Rodriguez – This Is Not A Song, Its An Outburst Or, The Establishment Blues

Written by Rodriguez in 1970, but its lyrics are pretty much reflecting the society nowadays (52 years later):

The mayor hides the crime rate
Council woman hesitates
Public gets irate but forget the vote date
Weatherman complaining, predicted sun, it’s raining
Everyone’s protesting, boyfriend keeps suggesting
You’re not like all of the rest

Garbage ain’t collected, women ain’t protected
Politicians using, people they’re abusing
The mafia’s getting bigger, like pollution in the river
And you tell me that this is where it’s at

Woke up this morning with an ache in my head
I splashed on my clothes as I spilled out of bed
I opened the window to listen to the news
But all I heard was the Establishment’s Blues.

Gun sales are soaring, housewives find life boring
Divorce the only answer smoking causes cancer
This system’s gonna fall soon, to an angry young tune
And that’s a concrete cold fact

The pope digs population, freedom from taxation
Teeny Bops are uptight, drinking at a stoplight
Miniskirt is flirting I can’t stop so I’m hurting
Spinster sells her hopeless chest

Adultery plays the kitchen, bigot cops non-fiction
The little man gets shafted, sons and monies drafted
Living by a time piece, new war in the Far East
Can you pass the Rorschach test?

It’s a hassle, it’s an educated guess.
Well, frankly I couldn’t care less

The sad fact that Rodriguez has lived in poverty for decades without having his music being recognized until the late 90s, showcases how certain topics expressed through art can be left out from the public’s eye. Why does speaking the truth provokes so much controversy? To a point that the truth speaker is the actual “bad guy” – being left aside, alienated, forgotten…

But he was brought to the public eye and now we have the privilege of listening to his brilliant music from the 70s – which to me – it feels rather contemporary. 🙂

For more about Rodriguez – I recommend watching the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man”

We are living modern times by using still same old ways…

Feel free to use your imagination to figure out what I mean.

Categories Arts & Entertainment, Break Time, PPP (Psychology, Philosphy, Politics)Tags , , , , ,

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