Agenda

I am socially unconscious
politically unaware
sometimes I wish I did better
sometimes I don’t care
every one has an agenda
they are trying to advance
I just want to listen to
old Motown and dance

Extremists to the right of me
extremists to the left
have me feeling I might be
the next victim of a theft
every dog out on the street
is hungry for a bone
I’m scared to bend down in the shower
and I live alone

Every one has an agenda
they are trying to advance
I just want to listen to
old Motown and dance

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Founding

Back when the Fathers were busy founding
a trip to the doctor could easily kill you
if you lived you could pay your bill
with a chicken or a bag of apples
if universal healthcare had been a concept
then it might have seemed more
of a punishment than a right
but things have changed
I don’t know what it means

Back when the Founders were fathering
one gun had one bullet, then a slow reload
requiring a large group of like minded people
to conduct a decent massacre, though not unheard of
and while working to make the streets safe
for decent women and children
a rifle over every hearth
did not seem as unreasonable
as an arsenal in every closet
but things have changed
and I don’t know what it means

Back when the Fathers were founding
there were few crowded theaters
in which to shout “Fire!”
tree stumps and soap boxes
were poor platforms and it took
determined liars to spread their bile
no push of a button to circle the globe
common sense was perhaps more common
and the ones who could read knew better
than to believe everything they did
but things have changed
and I don’t know what it means

The Fathers who founded would be
shocked to see the wrongs become
right and the rights become wrong
half impressed and half depressed
by the astonishing changes
wrought by two centuries and change
but the faith they had in their posterity
might still bear the desired fruits
each generation must decide its own course
that much hasn’t changed
if you know what I mean

Fun and Games

Often times the cure
seems worse than the disease
if you lie down with the dogs
you might get up with fleas
They say it won’t get better
until we feel the squeeze
and virtually everything
is a matter of degrees
It’s all fun and games
until one you love goes down
the statistic has a name
the expiration has a sound
you feel you should do something
you just don’t know what
anything to help untie
the knots there in your gut
The Golden rule gets lip service
from those in a position
to actually do something
to alter these conditions
and they will gladly help you
if you can pay the price
otherwise you’ll only get
gratuitous advice
Doing no harm is just about
the best that I can do
If I can’t help myself
how am I going to help you
But maybe if enough folks
get together in some way
we could help each other
make it to a better day
It’s all fun and games
until one you love goes down
the statistic has a name
the expiration has a sound

Smoke

Gonna drill down to it
see what we can unpack
then we’ll figure out
what we need to walk back
if you have your mask on
better hold it tight
wouldn’t want to lose it
if someone turns on the light
When the most trusted are untrustworthy
when the most believed are liars
it’s hard to get excited
when they say the house is on fire
until you smell the smoke
and feel the heat of the flames
if you make it out alive
you’ll wonder who to blame
Whose idea was this
just who is in charge here
can they be counted on to deliver
anything besides more fear
if there’s anything you still know is real
anything you know is true
your mission is to hold it up
even if they come for you

Medium Social

I like turtles
I like dogs and cats
I like cleavage
don’t hate me for that
I like sunrise, beer and steak
and all the pictures that you take
of your little baby cakes
I’m just a medium social guy
but I can’t help wondering why
Why can’t the world be a safer place
why don’t I have a prettier face
why is it so hard to ever win a race
why doesn’t everyone keep the Golden Rule
why don’t people in positions
of responsibility
really looked out for the interests
of folks like you and me
that would be so cool
I like turtles
I like dogs and cats
I like cleavage
don’t hate me for that
I like sunrise, beer and steak
and all the pictures that you take
of your little baby cakes
I’m just a medium social guy
but I can’t help wondering why
Why it’s easier to be critical
than it is to be correct
why do I keep taking the easy way
when I know what to expect
Folks been talking about Judgement Day
for a couple thousand years
why aren’t they more nervous
when it seems to be drawing near
I like turtles
I like dogs and cats
I like cleavage
don’t hate me for that
I like sunrise, beer and steak
and all the pictures that you take
of your little baby cakes
I’m just a medium social guy
but I can’t help wondering why

Where’s Walter?

In the good old days
natural disasters
and national tragedies
were the only reasons for
tuning in cable news on tv

But the times they are a changin’
there’s something happening here
the talking heads are pandering
to our deepest fears

If you’re concerned with commies
you can watch Fox news
if it’s fascists that you fear
CNN will do

Just want to know what’s going on
and decide your own point of view?
Go stand on a street corner,
tv is not for you

whether it’s real or whether it’s fake
I’ve had about all that I can take
Where’s Walter Cronkite when we need him?
Give me the facts, not your opinion.

Stance

I’m conservatively liberal
moderately radical
my right hand doesn’t know
what my left may do
the fake and the real
are disastrous deals
til doing no harm is
the most we can aspire to.

If you’re told you can have
your cake, and eat it, too,
someone might be playing you
find that hard place by a rock
and try to hold on to your socks