Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Day, 2013

Many years ago on this date, we had all practiced our roles and I can still remember how the day felt as all the girls in their pretty dresses danced around the May Pole, weaving their ribbons in and out in a grammar school rendition of frolicking Pagans. The May Day king and queen sat on their thrones, nestled into the green lawn that separated rows of classrooms. The first and second year band students played a simple melody, the teachers stood outside the circle with parents who could make it to the school for the celebration and the day was as innocent as any good Spring day.
Now, in the 21st Century, the idea of allowing children to dance a Pagan fertility rite would be cause for church boycotts and probably an appearance of the SWAT team. We've come a long way, baby.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Question: Elmer Fudd or Bugs Bunny?

I grew up deep in the woods. It was quiet in the country back then because those who lived there were comfortable living where the world got dark at night.
     Now, the countryside is noisy, because it's filled with city people who are afraid of the dark. They buy a home in the country, fence their yards and fill them with yapping dogs. They buy guns and shoot them night and day with the sound of firecrackers on a string. They shout at everything, watch FOX news and wait for the black helicopters. They sandbag their home and imagine the ‘Gumment' is wanting to take it from them.
     The ‘Gumment' doesn't even know, or care, that they're there. That might even be worse than their fantasies. Nobody even cares that you live ‘out here.'
     And their fierce shouts sound like screams to me: "Get away! Leave me alone!"  Bang. Bark. Bang.
     (When a frog sees a snake it sucks in all the air it can handle, hoping to swell itself up to the point of looking too big to swallow. Machismo is like that. Show me shaved heads and tattoos and I can almost hear that air being sucked in)
     Oh, how I wish they would move back to the city, join the neighborhood watch and buy a streetlight. But they won't, because in this modern American fantasy they are the brave. They are patriots and they are the NRA.
     Am I the only one who sees the irony in the NRA (a Right Wing bunch who asks for Freedom Fries or Freedom Toast because they hate everything ‘French') being led by a prissy Frenchman with a bad comb-over? That Conservatives who talk tough always look like Rush Limbaugh or Carl Rove or Glen Beck? That loudmouth musicians and dopers like Ted Nugent are seen as the ‘tough guys'?
     The guys who can hurt you, and they're out there, are the quiet, wiry little guys with the dead eyes. A Hummer or a Dodge Ram won't make you bad anymore than will a boybeard. I was killing time in Target not long ago and saw an electric razor that shaved your face but left the ‘boybeard.'
     Without it, how would they know?
      In the Deep South of my childhood we all had guns. Every car in the school parking lot had a least one gun in it; maybe a rifle in the rack or a pistol in the seat. Students and teachers alike. But we never shot anyone. We couldn't imagine shooting someone. Beat the hell out of them, maybe - but shoot them? Look back through the newspapers of those times. A shooting was rare and unexpected as a tornado. We weren't afraid.
      If this sounds more like a rant than a blog then I guess it is. Symbols are both powerful and easy to manipulate. When you read a murder mystery or crime novel, do you really want the hero to be flawless and unbeatable? Do you want to know, from the first page, that he'll overcome everything? That he's sure to win?
     Have we lost the confidence that once made Americans more like Bugs Bunny than Elmer Fudd? It was always Elmer, remember, who carried the gun. Bugs didn't need it. I'm a Southerner....I have a house full of guns. I try to keep them clean and make sure the ammo stays dry. The last time I fired one at something it was to kill a rabid raccoon that stumbled up to my porch a year or so ago.
     I have friends who love to ‘shoot.' They go to the pistol range and empty a box of shells at targets. I'm not sure what they see while they're emptying their pistols, but I don't see it.
     I want to see confident Americans, relaxed neighbors and, maybe, drivers who don't look like Goofy in that old Disney short, Motor Mania. It might as well be called Crazy at the Wheel.
     It might help to know this is being written the day after the gun safety compromise was defeated in congress, and my neighbor is shooting away into the air as his little dogs create a dust cloud by running up and down the fence line, yapping. In the middle of four hundred thousand acres of pristine wilderness and I have Elmer Fudd for a neighbor. What's up, doc?
     Bang. Bark. Bang.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Mercy of Mary Gautier

Mary Gauthier paces across the left side of the porch at the back of the house, separated from the stage by room dividers. She paces, drinks from a water bottle, glances toward the stage. Above her, above us all is a tremendous old oak tree, its Spanish moss in black silhouette between her and the sunset.
Onstage, a very good Canadian duo is playing sweetly to an audience fanned out in the back yard, all varieties of camp chairs from Spartan to opulent fill the space. Bottles of wine, coolers of beer and, far to the left, beyond Mary Gauthier, are tables filled with food. A big cake, finger foods and such. The wooden fence surrounding Bart and Susan's ‘Music Under the Moss' concerts is draped with pretty lights. Dogs bark from other yards like distant jungle drums. Barking at the music, at the rows of parked cars along the narrow road in ‘The Cove.'
Mary paces, drinks water from the bottle, watches from the back. I know the pacing, the impatience to begin. We've played two concerts in the last three days and this is a rare opportunity to be part of the audience. Pacing before a show may not be universal, but it isn't uncommon. The show, the chance to tell the stories and sing the songs, is everything. After the show, eating too much, talking too fast, trying to come down, yes; but before the show it's the waiting, wanting to look the audience in the eye, to pass along the one thing that matters more than anything else. Music, lyrics that are always more than just that, more like memories and confessions linked by a progression of chords.
Finally, it's time. Mary Gauthier appears as so many touring musicians do, loose without being clumsy, looking tired and uncomfortable with the pause in the introductions. A beginning that seems almost bashful, mumbling, tuning a guitar that has suffered sitting in the Florida damp, the duo now her backup band, shift and wait until she begins her first song.
I love people who keep me off-balance with their lyrics, who go to places I hadn't imagined they'd go. Mary does that, starting with the Fred Eaglesmith song, ‘Your Sister Cried.'

     Well, I stared out of the windshield into the rain so light
     And I turned on my dims, and somebody flashed me their brights
     And I reached over and turned the radio way down low
     Lightning crashed, and the road shone like a mirror
     Your sister cried all the way home

      A dog came out of the ditch, then he disappeared
      And I remembered a conversation we once had on the phone
      Your sister cried all the way home

I was hooked. Around me, people shuffled deeper into their seats, clinked wine bottles against glasses, settled in to listen. The magic that a good artist can create is truly that. The late dusk poured over us like a dark syrup, and that Spanish moss, grey now,  swayed above the soft stage lighting. Behind Mary Gauthier, behind the duo, a frosted bathroom window became a light show as people drifted in and out of the room, their shadows floating inside for a minute or two, the pale, buttery light going off, then on. A huge palmetto frond below the window reflected the light and danced with each breeze. She never noticed, almost dancing herself at the microphone as she told her stories and sang her songs.
The King of the Hoboes, and why a Hobo was not a Tramp. She told us gracious stories of her little Italian stepmother, of the burning of acres of cane in the part of Louisiana that created her. It was in her voice, in the rich accent that told as much as the words. Oyster shell roads and nights so dark you could get lost in your own yard. She sang an exquisite song she'd written after reading a newspaper article about the people so lost in that darkness after Hurricane Katrina:

With nothing but our dreams
And memories of who we've been
Scattered forth like seeds
At the mercy of the wind
Another day another night
Another night another day
We wanna go home
We can't find the way

The inevitable knot of over-aged stoners stood in the darkness at the back of the crowd, murmuring and laughing in stage whispers that carried, I'm sure, to the stage. But that's another thing you get used to as you share your songs, your stories. She sang on, and the audience leaned forward in their seats to hear her soft words.
 "I stole my mother's car on a Sunday," she said quietly. Her sweet music was lifted, carried along by the couple - Scott Nolan and Joanna Miller, from Winnipeg. I don't believe I've heard anyone so well matched to the singer as these two. Mary Gauthier played, sang and apologized for having to leave early, explaining they had a show the next night deep in Louisiana. That's a long road, and we've been on it more than once. Five hundred miles of pine trees and wet air that plays through your sleeve as you drive. Windows up and the air on, the Southern sun will bake you and melt you to your seat. With the windows down the humidity bathes you in your own sweat. It's a long road, and she apologizes again. Sings a last song, Mercy Now,

Every living thing could use a little mercy now
Only the hand of grace can end the race
Towards another mushroom cloud
People in power, well
They'll do anything to keep their crown
I love life, and life itself could use some mercy now

reposted from my No Depression Blog page

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Reading Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem ‘Johnny Nolan has a Patch on his Ass', the barracks hot because of the furnace; outside, snow is falling so hard you can't see. B-52 bombers are rumbling on their pads nearby, shaking the earth, straining at the bit to be sent back to the Philippines and on to Vietnam. A lonely Hispanic boy sits between foot lockers with a little plastic record player listening to Stevie Wonder - "There's a place in the sun, and before my life is done....."
     He plays the song over and over.
     (A friend, stationed in the Philippines as an Air Police grunt during Vietnam told me of a night there, as he was on solitary watch guarding the back side of a B-52, keeping in mind now that they'd been converted to computer guidance during that war, listening to a click-click-click as he walked his rounds at the rear of the plane. He walked and heard the clicking. He stopped walking and the clicking stopped. Irritated by the sounds, he finally looked up to realize that somebody had left the computer tracking system on. That meant the big machine guns in the tail were still active, and they were trained on him. No human being in that plane, just a computer. Big bullets, the size of your thumb (maybe just a little larger), loaded and waiting. Steel jacketed shells that could rip a man's body apart. The guns following him along his path back and forth in that lonely jungle night, as though he were the enemy. Tracking his steps for hours through the steamy darkness.
     "Click-click-click," my friend said.  "All night long.")
     One tour of duty and I was out and gone. The military isn't for everyone.

Sitting here tonight watching the 2012 Americana Award show that I recorded last night. Glass of Jameson's whiskey in my hand, my guitar propped up against the arm of the couch. Music has taken me, literally, almost around the world; and it has opened that world up to me.
     A couple of months ago, on the home leg of our 4500 mile tour, Maggie and I stopped in to spend time with friends in North Carolina. A great duo, and she's one of the finest songwriters I've ever known. Lyrics that will move you, and she has a beautiful voice from another planet. She told me she's begun to worry that success will always elude her, that she's thinking maybe she needs to write that one ‘fantastic' song to get her back into the running.
     How do you explain that Trace Adkins' song Honky Tonk ba Donkey Donk will make more money in a day than she'll make in her career? How to say "Your music kills me, it's so good. You don't have to search for that one ‘GREAT' song. You've already written it more than once."?
     There is no way to say it. Her songwriting is exquisite. Nashville has the ‘formula' for success. It's that simple.
Guys are being shipped out to Vietnam on this cold Illinois morning in 1966 as I pace the floor in the barracks, listening to the Stevie Wonder song, the roar of the furnace. A guy downstairs is playing something on his record player that sounds like jazz. I wander down the stairs to talk to him, and he tells me it's a song by Cal Tjader, from an album called ‘Several Shades of Jade.'
     I was just back from a weekend in Chicago, staying in the Roosevelt Hotel and walking all night, leaning into the wind, the freezing rain coming off the lake like bullets. Into Old Town, watching a night life I'd never dreamed of while growing up in my little dirt-road Southern town. The Paul Butterfield Blues band blasting away, and, somewhere, a young guy named John Prine was learning his craft.
     Thinking about the young Navy recruits drinking with us in those Chicago clubs on an icy night, showing off their new tattoos as we walked the wide sidewalks. They were in full uniform, but Airmen could shed their uniforms for civilian clothes before leaving the base.
     Later, back at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois, sitting in the NCO club, hearing a local band play The Animals' song, "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," as hundreds of desperate young men sing along, drinking cheap beer by the pitcher with the feeling that we're all going to die; I remember Winter in Chicago. I remember Country Joe and the Fish later, singing,
"Ain't no time to wonder why
Whoopie! We're all Goin' to Die."

     There at Chanute, listening to news of Vietnam, to the ‘Ropes' telling us we were all headed there, telling us we'll all die in that foreign land.

    Maggie and I played in Jersey City on that 4500 mile tour this last summer, August of 2012 -  a house concert on the fourth floor with the Statue of Liberty just outside the window, then we were up at 5 a.m. and on the road like maniacs. Played the week before in Nova Scotia, stood on Halifax Pier and thought of Stan Rogers, the great singer/songwriter who was killed when his plane caught fire while attempting to land in Kerrville, Texas, where he was scheduled to play at the folk festival.
     "God damn them all
       I was told/ we'd sail the seas for American gold
       We'd fire no gun/ Shed no tear
        Now I'm a broken man on the  Halifax Pier
        The last of Barrett's Privateers"

The week before Nova Scotia, we'd played a house concert in an old brownstone on Massachusetts Avenue, downtown Boston - stayed at the Royal Sonesta overlooking the Charles River.
Worn out now, Boston a memory, a long drive down from North Carolina, stopping for the night just outside Savannah, thinking of home and the dozen lobsters we'd shipped back from the coast of Maine, waiting for us and a group of friends back in Panama City, Florida, the next night.
     A puzzle piece in the life of Lucky Mud. That's us - Maggie and me. And I want to belong. We want to belong. Forty plus years of carving a path, trying to conquer the world one bar at a time. It takes a toll as years begin to pile up. But, if you don't start out with an overload of piss and vinegar, you'll never make it.
     Last March I had two heart attacks. We played our first road gig nearby four days after I got out of the hospital. If I'd sat home I would've died. Playing music is what we do, what we love.
     Listening to Bonnie Raitt last night, strutting her wonderful self across the stage with John Hiatt, singing with Emmy Lou Harris (who sang harmony on The Band's song, The Weight). That wonderful woman from Alabama Shakes and all the rest. I wish them well.

     Two years ago Maggie and I hosted a twenty five concert series at a local art-deco theater, and we brought in singer/songwriters from across the country with high hopes and a pitiful budget. I still can't believe they came, and we would sweat it every Sunday: will the artist get here, will an audience show up, will we remember the words to our own songs every week as we introduced the artists?
     We brought in Florida singer/songwriters and folks like Beaucoup Blue from Philadelphia. There was Sally Spring and Rebekah Pulley - Kamm and MacDonald came all the way from Northern California to our little Florida panhandle town to play the most amazing concert I've ever been part of, stayed with us and became our friends. We were very proud of the series and will never do it again. Ever.
     The only cancellation was Eric Taylor, who got iced in after his gig in Atlanta the night before. He called to apologize.

     A group of Nashville staff writers, on the payroll of some of the music publishing companies there, was bused in to play a singer/songwriter series out on the beach not long after our concert series was finished, and we heard the producers might be interested in talking to us, so we called. They offered us the chance to drive these songwriters around, make sure they had water and snacks. We said no thanks. Nashville always has a ‘formula.'

     We know, because we spent six and a half years in Nashville on the fringes of the Music Business. Our son was born there. We knew lots of staff writers, lots of session pickers. Maggie worked for a star, during the time he won the CMA's Entertainer of the Year award. We hung out, watched and listened, and then we left. Nashville isn't for everyone.
     A few years ago at the Kerrville Folk Festival we overheard a young independent producer telling someone, "You shouldn't go to Nashville unless you've been invited." The formula.

     So, we're back on the road, with our one-bar-at-a-time plan intact - starting the first week of the new year at the Woodview Coffee House in Inglis, Florida, back to what we love.....making music. It's our formula. I wouldn't trade places with that CMA star, not for his money and his fame. The path we've made is very long and very narrow, but after forty years we still love playing, still love traveling and still love each other. Not a bad plan.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Writing the Past

 "A liberal is a man too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel." — Robert Frost

I'm sitting here watching a documentary about the early days of the Rolling Stones, which came about in the mostly fictional time and place called The Late Sixties. A long and nasty war swept up kids and ate them like the monsters in bad fairy tales and villagers put signs in their windows saying, "I gave my son for freedom."
      And such shit as that.
     Cities were burning at home, too, in places like Watts, Philadelphia and Detroit. Free Will became a dangerous narcotic and The Movement, a loosely organized and mostly White rhetorical revolution, went from its Bi-Polar best at Woodstock to its worst in Altamont in barely four months.
     Nihilism trumped reason. Hard Hats beat up Hippies. The Weathermen blew up buildings, usually killing no one but the janitor. Demonstrations became riots, tear gas swirled in a thick mist while Jackie Gleason and Anita Bryant pushed themselves as Role Models and Jim Morrison got busted at a show in Miami. All this in a decade.
     Bryant went from spokesperson for the orange juice industry to the anti-gay superstar of the Right when, in 1977, she said things like, "As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children."
     Think back. Frank Zappa competed for airplay with Bobby Sherman and the 1910 Fruit Gum Company. We were a schizophrenic nation with nothing but self-prescribed  medication, fear building with each new assassination, each bungled war. Whiskey drinking adults feared pot smoking kids. Suddenly there were Flower Children and there was The Summer of Love. Squalor and gangs and Charles Manson were intermingled with feather boas and Nehru jackets, mimes held court on the sidewalks and Black Panthers cruised the streets alongside Klansmen, though in street clothes there was no way to know who was whom.
     This was the world I knew, from joining the military in 1966 to getting out in 1969 I watched my world change completely. Coming from a dirt road town in the Deep South to a club in Old Town, Chicago; watching blacks and whites making out and dancing together, breathless with all this new information I wondered, "Is that legal?"
     The first time I heard someone (Stewart Brand, the founder of the Whole Earth Catalog) say ‘fuck' on purpose from the stage of a crowded auditorium without anyone seeming to mind was a marker of that time for me. As hard as it might be to believe now, the censorship of books, films and speech was the norm. Lenny Bruce was hounded to death because of his insistence that he, a returning Navy veteran from World War Two, should be allowed to speak freely in public. Grove Press, through its Evergreen line, published The Complete Works of the Marquis de Sade, and risked a lengthy court battle with the United States government.
     Those of us on the road tried hard to call home at least once a month to let loved ones know we were okay. There were no cell phones. Telephones were leased from the phone company. It was illegal to ‘own' one.
     All this from watching a few minutes of ancient film footage of the Rolling Stones.
     It was my time. I was there. I tried once to write a novel about it, about a guy named Gideon who, freshly out of the military and green as a salad, becomes the accidental leader of The Revolution. I finished writing it 40 years ago and still pull it from a drawer on occasion to glance through it. No one besides Maggie has ever read it. I doubt anyone ever will. It was my first finished novel, and the only way I could write about those times was as a fairy tale. Nothing seemed real about it when I was immersed in it, and none of it seems real now.
     Writing ‘what you know' is very important, but it isn't the only thing you need to know when writing. If I tried writing the same book today, all these years later, it would still be that same jumbled fairy tale today because that's how I still remember it.
     So write what you know, but unless it's a memoir you need to disconnect from the story. If you can't then maybe the story needs to stay in the bottom drawer.
     Just my opinion.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Keeping Up with the Times

I just read a new short story that featured a woman on the run and in danger. Old story, right? The problem is, this one was. It was set in the present but her problem was made worse by the fact she couldn't find a pay phone to call for help.
     There are no pay phones.
     I see these time anomalies all the time in print, and in film as well. We grow up in one time and write in another. I remember reading a science fiction novel when I was in my early twenties about cities in space. These cities had been ripped from the Earth, whole, covered with a bubble and sent off into the universe. It took entire cities because the vacuum tubes had to be so huge it took an entire city underground to hold them and the machines they powered.
     Then, along came the silicon chip. Micro-electronic engineering. The story was still good, but it didn't survive the change.
     I wrote a screenplay once that ended in a confrontation between the Soviet Union's space station and the United States' space station. Goodbye Soviet Union, goodbye a year of work. Oops.
     So, we have to pay attention - something I'm spotty at doing. We have to be aware of the Present as we write. I still see private investigators in black-and-white in my mind. Big fat black telephones you could bludgeon someone with, not one that's the size of my thumb and weighs a half-ounce.

When I was younger black fingernails meant you'd hit yourself with a hammer. Now, they're the height of fashion. Men in cities grew facial hair once a year for Pioneer Days, then shaved it off after the event was over. No women had tattoos, unless they were in the circus. Some men had tattoos, but they were ex-sailors and worked pumping gas at the filling station. They usually had a cigarette behind their ear, a pack rolled up in their shirt sleeve and a crooked smile. They had a girlfriend named Blondie.
     Gas was pumped for you by ex-sailors and banks gave away toasters.  
     Now, a good story needs a tattoo somewhere. Maybe not a dragon but at least some little peek that's part of the story. I try to be aware of these changes, but digital natives will notice things I've overlooked because these things are a normal part of their lives. Hubcaps that keep spinning after the car has stopped; people who seem to be talking out loud to themselves while alone.
     We had those people around when I was younger, but they usually had one pant-leg rolled up, a rope for a belt and a grocery cart holding all their belongings. Now, a crowd scene with no one on their phone, their Blue Tooth, no one texting a message on some portable device, is not real. Airports were filled not too long ago with people either looking off into space, reading the newspaper or talking to strangers in the next chair. Now they're lost in their ear-buds, their Kindles and Nooks, their computers. Not just a few but almost all of them are in their own little worlds.

     These are not little things when working on a novel. Even in non-fiction, as the book I'm working on now, we have to get the times right. I've been sweating bullets trying to research a 20 year time-span in New Orleans, from the late 70s until around 2000.  So many changes big and small, and one mistake will take the reader out of the story like the opening of a parachute ruins a good free fall.
     I was born into a post WW Two world of dirt road Southerners, fields still being plowed with mules and Separate While Unequal Rights for the races. Towns that closed on noon Wednesdays, and from noon Saturday until Monday morning. No ATMs, no weekend banking. All stores closed on Sundays. Separate entrances to movie theaters, to doctors' offices - on one door WHITE, on the other, COLORED.
     You cannot, absolutely cannot tell a story of those days without including that, and the racial slurs that flowed like water, and have that story be believable. If I wrote a story about a brave black man who arrived in my little Southern town in those days and became a hero of white people no one could, or at least should, believe it.
     When I write a story about ‘Now,' it has to reflect ‘Now.'
     Here's hoping I get it right.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Gods and Other Faeries

Two things happened when I was fourteen years old. I finished reading the Bible cover to cover for the fourth time, and I walked away from church with no interest in returning. As a story teller, I've never been able to make the bible stories blend with the religious meanings attached to them.
     Anyone who can read the shenanigans of Old Testament characters and ascribe a deeper, higher story to them simply confuses me. Anyone who can take the hundreds of conflicting parables and make a cohesive god out of them is too complicated for me to understand. I have the same problem with religion that I have with superstition - there are too many rules.

     For this Halloween blog entry, I'm going to do something I've not done before, and probably won't do again. Amid the yammering of politicians and preachers and media celebrities, a conservative candidate and a taliban spokesman saying the exact same thing (I find it impossible to separate my faith from my politics) and not see the correlation, I'm posting a song I wrote called Talkin' Middle East Blues.
     Happy Halloween.

In the beginning, God made day and night
Then Abraham got tired of the Canaanites
So he decided to go off and start his very own clan

Well, he finagled some sheep and a couple of cows
(you can read the bible if you want to know how)
But then he saw the flaw in his little plan

See, he and Sarah did it night and day
They did it in the desert and they did it in the hay
They did it and they did it until they almost wore it out

But Sarah said, "Sorry"
And Abe said "Thanks,
I can't be sure who's shooting blanks
So I'm gonna have to leave it up to you to work this out"

So Sarah gave Abraham a jug of wine
Then she gave him Hagar, the concubine
and nine months later, there was little Ishmael

So it was Sarah who was barren as a dry creek bed
But she couldn't get those pictures out of her head
and it would be an understatement to say she did not take it well

She was in her 70s and she thought she'd had it
But she and Abraham kept going at it
And along came Isaac, her own little bundle of joy

So she said, "Abe, I'm gonna need more room for the baby
A place for the bassinet so do you think maybe
You could get rid of Hagar and that dirty little ugly bastard boy?"

Well, Hagar begged and Abraham whined
But Sarah stood firm and she toed the line
And before you know it, Hagar was on her own

Well, Abraham didn't have to do it,
but he thought it over and he figured, "Screw it,
It's the easiest way I know to keep a happy home"

So with the clothes on her back and a baby at her breast
No food to eat, no place to rest
Hagar began to starve in abject deprivation

But God looked down, and God took pity
And Ishmael lived, and he built a city
And soon he was the leader of a brand new Arab nation

Now we all know that sooner or later
The Middle East will be a nuclear crater
And we're all gonna die trying to fulfill some biblical matter

That was written on papyrus with camel dung
By some dim bulb on the bottom rung
Of the entire human evolutionary ladder

About a naked couple that was left to grapple
with Life and Death and Snakes and Apples
And a God that would let some guy kill 10,000 people with the jawbone of an ass

So, don't you think it's time that we got rid
Of hating somebody 'cause your daddy did
and finally put our history in the past

But, there's only one real question I have for you......
Don't we need better reasons for the things we do?