“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.

 

©tjhelser2012

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on ““Nobody’s Right If Everybody’s Wrong”

  1. Pingback: Circles of Love 1960′s Style « CyKlopps, Rides Again.

    • LOL… I know what you mean!! It’s a great song at least to have stuck in your head. It hung around for me until I started listening to other music.
      Funny how easily suggestable we are when it comes to music. ~ BB

  2. I know the song well as well, the era of it means so much to me, The music Crosby and co , and others all relate to a fabulous meaningful time, fun and sunshine and the attempt to change the world, or as we thought at time. ‘You’ve got a Friend’ James Taylor. goose bumps on goose bumps… enjoyed your post as always your friend..;)

    • Me too Gerry the era. It was a time in my life and my world I cherish.
      I want to share with you a cool irony, or at least I think it cool. When I think of you singing, playing the guitar I think of James Taylor and “You’ve Goot a Friend”. I think it’s amazing that you recall him here. Wow! You know when you kind of visualize a person you’re writing to, or reading their blog, and you get a fixed image in your mind? That’s what my mind sees; you and JT.

      Okay… I know that we are of the same cloth as they say, that we both came from the same times of when we were so full of dreams, hopes and wishes for our world to change into a better place.

      Is that not what we were singing about?

      I always enoy sharing with you and this time especially so. Thanks so much for taking the time to share with me and us here my friend.

      Just call out my name; Always Your friend ~ BB

      • I was about to post a song, a protest song that I and a couple of friends had written in the early 70’s, an anti war song about Vietnam etc, still quite apt today..We had to join in on the roadway to improvement. But I have held it back because of the Aurora incident. But will post in a few days /week. I think it is a very powerful song and lyrics. Was also going to post the lyrics on my other blog, but again holding back for a few days. hope you like it when I do post it. thank you for being a friend. 🙂

        • I’m looking so forward to reading the lyrics and hearing the recording. I am certain more than ever that at some coffee shop in the big sky we will meet up one day.
          I applaud you Gerry for feeling that waiting a couple days was an appropriate thing to do. I trust you in this because I have learned over time just what a kind and sensitive guy you are. You are a rare gem my friend and your Lady Love and family are so blessed that you’re their man. I know because I have one very similar to what I have come to know you to be like.
          ~ Your blogging sister ~ BB

  3. Oh, this is gut/heart wrenching, Baroness. Must say, I preferred to lose myself in Gordon Lightfoot. The world was a scary place, and is now scarier.

    • I was so torn up when writing this I & may have come from places I don’t often go. The days of gone were much more peaceful it seems to me looking back. Maybe it’s my girls and their kids that I worry about now that in those early days of my adulthood somehow seem a more mellow and comforting times.
      I adore GL and Bear and I saw were able to see him at The Paramount in Portland circa 1977. Tiny venue and he played to us like we were all in his living room. It and he were beautiful. That was a lovely time.

      I pray for more times together listening to good music and living in a peaceful time. I’m rather frightened for our country even if I am myself am not frightened.

      Blessed Be my friend ~ BB

  4. Thank you for this post and your strident reminder…it motivated me to pull my own thoughts and “pages” together and to speak my own “peace”…. now I’m drained and worn out, but it’s so important to speak out…thank you…. there so many powerful songs from that time, that being one of them!

    • I’m looking forward my lady friend to reading your “peace” I understand the feeling drained, worn out, spent from writing about this. Just tell us more and more that writing is so cathartic for the soul.

      I gratefully agree with you that it’s important to speak out, now’s the time if ever to have one’s voice heard loud and clear.
      It’s important I think too that we take this time to share our feelings with each other as well. I’m so delighted knowing that you did and you’re on board with this too. Validation feels pretty good right now. ~ BB

  5. The music of those days – that was magic. Besides those you mentioned, there was Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell – so many very talented, involved artists. A few years later, when I was in the process of becoming a single mother by virtue of a divorce, there was Helen Reddy, whose “I am woman, I am strong” became my anthem and carried me forward into a full knowledge of what I can do. Because I am woman, I am strong.
    As to weeping for our children – weeping for our country – the abyss seems to grow deeper and darker, and our role models, our real leaders, fewer and fewer.

    • Bless you Carol for adding Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez. How could I leave those two women out who so directed without knowing it my own voice style. And Linda Rhionstatd & Judy Collins. Oh My. The memories just one single note or riff from a song from then can cause me to have.

      Helen Reddy’s song was also my mantra for a different reason. I was starting to sing with the Univesrity’s Woemen’s Choir and I was going to be a star! “Hear me roar” I was going to do it all, family and career,.. I am woman…

      Yes we are strong my friend, to have lived what we have lived with and through.. we are strong…
      I think you have the beginningof a new post here my dear – “the abyss seems to grow deeper and darker, and our role models, our real leaders, fewer and fewer.” If I may be as bold to suggest. You are on to something special there that needs to be said. I think you started it and you’re the woman to finish it. Feels like it is something that would need to come from you.

      Thanks Carol for sharing with me and all of us here. It’s an important time that friends pull together as well. I’m so grateful for you. ~ BB

  6. Of course your song choices have stuck with your, they are the best of the best! I remember those times and music too. How clever to finish your post with “There’s Something Happening Here”.

    This is not a good time, especially for our innocent children, who might at any moment be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But what are we going to do about it? That is the question.

    • Oh Tess I could just hug you right now. I so love that you get this post, can relate to the music of our lives being so much a part of us, and you know this song.
      I’m finding and taking comfort in things like those right now and grasping on to those I care about.
      I cannot keep my grandkids close enough, and tears still seem to come at the most foolish times. Hallmark commercials for heavens sake.

      I’ve of coure no answer for your not -so rhetorical question, but I’ll go on record here and say that if we don’t get assault wapons off our streets we’re in foe some kind of hell.

      Thanks so much Tess, you stopping by and sharing here means an awful lot. Take care. ~ BB

  7. Great music from the times. Hard to remember that the music and movement it inspired helped end a war and topple a president. Where are these protestors today? Great post

    • Hello Barney, so goot to you here at this time. You are so right, that was my subtle point I guess. I am baffled that in all these years I have to ask what was the purpose of all my protests now ? It’s surely not appearing much like we planned.
      Strange Days.
      Thanks so much for visiting. ~ BB

  8. You have a beautiful heart for the lost (which I guess we all have been at some time). Thanks for sharing this – I love the song too. You’ve inspired me to look it up and have a play 🙂

    • Thanks so much Gogirl for your lovely thoughts and words. I agree we are all lost souls at some point. I’m so happy to know this song is playing through your ears tonight as well. I had to come back to the Internet to listen to it minue the scratches on the vinyl, the needle that is barbed, and speakers that really is nothing more than a round small 4 inches childs speaker. But the words…..

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