The Government

Since I wrote about those Crazy Polygamists here and here, I’ve been thinking about the government. My formation in this melancholy pursuit took place during the Viet Nam war. We thought things were bad back then, but I’m afraid with the Patriot Act and the new wiretapping laws, they’re much worse today.

Bob Dylan sets the general tone with his line, “I’m on the pavement thinkin’ ’bout the government,” and the rest of his wonderful observations.

(video thanks to CompleteUnkn0wn)

For me, no one says it like John Kaye and Steppenwolf. Lyrics below.

(video thanks to SRangelDE)

Once the religious, the hunted and weary
Chasing the promise of freedom and hope
Came to this country to build a new vision
Far from the reaches of kingdom and pope
Like good Christians, some would burn the witches
Later some got slaves to gather riches

But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
And she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light

And once the ties with the crown had been broken
Westward in saddle and wagon it went
And ’til the railroad linked ocean to ocean
Many the lives which had come to an end
While we bullied, stole and bought our a homeland
We began the slaughter of the red man

But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
And she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light

The blue and grey they stomped it
They kicked it just like a dog
And when the war over
They stuffed it just like a hog

And though the past has it’s share of injustice
Kind was the spirit in many a way
But it’s protectors and friends have been sleeping
Now it’s a monster and will not obey

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