Miss and Mister Tan

The quest to find skin beautifully bronzed
Made it’s way to Life Magazine’s ads
As a cream for those stereotyped as blonde
For something like a tanner has got to be bad.

Making it’s way to Life Magazine’s ads
Was something that had executives thinking way beyond
For even though something like a tanner has got to be bad
They advertising experts were waving a masculine wand.

The executives were thinking way beyond
To those men who were searching for permanent tan to be had
The advertising experts frantically waved a masculine wand
Telling women they could have a dark, handsome lad.

For men searching for a permanent tan that could be had
Life Magazine was giving them proof of bond
That would give their women a dark, handsome lad
As their wallets and health were ruthlessly conned.

Make It Right

In Birmingham they stood their ground
That’s the price differences pay
Opposites attracted by beliefs of different sounds
The event, something great, made an historic day

The price differences pay
Especially when rights are forcefully unbound
Produces angry voices with much to say
Where hatred never ceases to astound

Especially when rights are forcefully unbound
To make what is wrong right for all who play
And deny the hatred that never ceases to astound
Even in our advanced society of today

Making what is wrong right for all who play
Left people in America spellbound
Even in our advanced society of today
Where hatred continues to confound

July 14, 1863 (The Draft Riots)

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Plunder became part of the game
When the angry mob decided to fight.
Civil War conscription incited these people to shame
An angry New York City burned through the night.

When the angry mob decided to fight,
They knew not who to blame,
So New York City burned through the night
And the police stations were seriously scorched by the flames.

The mob knew not who to blame,
Their cause lost in a disastrous riotous might
With the police stations being seriously scorched by the flames
By people not understanding protest must be done right.

Causes lost in such riotous sights
Make people ponder of what righteousness became
Especially when people do not understand that protest must be done right,
Lest we repeat the mistakes in history’s name.

 

Source: New York Times (7/14/1863)

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Exit

Let this story get out
The world must know
Lest there be any doubt
With these tales of woe

The world must know
You must not censor what this is about
With these tales of woe
Effecting us all throughout

You must not censor what this is about
Evil cannot be allowed to flow
Effecting us all throughout
You must be afraid of how it will go

Evil cannot be allowed to flow
Your interference leaves no doubt
That you must be afraid of how it will go
When the people break out.

Awakening

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Darkness brings about life
Where spirits take off in flight
Letting go of anger and strife
In the stillness of night

When spirits take off in flight
Thoughts fly to the afterlife
Particularly in the stillness of night
But death need not be rife

Thoughts of the afterlife
Weigh a spirit with fright
But death need not be rife
When one has gone to the light

 

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Seeing From a Distance

I look away from your waste
Protecting myself from the trouble
That you give freely from your waist
I’m avoiding your venomous rubble

I protect myself from the trouble
Running from you with all haste
I’m avoiding your venomous rubble
Leaving your memory erased

I run from you with all haste
Protected from your evil in a righteous bubble
That has left your memory erased
And you nothing but a nubble

Judging

A closed door to Spring
You bring about a heartless itch
Setting forth angry things,
The stress making my heart twitch.

You bring about a heartless itch
In a way only hypocrites sing,
The sound making my heart twitch
Because I have no understanding of what you are doing.

In that way only a hypocrite sings
You show your moral glitch,
With no understanding of what you are doing
Making you nothing but a feral bitch.

College Again? Not.

Going to college all over again
Thinking of how it all went
The classes, the parties
All of that growing up.

Thinking of how it all went
Drinking tequila and playing quarters
And all of that growing up
When responsibilities still got done.

Drinking tequila and playing quarters
Was the least of the problems
It was the responsibilities that had to get done
Which is why I’ll never go to college again.

Listen

Hearing what you hear
Makes the conversation one sided
Better to listen to it all
Rather than being you stuck on your side

Making the conversation one sided
Creates a stagnant view of potential
That gets you stuck on your side
Without a chance for growth

Creating a stagnant view of potential
Keeps the status in charge
Without a chance for growth
And a bunch of stuff no one wants to hear.