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Saturday, February 16, 2008

The more things change...

I was listening to some old music I have stored on my hard drive and I ran across this old tune by the band Chicago that really hit me. Written some 36 years ago, it's still as poignant today as it was then.



Dialogue


Are you optimistic 'bout the way things are going?

No, I never ever think of it at all

Don't you ever worry
When you see what's going down?

Well, I try to mind my business, that is, no business at all

When it's time to function as a feeling human being
Will your Bachelor of Arts help you get by?

I hope to study further, a few more years or so
I also hope to keep a steady high

Will you try to change things
With the power that you have; the power of a million new ideas?

What is this power you speak of and this need for things to change?
I always thought that everything was fine

Don't you feel repression just closing in around?

No, the campus here is very, very free

Don't it make you angry the way war is dragging on?

Well, I hope the President knows what he's into, I don't know

Don't you see starvation in the city where you live
All the needless hunger all the needless pain?

I haven't been there lately, the country is so fine
My neighbors don't seem hungry 'cause they haven't got the time

Thank you for the talk, you know you really eased my mind
I was troubled by the shapes of things to come

Well, if you had my outlook your feelings would be numb
You'd always think that everything was fine

We can make it better
We can change the world now
We can save the children
We can make it happen
We can make it happen

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5 Comments:

Blogger JM said...

Funny how we find ourselves at the same kind of crossroads moment that we were at when this song came out. We went down the "Nixon pathway" then, let's hope we make better choices THIS time.

title="comment permalink">February 16, 2008 11:04 AM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

This was the very first song I used in my series of Relevance: Then and Now.

title="comment permalink">February 16, 2008 2:22 PM  
Blogger Anon-Paranoid said...

I have that album. It was very good.

God Bless.

title="comment permalink">February 16, 2008 8:59 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

My WTF moment regarding Chicago: I'm a wee bit younger than y'all - Hearing Chicago as a young lad in the early 70's, I thought they were a black group. =)

title="comment permalink">February 16, 2008 11:23 PM  
Blogger Vic DeMize said...

Same thing happened to a lot of folks upon hearing Rare Earth for the first time. Of course, it didn't help any that they were the only white group ever signed to Motown Records...

title="comment permalink">February 17, 2008 3:30 PM  

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