We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Dylan's recording on Empire Burlesque is better and deeper than this one with Patti Smith, but this is all I could find.
The remarkable lyrics:
Oh, the gentlemen are talking and the midnight moon is on the riverside They're drinking up and walking and it is time for me to slide I live in another world where life and death are memorized Where the earth is strung with lover's pearls and all I see are dark eyes.
A cock is crowing far away and another soldier's deep in prayer Some mother's child has gone astray, she can't find him anywhere But I can hear another drum beating for the dead that rise Whom nature's beast fears as they come and all I see are dark eyes.
They tell me to be discreet for all intended purposes They tell me revenge is sweet and from where they stand, I'm sure it is But I feel nothing for their game, where beauty goes unrecognized All I feel is heat and flame, and all I see are dark eyes.
Oh, the French girl, she's in paradise and a drunken man is at the wheel Hunger pays a heavy prize to the falling gods of speed and steel Oh, time is short and the days are sweet and passion rules the arrow that flies A million faces at my feet but all I see are dark eyes.
I never did drugs, or the Beatles. Never could see why the fuss about Mick Jagger, or any of the others of that era. But, Patti Smith--now there is someone whose work and courage I respect and appreciate.
He is great, even, one might say, iconic. But, Oh Momma! Did he have to do that AARP cover? AARP! One racket that escapes the RICO laws.
Ralph Kinney Bennett
I agree with you Ralph The AARP is the worst age discriminator there is. Example (among many others); I'm retired and if I were a member I could get discounts on a lot of things. But my children can't.
Every time I check into a hotel they ask if I am a member of AARP. I always say no and make some disparaging comment about the organization. Without fail the hotel always gives me the discount anyway. Without fail! (But BD did say some interesting things in the interview).
Ralph Kinney Bennett