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  •  So What About This Guy... (2+ / 0-)
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    Naniboujou, Stranded Wind

    Terry.

    Now I do have a vested interest because I co-wrote the song, but I would like opinions from people with some experience re: a learning disability. If you want to know more about Terry (the character), he also makes an appearance in, "Nick's Diner." Co-writer and I are still getting to know Terry as a character, but we do know already that while he's not a saint, we do like him.

    best,

    john

    I support socialized water

    by jabney on Thu Mar 19, 2009 at 06:15:33 PM PDT

    •  Lyrics? (3+ / 0-)
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      jabney, plf515, wa ma

      For those of us with auditory processing disabilities?

      •  Lyrics - Thanks for Asking (1+ / 0-)
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        plf515

        Terry © John Abney & Ian McCarthy - 2009

        (v1)
        Maury learns quickly
        He aces every test
        Tonya underachieves
        So her friends will like her best
        Well
        I'm a year bigger then our junior class
        I got held back
        I choose to forgive
        And I never forget
        Things take me a while
        But I know just what you meant
        When you said

        (chorus)
        Blame Terry He'll believe it was him
        Blame Terry He'll believe it was him
        Blame Terry He'll believe it was him
        Well I'm slow
        I'm slow not blind
        I'm slow
        I'm slow not blind

        (v2)
        I am a hero
        I keep my thoughts inside
        No one wants to believe
        That they're always choosing sides
        Well
        We weren't even smoking when the cops rolled by
        Just caught their eye
        They cough-up what they're told
        Like they're smoking government
        It's the same in this town
        And it has been ever since
        That they said

        (chorus)
        Blame Terry He'll believe it was him
        Blame Terry He'll believe it was him
        Blame Terry He'll believe it was him
        Well I'm slow
        I'm slow not blind
        I'm slow
        I'm slow not blind

        (chorus - reprise)
        Blame Terry He'll believe it was him
        Blame Terry He'll believe it was him
        Blame Terry He'll believe it was him
        Blame Terry
        Blame Terry
        Blame Terry He'll believe it was him
        Blame Terry He'll believe it was him
        Blame Terry He'll believe it was him
        Blame Terry
        Blame Terry
        Blame Terry He'll believe it was him
        Blame Terry He'll believe it was him
        Blame Terry He'll believe it was him
        I'm slow not blind

        best,

        john

        I support socialized water

        by jabney on Thu Mar 19, 2009 at 09:16:36 PM PDT

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        •  Oops - Than, not Then in line 6 n/t (0+ / 0-)

          I support socialized water

          by jabney on Thu Mar 19, 2009 at 09:34:00 PM PDT

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        •  Interesting (0+ / 0-)

          Personally, I think there's a little disconnect - it is us, in that, yes, we are disabled.  But it has nothing to do with blame or fault.

          Just as it is not a deaf person's fault that he or she cannot hear - yet it is that person that cannot hear.  

          Rather than blame, we need to develop ways for people to deal with their disabilities.  Not by denying that they are disabilities, but by figuring ways to cope.

          NYC meetup! 3/25, 6:30 until ...with Frankenoid. Fred's, 83rd and Amst. Please contact me or frankenoid to RSVP (please)

          by plf515 on Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 02:34:15 AM PDT

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          •  This makes sense. (1+ / 0-)
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            plf515

            Rather than blame, we need to develop ways for people to deal with their disabilities.  Not by denying that they are disabilities, but by figuring ways to cope.

            Yes. This makes sense.

            This is one of the reasons that the pity approach to fundraising has always gotten on my nerves: it's always about "look how bad these people have it with this disability", never about "look what these people would be able to achieve if they had the right resources available."

          •  Ouch! (0+ / 0-)

            As the songwriters, co-writer and I have the responsibility of conveying meaning. When we don't then we need to ask why. Unlike a poem, we don't have the benefit of punctuation. (In exchange, we do get the benefit of performance and music.)

            Had this been a poem, I would have put quotation marks around the choruses to make it clearer as to whom is speaking. Co-writer and I don't like to over-explain lyrics - it's indie-rock, so some interpretation on the part of the listener is part of the package. But (if you're still following the thread) I would be interested in two things: First, would you consider listening to the song again, and then see if you still feel there's a disconnect; Second, would you consider allowing your kid to listen to the song and read the lyrics, and then - before sharing your opinion - get your kid's opinion.

            I do thank you for diary. And I thank you for responding.

            best,

            john

            I support socialized water

            by jabney on Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 12:17:25 PM PDT

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      •  or those of us who don't want to wake (0+ / 0-)

        sleeping spouses :-)

        NYC meetup! 3/25, 6:30 until ...with Frankenoid. Fred's, 83rd and Amst. Please contact me or frankenoid to RSVP (please)

        by plf515 on Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 02:30:21 AM PDT

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