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Monday, February 11, 2008

So Many Roads, So Much at Stake...

My blogs have been kind of lame lately (lately? you ask?) & for that I apologize.

Like most people (at least I think so), I don't like to be sold anything. That's the tough part of my job. For the most part, I believe the products I sell work, & I've used most of them to know that it's true. A lot of the time, however, I know some of the advertisements & labels to be either grossly overstated or in other cases, untrue. Often times in order to get new business I have to make a bit of a sales pitch & it's always an extremely odd thing to do. I want to be good at what I do & have a good product to sell, but I don't necessarily want to tell people about it.

The election can be at both times interesting & frustrating. During these debates, I want a designated panel to yell BS! at the appropriate times when they feel the candidate is reading from their own personal script.

The song of the month explains this point brilliantly, if you ask me. Dignity is never where you think it is & it can never be seen. This would be a greater idea if it included the word integrity, but that doesn't fit the rhyme quite as well. Perhaps the word's exclusion shows a lack of dignity.


Fat man lookin' in a blade of steel
Thin man lookin' at his last meal
Hollow man lookin' in a cottonfield
For dignity

Wise man lookin' in a blade of grass
Young man lookin' in the shadows that pass
Poor man lookin' through painted glass
For dignity

Somebody got murdered on New Year's Eve
Somebody said dignity was the first to leave
I went into the city, went into the town
Went into the land of the midnight sun

Searchin' high, searchin' low
Searchin' everywhere I know
Askin' the cops wherever I go
Have you seen dignity?

Blind man breakin' out of a trance
Puts both his hands in the pockets of chance
Hopin' to find one circumstance
Of dignity

I went to the wedding of Mary-lou
She said I don't want nobody see me talkin' to you
Said she could get killed if she told me what she knew
About dignity

I went down where the vultures feed
I would've got deeper, but there wasn't any need
Heard the tongues of angels and the tongues of men
Wasn't any difference to me

Chilly wind sharp as a razor blade
House on fire, debts unpaid
Gonna stand at the window, gonna ask the maid
Have you seen dignity?

Drinkin' man listens to the voice he hears
In a crowded room full of covered up mirrors
Lookin' into the lost forgotten years
For dignity

Met Prince Phillip at the home of the blues
Said he'd give me information if his name wasn't used
He wanted money up front, said he was abused
By dignity

Footprints runnin' cross the silver sand
Steps goin' down into tattoo land
I met the sons of darkness and the sons of light
In the bordertowns of despair

Got no place to fade, got no coat
I'm on the rollin' river in a jerkin' boat
Tryin' to read a note somebody wrote
About dignity

Sick man lookin' for the doctor's cure
Lookin' at his hands for the lines that were
And into every masterpiece of literature
for dignity

Englishman stranded in the blackheart wind
Combin' his hair back, his future looks thin
Bites the bullet and he looks within
For dignity

Someone showed me a picture and I just laughed
Dignity never been photographed
I went into the red, went into the black
Into the valley of dry bone dreams

So many roads, so much at stake
So many dead ends, I'm at the edge of the lake
Sometimes I wonder what it's gonna take
To find dignity

Copyright © 1991 Special Rider Music

Five Favorite Songs of the Day

The Times They are a Changin'-Bob Dylan, Avignon France, 1981

'Round Midnight-Miles Davis, 'Round Midnight

We Both Go Down Together-The Decemberists, Picaresque

All of You-Miles Davis, 'Round Midnight

Dignity-Bob Dylan, Rochester 2004

Happy Monday, friends...


1 comment:

Pam said...

And how can a person have dignity without integrity? Wise words!

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