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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at www.clsnet.org if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Caught in the Devil's Bargain

That's what Joni Mitchell said in the Woodstock Song.

We are stardust, we are golden;
We are part of the Devil's Garden.

Remarkable stories in NY Times over the last several days and two hour documentary last night on History Channel.

Some dismiss it all as "Boomer Supremacy".
But I join Yale's Harold Bloom and say it is all much more than that, a segueway from Cane Ridge to the election of Barack, Obama, American Citizen, as President of the United States.

Here are Joni's lyrics:


By the time we got to woodstock
We were half a million strongAnd everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation
We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devils bargain
And weve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden


http://www.lyricsfreak.com/j/joni+mitchell/woodstock_20075381.html

2 Comments:

Blogger John Killian said...

Joni may have penned the song, but the best version of the Woodstock song is by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.

8:26 AM  
Blogger foxofbama said...

Thanks Dr. Killian for the comment.

The line Caught in the Devil's Bargain strikes me as John Calvin inflected, resonating strongly with the thoughts of Harold Bloom in The American Religion.

Our mutual acquaintance there in Bham, fan of Arkansas sacred Bluegrass will have a stellar lineup this coming Spring at BCOC.net featuring Danny Schmidt.
Hope you make it over for that one.
Joni Mitchell would be impressed with his lyrics.

Speaking of Woodstock, I hear in another life Janis Joplin only aspired to the bluegrass sound of Emmy Lou Harris. Most likely she woulda been content to be a version and good friend of Iris Dement whose version of taking Jimmy Rogers Home was sublime on Prairie Home Companion over the weekend.

12:16 PM  

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