Friday, October 30, 2009


A Monster of the Loose

During my teens and twenties, I looked to songs and music to help find some sense of life. Looking back, I wonder why it took me so long to realize that, in general, lyricists and musicians had no greater insight into life's mysteries than myself or anyone else.

Still, lately, the words to one of my old favorites, “Monster” by Steppenwolf, keeps coming to mind. The first half of the song covers the settling (conquering) of America by Europeans and then moves on to current circumstances. Although the song was released 40 years ago, it speaks quite will to today's situation.

The last half of the song is what speaks to us now.

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

The spirit was freedom and justice
And it's keepers seem generous and kind

Isn't this why Obama was elected? He seemed generous and kind. He was going to give us “universal” health care. He and his Democratic cohorts were going to be so much better than those nasty, cold-hearted Rethuglicans.

It's leaders were supposed to serve the country
But now they won't pay it no mind;

As much as any previous administration, Obama is greasing the palms of the wealthy and his supporters. Screw the commoners.'

Cause the people grew fat and got lazy
And now their vote is a meaningless joke

They babble about law and order
But it's all just an echo of what they've been told
Yeah, there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watchin'

Our cities have turned into jungles
And corruption is stranglin' the land
The police force is watching the people
And the people just can't understand
We don't know how to mind our own business
'Cause the whole worlds got to be just like us
Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who's the winner
We can't pay the cost

'Cause there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watching

So much for hope and change, it's 1969 all over again.

This Halloween the monsters are especially scary.

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