Archive | July 22, 2012

“Nobody’s Right If Everybody’s Wrong”

There is a  song from a group of days gone by  that speaks very much of my day as a young rabble-rouser kind of rebel. I was an activist when that was a dirty word. I had so much hope, so many dreams as a community member of my this world. That was some 40 plus years ago when first. as a teen I found my political voice during the Viet Nam War. To say that I stood on just one side of the fence would be a great understatement since I both had friends that served multiple tours some never to return, and yet I also had strong convictions about where  we were as a country, and why. And I also do not still today understand all the pertinent details concerning the war and will not pretend to.

There were many musical artist’s of my time and their songs that would speak to my feelings and emotions concerning what our country was up to  back then. There is a reason I liked and to this day still find solace in folk music. I also find kindred thoughts with people who have a lot of similar beliefs. It was my music, it’s still very much part of who I am. If you were to peek into my music library you are going to find. Tom McLoughlin, Peter Paul & Mary, Artie and Arlo Guthrie, The Byrds, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot,  just to name a very few. I listened to and am  just as big  a fan of classic rock n roll too, but for different reasons I listened to and sang Folk Music

This song by Buffalo Springfield (no not Bruce Springfield!) “Something Is Happening Here was released in January 1967. I can remember where I was the first time I heard it on AM radio. Riding in the car with my older brother. We both looked at each other and just said; Farout!!  (fot those who are maybe too young to know this word = something like, “That’s Rad, or Oh Snap!”)

The lyrics which still today touch me and speak to my brain as well as my heart were written in 1966 by an incredible artist we know as Stephen Stills, who you may know as part of the Crosby Stills and Nash Trio.The song was first performed by the band Buffalo Springfield in 1966, then released as a single in ’67. and peaked number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

The timely message of Mr Still’s lyrics rang true then as they still do today which is may be why the song is currently ranked #63 on Rolling Stone‘s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

I had this song in my head all day today. I cannot recall the last time I heard it but it played itself over and over again today on my brains Bose’. I finally dug the old vinyl out and played it on an old, ancient, vintage, kid record player. The kind that looks like a small square suitcase. Between the album, the needle, the record player their combined melodies  caused the music to be arranged a bit differently. But the words were still there. That’s what I wanted to hear again and I did. I heard them and I cried. I cried for my lost generation, I cried for the next, and today I cried some more for today’s generations.

I am crying  once again… pleading in my life,…. or maybe I never stopped pleading…

Please Children, We’ve got to beware!

There’s Something Happening Here

~ written by Stephen Stills,  ~ Performed by Buffalo Springfield.

There’s something happening here

What it is ain’t exactly clear

There’s a man with a gun over there

Telling me I got to beware


I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down


There’s battle lines being drawn

Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong

Young people speaking their minds

Getting so much resistance from behind


I think it’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down


What a field-day for the heat

A thousand people in the street

Singing songs and carrying signs

Mostly say, hooray for our side


It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down


Paranoia strikes deep

Into your life it will creep

It starts when you’re always afraid

You step out of line, the man come and take you away


We better stop, hey, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down

Stop, hey, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down

Stop, now, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down

Stop, children, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going around.