Chevy for a Cadillacacacacacacacac
You oughta know by now
And if he can't drive
With a broken back
At least he can polish the fenders

And It seems such a waste of time
If that's what it's all about
Mama, If that's movin' up then I'm movin' out.
Mmm, I'm movin' out. Ooh-hoo, uh-huh, mmmm

You should never argue with a crazy mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-mind
You oughta know by now
You can pay Uncle Sam with the overtime
Is that all you get for your money?

And if that's what you have in mind
yeah if that's what you're all about
Good luck movin' up 'cause I'm movin' out.
Mmm, I'm movin' out. Ooh-hoo, uh-huh, mmmm

I'm movin' out...
eye

bruce cockburn sez:

tabloids bellowing raw delight
hail the return of the Teutonic Knights
inbred for purity and spoiling for a fight
another little puppet of the New Right

see-through dollars and mystery plagues
varied detritus of Aquarian Age
shutters on storefronts and shutters on the mind
we kill ourselves to keep ourselves free from crime
that's the gospel of bondage

we're so afraid of disorder we make it into a god
we can only placate with state security laws
whose church consists of secret courts and wiretaps and shocks
whose priests hold smoking guns and whose sign is the double cross

but God must be on the side of the side that's right
and not the right that justifies itself in terms of might
least of all a bunch of neo-nazis running hooded through the night
which may be why he's so conspicuously out of sight
of the gospel of bondage

you read the bible in your special ways
you're fond of quoting certain things it says
mouth full of righteousness and wrath from above
but when do we hear about forgiveness and love

sometimes you can hear the Spirit whispering to you
but if God stays silent what else can you do
except listen to the silence?
if you ever did you'd surely see
that God won't be reduced to an ideology
such as the gospel of bondage