When I’m Gone – Phil Ochs

When I’m Gone – Phil Ochs

There’s no place in this world where I’ll belong when I’m gone
And I won’t know the right from the wrong when I’m gone
And you won’t find me singin’ on this song when I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

And I won’t feel the flowing of the time when I’m gone
All the pleasures of love will not be mine when I’m gone
My pen won’t pour a lyric line when I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

And I won’t breathe the bracing air when I’m gone
And I can’t even worry ’bout my cares when I’m gone
Won’t be asked to do my share when I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

And I won’t be running from the rain when I’m gone
And I can’t even suffer from the pain when I’m gone
Can’t say who’s to praise and who’s to blame when I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

Won’t see the golden of the sun when I’m gone
And the evenings and the mornings will be one when I’m gone
Can’t be singing louder than the guns while I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here
All my days won’t be dances of delight when I’m gone
And the sands will be shifting from my sight when I’m gone
Can’t add my name into the fight while I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

And I won’t be laughing at the lies when I’m gone
And I can’t question how or when or why when I’m gone
Can’t live proud enough to die when I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

There’s no place in this world where I’ll belong when I’m gone
And I won’t know the right from the wrong when I’m gone
And you won’t find me singin’ on this song when I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it, I guess I’ll have to do it, guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

The Doors – Unknown Soldier – Anti-war lyrics with theatre.

At their best – theatre, anger and politics!!

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The Doors and Jim Morrison were never shy of putting their views across. They were hard-edged and political, uncompromising.

When Jim did his anti-war songs he put everything into it. This song was not only lyrically poetically clear in it’s message but he married to the theatrical element of a mock execution. On stage he would be shot and writhe about. It was something to behold.

Back then we were watching the terrible images of what was going on with every TV newsflash. Nothing was censored. We saw little girls being encased in billowing livid napalm, civilians having their brain blown out in graphic detail. You could watch gruesome death while eating your cornflakes. We were in no doubt about the horror, indiscriminate killing and agony.

The government soon learnt. All future wars were heavily censored and sanitised.

“The Unknown Soldier”

Wait until the war is over
And we’re both…

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The Doors – Five to One – Angry lyrics reflecting the division between the generation in the sixties.

A great angry song

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There was a sense of complete breakdown between the counter-culture and the older generation. The anti-war demonstrations provoked huge police brutality and such a tension that there was open, if rather daft, talk of revolution.

The streets were caked with blood and teargas.

Youth wanted to drop out of the nine to five rut of work and live more meaningfully. They saw work as a prostitution.

This song reflects that angst.

“Five To One”

Yeah, c’mon
Love my girl
She lookin’ good
C’mon
One more

Five to one, baby
One in five
No one here gets out alive, now
You get yours, baby
I’ll get mine
Gonna make it, baby
If we try

The old get old
And the young get stronger
May take a week
And it may take longer
They got the guns
But we got the numbers
Gonna win, yeah
We’re takin’ over
Come on!

Yeah!

Your…

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The End – The Doors – A fitting finale.

The Doors song of oedipal passion. We destroy the things we love. We are destroying the planet – raping our own mother.

This song got them thrown out of clubs and banned. It has that eerie quality of menace and ability to shock. Back in the sixties it was truly shocking. It was censored on the record.

This is the end of this stage of my blog.

“The End”

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the endOf our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes…again

Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need…of some…stranger’s hand
In a…desperate land

Lost in a Roman…wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain, yeah

There’s danger on the edge of town
Ride the King’s highway, baby
Weird scenes inside the gold mine
Ride the highway west, baby

Ride the snake, ride the snake
To the lake, the ancient lake, baby
The snake is long, seven miles
Ride the snake…he’s old, and his skin is cold

The west is the best
The west is the best
Get here, and we’ll do the rest

The blue bus is callin’ us
The blue bus is callin’ us
Driver, where you taken’ us

The killer awoke before dawn, he put his boots on
He took a face from the ancient gallery
And he walked on down the hall
He went into the room where his sister lived, and…then he
Paid a visit to his brother, and then he
He walked on down the hall, and
And he came to a door…and he looked inside
Father, yes son, I want to kill you
Mother…I want to…fuck you

C’mon baby, take a chance with us
C’mon baby, take a chance with us
C’mon baby, take a chance with us
And meet me at the back of the blue bus
Doin’ a blue rock
On a blue bus
Doin’ a blue rock
C’mon, yeah

Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

It hurts to set you free
But you’ll never follow me
The end of laughter and soft lies
The end of nights we tried to die

This is the end

The Doors – When The Music’s Over – Turn off the lights!!

We want the world and we want it Now!!  NOW!!!  NOW!!!!!

We want it safe. We want it free of hate, war, injustice and violence.

We want it free of greed, selfishness and inequality.

We want it full of beauty, wildlife and nature.

We want it free of pollution and destruction.

We want it full of love, creativity and happiness.

We want the world and we want it Now!!  NOW!!!  NOW!!!!!

“When The Music’s Over”

Yeah, c’mon

When the music’s over
When the music’s over, yeah
When the music’s over
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights, yeah

When the music’s over
When the music’s over
When the music’s over
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights

For the music is your special friend
Dance on fire as it intends
Music is your only friend
Until the end
Until the end
Until the end

Cancel my subscription to the Resurrection
Send my credentials to the House of Detention
I got some friends inside

The face in the mirror won’t stop
The girl in the window won’t drop
A feast of friends
“Alive!” she cried
Waitin’ for me
Outside!

Before I sink
Into the big sleep
I want to hear
I want to hear
The scream of the butterfly

Come back, baby
Back into my arm
We’re gettin’ tired of hangin’ around
Waitin’ around with our heads to the ground

I hear a very gentle sound
Very near yet very far
Very soft, yeah, very clear
Come today, come today

What have they done to the earth?
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences and dragged her down

I hear a very gentle sound
With your ear down to the ground
We want the world and we want it…
We want the world and we want it…
Now
Now?
Now!

Persian night, babe
See the light, babe
Save us!
Jesus!
Save us!

So when the music’s over
When the music’s over, yeah
When the music’s over
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights

Well the music is your special friend
Dance on fire as it intends
Music is your only friend
Until the end
Until the end
Until the end!

Huge Thank to all my supporters over the past three years!

Thank you for all your support, your comments and likes!! It gave me tremendous strength!!

I have made many friends all over the world.

My blog is my home. I open up my inner thoughts and share them with you.

Thank you for visiting! Thank you for sharing! Thank you for being part of my community!

Keep building that better world! I shall be back from time to time and probably in the summer. Until then – Hasta La Vista!!