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  •  Jackson Browne reminds me of Paul Simon, with (3+ / 0-)

    his perfectly crafted tales, and his phrases that punch and linger. He's very good at cutting down imperialism and mindless consumerism. His '70s slice of life vignettes still haunt me:

    I'm going to find myself a girl
    Who can show me what laughter means
    And we'll fill in the missing colors
    In each other's paint by number dreams
    And then we'll put our dark glasses on
    And we'll make love until our strength is gone
    And when the morning light comes streaming in
    We'll get up and do it again
    Get it up again

    I'm going to be a happy idiot
    And struggle for the legal tender
    Where the ads take aim and lay their claim
    To the heart and the soul of the spender
    And believe in whatever may lie
    In those things that money can buy
    Though true love could have been a contender
    Are you there?
    Say a prayer for the pretender
    Who started out so young and strong
    Only to surrender

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sat May 25, 2013 at 11:09:09 AM PDT

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