The Long Haul ~ Sean Rowe

Sean RoweSean Rowe  is an alternative folk singer-songwriter and musician.

Born and raised in Troy, New York, Rowe started playing music at an early age. He received a bass guitar from his father on his 12th birthday and performed in a local band. After receiving an acoustic guitar as a gift from his uncle, Rowe began playing solo.

He wrote his first song at the age of seven on a Fisher-Price typewriter after listening to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.”Rowe started seriously writing songs when he was 18. The first complete song that he wrote was called “Turtle,” which was inspired by his friend and singer-songwriter Jeanne French.

At the age of 17, Rowe discovered Otis Redding and his song “Open The Door”, which inspired him to begin singing.

An avid naturalist, Rowe often speaks of his fascination with the woods and his connection to the land.

After reading The Tracker by Tom Brown at the age of 18, Rowe started a blog about his experiences in the wilderness. He later took courses at Tom Brown’s Wilderness Survival School in Asbury, NJ.

In 2006, Rowe studied for a year at Hawk Circle Wilderness Education in Cherry Valley, NY, and completed a 24-day solo survival quest after his training.

Rowe also studied under wild food author and expert, Samuel Thayer, and has partnered with Kawing Crow Awareness Center as a guest instructor for wilderness survival workshops and wild edible plant foraging.

Since 2009, Rowe has contributed as a blogger to the Albany Times Union on topics concerning nature, wildlife and his music career.

Since 2003, Rowe played locally in his hometown at open mics, bars and cafes. He began playing with percussionist Marco Haber, who played on a few tracks on his first album “27”. Shortly thereafter they began playing under the name Mudfunk and recorded a live album, “Live at the Grind,” as well as a single of “Wrong Side Of The Bed.” The latter would be re-recorded for Sean’s solo album, “Magic,” without Haber and with different instrumentation.

He recorded his album, Magic, at Collar City Sound and released it through Collar City Records on April 21, 2009.

In 2009, Rowe was asked to open for Noah and the Whale in the United Kingdom. Soon after, Sean signed with ANTI- Records, which re-released Magic on February 22, 2011, and released The Salesman And The Shark on August 28, 2012. On March 4th, Sean played his new release, “Downwind”, on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The Long Haul

“The Long Haul,” a fresh and airy song about a long relationship. Rowe’s lyrics seem to suggest a happiness underneath its melancholy tones and Rowe’s tentative vocals.

The Long Haul – Sean Rowe

And I never hit the Spring so hard
A new born song on an old guitar
And I know what it means to be alive
She drives me crazy in all kinds of ways
Love kicked my head and took down my name
What happened

Here she comes
There we go

I feel so light and I move like a bird
Hard as a rose sharp as a word
I’m happy

Here she comes
There we go

When I die
Where I go I don’t know
Through the sky maybe down low
Whichever is for real

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Lean On Me ~ Bill Withers

Bill Withers is an American singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. Some of his best-known songs are “Lean on Me”, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Use Me”, “Just the Two of Us”, “Lovely Day”, and “Grandma’s Hands”.

Withers was born the youngest of thirteen children in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia. Raised in nearby Beckley, West Virginia, Withers was thirteen years old when his father died. He enlisted with the United States Navy at age eighteen and served for nine years, during which time he became interested in singing and writing songs. Soon after his discharge from the Navy in 1970, he relocated to Los Angeles for a musical career.

Withers worked as an assembler for several different companies, including Douglas Aircraft Corporation, while recording demo tapes with his own money, shopping them around and performing in clubs at night. When he debuted with the song “Ain’t No Sunshine” he refused to resign his job because of his belief that the music business was a fickle industry and that he was still a novice compared to other acts.

In 2007, “Lean On Me” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

In 2014, he was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Lean On Me

Lean on Me” is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Bill Withers. It was released in April 1972 as the first single from his second album, Still Bill. It was his first and only number one single on both the soul singles and the Billboard Hot 100. It is ranked number 205 on Rolling Stone‘s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. Numerous cover versions have been recorded, and it is one of only nine songs to have reached No. 1 with versions recorded by two different artists.

Withers’ childhood in the coal mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia, was the inspiration for “Lean on Me”, which he wrote after he had moved to Los Angeles and found himself missing the strong community ethic of his hometown. He lived in a decrepit house in the poor section of town.

Withers recalled to Songfacts the original inspiration for the song:

“I bought a little piano and I was sitting there just running my fingers up and down the piano. In the course of doing the music, that phrase crossed my mind, so then you go back and say, ‘OK, I like the way that phrase, Lean On Me, sounds with this song.'”

Several members of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band were used for the recording session in 1972.

Lean On Me – Bill Withers

Sometimes in our lives
We all have pain, we all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow

Lean on me when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on

Please, swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you won’t let show

You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on

You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on

If there is a load
You have to bear that you can’t carry
I’m right up the road, I’ll share your load
If you just call me

Call me (If you need a friend)
Call me (Call me uh-huh)
Call me (When you need a friend)
Call me (If you ever need a friend)
Call me (Call me)
Call me (Call me)
Call me (Call me)
Call me (Call me)
Call me (If you need a friend)
Call me (Call me)
Call me (Call me)
Call me (Call me)
Call me (Call me)
Call me

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Orange Sky ~ Alexi Murdoch

Alexi Murdoch is a singer-songwriter born in London and raised in Scotland, Greece and France, now living in Berlin.

Murdoch moved to the United States in 1992 to study at Duke University, before moving to Los Angeles, California to be with a girlfriend. He first gained notice when an influential Los Angeles DJ, Nic Harcourt, began playing his music on the radio station KCRW. It led to much interest from the LA’s music industry, which Murdoch largely ignored, turning down advances from record labels and opting to release his music independently.

Murdoch’s first album, Time Without Consequence, was released on June 6, 2006 on his own label, Zero Summer. As with the EP, Murdoch continued to turn down the record deals he was offered from numerous major labels in order to maintain creative control. (The record was distributed nationally through Sony BMG.) Time Without Consequence peaked at #25 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

On June 9, 2006, Murdoch began a 34-city tour in conjunction with the Coalition of Independent Music Stores, with most bookings at independent record stores.

The album became one of the most licensed albums of the decade, receiving placements on dozens of films and television shows. “Orange Sky” appeared in The O.C., House, Prison Break,  Ugly Betty, Dirty Sexy Money, Ladder 49, and in promotions for Oscar nominated foreign film, Paradise Now, Southland and a Honda commercial.[8] “Home” appeared in a season 2 episode of Prison Break. “All My Days” was featured in The O.C., Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, Without a Trace, Stargate Universe, and a promo for Southland. It has also featured as the opening song in the movie Real Steel. “Song For You” appeared in Everwood. “12” appeared in the show “Brothers & Sisters” and “One Tree Hill.” “Blue Mind” was featured in the 2008 adventure film The Sharp End, and several episodes of Dawson’s Creek. “Breathe” was used in Stargate Universe, and the 2008 film Tenderness, where the album Time Without Consequence is also shown on a scene of the film. “Wait” was used in the shows Defying Gravity and Parenthood. “It’s Only Fear” was used in the Brothers and Sisters. Several songs were used in a surfing documentary One California Day. “Crinan Wood” was used in the episode Chuck Versus the Masquerade from the show Chuck.

In the spring of 2009, Murdoch embarked on a rare U.S. headlining tour, during which he has been distributing an early version of a new album entitled Towards the Sun in a limited edition packaged in a hand-printed, cardboard sleeve.

Several of these new songs quickly appeared on the internet. Later, the song “Through the Dark” was used in the final scene and end credits of actor Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, as well as the television series “The Vampire Diaries”. Several other Towards the Sun songs were used on the soundtrack to Oscar winner Sam Mendes’ 2009 film Away We Go which had a screenplay by the writers Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. There was an album tied to the film release which contained a mix of songs from Time Without Consequence and Towards the Sun alongside single songs by The Stranglers, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and the Velvet Underground. The track “Some Day Soon” was featured in the second episode of Touch, titled “Safety in Numbers”.

Recent bookings by Murdoch include two concerts in Berlin, one small club appearance and a second as part of the City Slang label’s 20th anniversary. In February 2011 he performed in New York City as part of Lincoln Center’s prestigious “American Songbook Series”, after which he went on a sold out tour of major markets throughout North America. (i.e. Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Chicago, Minneapolis.) 2011 also saw the official release of his third recording, “Towards The Sun”.

Orange Sky

Orange Sky” is a single from Alexi Murdoch’s EP Four Songs. The song is also included on Murdoch’s first LP album Time Without Consequence.

The song was featured in the movie Garden State, although it was not released on the soundtrack for the film, and Ladder 49. It was also included in episodes of the television shows Dawson’s Creek, The O.C., Prison Break, House, Brothers & Sisters and Ugly Betty. “Orange Sky” has also been featured in commercials for the Honda Element and for Hallmark Cards. It was used again in the trailer for the film Paradise Now in 2005. Director Josh Lowell also used it for several sequences in the climbing video Pilgrimage featuring Chris Sharma. In 2009, NBC used the song in advertisements for the cop drama Southland. The song was also featured in the 2009 movie, Away We Go.


Orange Sky – Alexi Murdoch

Well I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
Yes I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
With my brother standing by
With my brother standing by
I said Brother, you know you know
It’s a long road we’ve been walking on
Brother you know it is you know it is
Such a long road we’ve been walking on

And I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
With my sister standing by
With my sister standing by
I said Sister, here is what I know now
Here is what I know now
Goes like this..
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, in your love, in your love

But sister you know I’m so weary
And you know sister
My hearts been broken
Sometimes, sometimes
My mind is too strong to carry on
Too strong to carry on

When I am alone
When I’ve thrown off the weight of this crazy stone
When I’ve lost all care for the things I own
That’s when I miss you, that’s when I miss you, that’s when I miss you
You who are my home
You who are my home
And here is what I know now
Here is what I know now
Goes like this..
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, in your love, in your love

Well I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
Yes I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
With my brother and my sister standing by
With my brother and my sister standing by
With my brother and my sister standing by


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Uprising ~ Muse

Muse is a British rock trio, not to be confused with the Florida-based US band of the same name, grew up in the sleepy small-town backwater of Teignmouth, Devon. School friends Matthew Bellamy,  guitar/vocals, the son of George Bellamy of the Tornados), Chris Wolstenhome , bass and Dominic Howard, drums  first formed a band as teenagers, struggling on the local pub circuit as Gothic Plague, Fixed Penalty and Rocket Baby Dolls. They eventually settled on Muse, a name far more in sync with a rapidly developing style clearly influenced by Radiohead, Nirvana and the late Jeff Buckley (notably Bellamy’s vocals). A well-received appearance at 1998’s In The City showcase failed to land the trio a recording contract. Two independent releases on Dangerous Records, the four-track Muse (May 1998) and six-track Muscle Museum (January 1999), garnered strong praise for the band’s grandiose art-rock. In the meantime, an appearance at CMJ in New York led to a high profile recording contract with Madonna’s Maverick Records. Shortly afterwards, the band were snapped up by Mushroom Records in the UK. A strong set at 1999’s Glastonbury Festival failed to push their debut single ‘Uno’ higher than number 73 in the UK charts, but the band were consoled by positive reviews for their John Leckie-produced debut, Showbiz. The explosive atmosphere of tracks such as ‘Sunburn’, ‘Cave’ and ‘Sober’ stood out on a record that failed to rise above the sum of its influences.

The follow-up, 2001’s Origin Of Symmetry, was an equally bombastic but far superior collection that helped propel the band to new commercial and critical heights. The album reached the UK Top 5 but was denied an initial US release when the band refused to re-record some of the tracks at the request of their record company. Following the release of a third album, Absolution, the trio began to make inroads into the American market. The album included ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, which had previously been made available as a download single. The trio then excelled themselves on 2006’s Black Holes & Revelations, a superbly executed concept album complete with suitably 70s styled art work courtesy of Storm Thorgerson.

Uprising

Matt Bellamy’s voice is deeper than usual. In terms of lyrics, this is the usual Muse: conspiracies, apocalypse, he announces a gathering, speaks of victory and that “they will not control us.” The sound, still very dense and heavy is accompanied by passages of synths.


Uprising – Bellamy

The paranoia is in bloom, the PR
The transmissions will resume
They’ll try to push drugs
Keep us all dumbed down and hope that
We will never see the truth around
(So come on!)

Another promise, another scene, another
A package not to keep us trapped in greed
With all the green belts wrapped around our minds
And endless red tape to keep the truth confined
(So come on!)

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious

Interchanging mind control
Come let the revolution take its toll if you could
Flick the switch and open your third eye, you’d see that
We should never be afraid to die
(So come on!)

Rise up and take the power back, it’s time that
The fat cats had a heart attack, you know that
Their time is coming to an end
We have to unify and watch our flag ascend

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious

Hey .. hey … hey .. hey!

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious

Hey .. hey … hey .. hey!

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Hey You ~ Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. They are known for philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, innovative cover art, and elaborate live shows. One of rock music’s most successful acts, the group have sold over 200 million albums worldwide including 74.5 million albums in the United States alone.

Pink Floyd had moderate mainstream success and were one of the most popular bands in the London underground music scene in the late 1960s as a psychedelic band led by Syd Barrett; however, Barrett’s erratic behavior eventually forced his colleagues to replace him with guitarist and singer David Gilmour. After Barrett’s departure, singer and bass player Roger Waters gradually became the dominant and driving force in the mid-1970s, until his eventual departure from the group in 1985. The band recorded several albums, achieving worldwide success with The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), and The Wall (1979). In 1985, Waters declared Pink Floyd “A spent force”, but the remaining members, led by Gilmour, continued recording and touring under the name Pink Floyd. Although they were unsuccessfully sued by Waters for rights to the name, they again enjoyed worldwide success with A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994). Eventually they reached a settlement out of court with Waters allowing them use of the name.

Waters performed with the band for the first time in 24 years on July 2, 2005 at the London Live 8 concert.

Richard Wright, keyboardist and pianist for the band and wrote significant parts of the music for classic albums such as Meddle, The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, as well as for Pink Floyd’s final studio album The Division Bell. He frequently sang background and occasionally lead vocals onstage and in the studio with Pink Floyd (most notably on the songs “Time”, “Echoes”, and on the Syd Barrett composition “Astronomy Domine”).

Richard Wright passed away on September 15, 2008 at the age of 65 from an undisclosed form of cancer.

Hey You

Hey You” is a song by Pink Floyd. It appears on The Wall album (1979). It starts the second disc of the double album. This song, along with “The Show Must Go On”, was edited out of the film for fear on the part of the filmmakers that the film was running too long; however, a rough version is available as an extra on the 25th Anniversary Edition DVD.

The Wall tells the story of Pink, an alienated young rock star who is retreating from society and isolating himself. In “Hey You”, Pink realizes the mistake he made in shunning society, and attempts to regain contact with the outside world. However, he cannot see or hear beyond the wall. Pink’s call becomes more and more desperate as he begins to realize there is no escape.

“Hey You” was shot for the film Pink Floyd—The Wall, but the sequence (also known as Reel 13) was ultimately not included. A work print appears on the special edition DVD, in black and white. Most of the footage was used in other sequences (most notably “Another Brick in the Wall (Part III)”).

The scene begins with Pink trying to claw out of his freshly completed wall. The scene then switches to Pink’s concert-goers, all of them with a blank and vacant look on their faces. These are the people “Standing in the aisles with itchy feet and fading smiles” that Pink is trying to reach out to. Next is a shot of empty infirmary beds followed by a view of two empty chairs in a white room. A motionless Pink fades into the chair on the left, with his nude wife fading into the right chair a short time later. After turning her head to look at her unresponsive husband, she fades out of the scene, which shifts to a montage of rioting scenes, with people tipping over cars and throwing Molotov cocktails at riot police. After the montage, a hand is shown clawing at a window (the color version of this is actually shown at the end of “The Trial”) followed by a large group of maggots (the “worms” eating into Pink’s brain). After a shot of Pink in an infirmary bed and his screaming wife superimposed over the image, the scene takes back to the riot, where a long line of police officers hold back a mob of rioters who have barricaded themselves behind a pile of desks and mattresses. The scene ends with Pink against his wall, having given up on finding a way out.


Hey You (Waters)

Hey you, out there in the cold
Getting lonely, getting old
Can you feel me?
Hey you, standing in the aisles
With itchy feet and fading smiles
Can you feel me?
Hey you, dont help them to bury the light
Don’t give in without a fight.

Hey you, out there on your own
Sitting naked by the phone
Would you touch me?
Hey you, with you ear against the wall
Waiting for someone to call out
Would you touch me?
Hey you, would you help me to carry the stone?
Open your heart, I’m coming home.

But it was only fantasy.
The wall was too high,
As you can see.
No matter how he tried,
He could not break free.
And the worms ate into his brain.

Hey you, standing in the road
always doing what you’re told,
Can you help me?
Hey you, out there beyond the wall,
Breaking bottles in the hall,
Can you help me?
Hey you, don’t tell me there’s no hope at all
Together we stand, divided we fall.

[Click of TV being turned on]
“Well, only got an hour of daylight left. Better get started”
“Isnt it unsafe to travel at night?”
“It’ll be a lot less safe to stay here. You’re father’s gunna pick up our trail before long”
“Can Loca ride?”
“Yeah, I can ride… Magaret, time to go! Maigret, thank you for everything”
“Goodbye Chenga”
“Goodbye miss …”
“I’ll be back”

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Daisy Jane ~ America

America are an English-American folk rock band, originally composed of members Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek. The three members were barely past their teenage years when they became an overnight musical sensation in 1972. They reached a peak in popularity in the early to mid 1970s and early 1980s. Among the band’s best known songs are “A Horse with No Name,” “Sister Golden Hair” (both of which reached Number 1), “Ventura Highway,” and “Tin Man”.

Sons of American fathers and British mothers, their fathers being military personnel stationed at the United States Air Force installation at RAF West Ruislip, London, all three attended London Central High School, at High Wycombe in the mid-1960s where they met while playing in two different bands.

Peek left for the United States for an abortive attempt at college in 1969. Upon his return to the UK the following year, the three hooked up and began to collaborate on making music. Starting out with borrowed acoustic guitars, they developed a sound which incorporated three-part vocal harmony in the vein of contemporary folk-rock acts like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Eventually the trio dubbed themselves America, honoring the name of the homeland they had hardly ever seen during their many travels around the world.

Daisy Jane

Daisy Jane” is a song written by Gerry Beckley of the group America which was introduced on the 1975 America album Hearts. Issued as that album’s second single – following up the #1 hit “Sister Golden Hair”, “Daisy Jane” reached #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming the final Top 20 hit by the original three-member incarnation of America: on the Easy Listening chart the track reached #4.

The song’s narrator indicates he’s flying back to Memphis in hopes of reconnecting with the girl he left behind “to roam the city”. Beckley, who wrote the song at his cottage in East Sussex, has stated: “There was no such person as Daisy Jane and I had never even been to Memphis”; he believes that the Nick Drake song “Hazey Jane” likely gave him [i.e. Beckley] the idea of writing a song entitled “Daisy Jane”.

The piano motif was covered in the opening bars of Janet Jackson’s 1987 ballad Let’s Wait Awhile.

A cello is heard during the instrumental portion plus the second verse and Chorus.


Daisy Jane - Gerry Beckley

Flyin’ me back to Memphis
Gotta find my Daisy Jane
Well, the summer’s gone
And I hope she’s feelin’ the same

Well, I left her just to roam the city
Thinkin’ it would ease the pain
I’m a crazy man
And I’m playin’ my crazy game, game

Does she really love me
I think she does
Like the stars above me
I know because
When the sky is bright
Everything’s alright

Flyin’ me back to Memphis
Honey, keep the oven warm
All the clouds are clearin’
And I think we’re over the storm

Well, I’ve been pickin’ it up around me
Daisy, I think I’m sane
And I’m awful glad
And I guess you’re really to blame, blame

Do you really love me
I hope you do
Like the stars above me
How I love you
When it’s cold at night
Everything’s alright

Does she really love me
I think she does
Like the stars above me
I know because
When the sky is bright
Everything’s alright

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Generation Landslide ~ Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper is an American rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans five decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood and boa constrictors, Cooper drew equally from horror movies, vaudeville, heavy metal and garage rock to create a theatrical brand of rock music that would come to be known as shock rock.

Alice Cooper was originally a band consisting of Furnier on vocals and harmonica, lead guitarist Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar, and drummer Neal Smith. The original Alice Cooper band broke into the international music mainstream with 1971’s monster hit “I’m Eighteen” from the album Love it to Death, which was followed by the even bigger single “School’s Out” in 1972. The band reached their commercial peak with the 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies.

Generation Landslide

The year was 1972. Alice Cooper came out with his “Billion Dollar Babies” album, and just about everyone had the 8-Track in their car. Generation landslide was a cut off of that album.

Generation Landslide – Cooper, Buxton, Bruce, Dunaway, Smith

Please clean your plate, dear.
The Lord above can see ya.
Don’t you know people are starving in Korea?
Alcohol and razor blades and poison and needles,
Kindergarten people – they use ‘em, the need ‘em.
The over indulgent machines were their children.
There wasn’t a way down on Earth here to cool ‘em,
‘Cause they look just like humans at Kresges and Woolworths.
But decadent brains were at work to destroy.
Brats in battalions were ruling the streets,
Sayin’ generation landslide closed the gap between ‘em.

And I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies
Who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.

Militant mothers hiding in their basement
Using pots and pans as their shields and their helmets.
Molotov milk bottles heaved from pink high chairs,
While Mothers’ Lib burns birth certificate papers.
Dad gets his allowance from his sonny, the dealer,
Who’s pubic to the world but involved in high finance.
Sister’s out ’til five doing banker’s son’s hours.
But she owns a Maserati that’s a gift from his father.
Stopped at full speed at one hundred miles per hour.
The Colgate invisible shield finally got ‘em.

And I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies
Who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.

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