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Thunder Road

Favorite Line(s):
With a chance to make it good somehow
Hey what else can we do now
Except roll down the window
And let the wind blow back your hair?
Well the night’s busting open
These two lanes will take us anywhere
We got one last chance to make it real
To trade in these wings on some wheels
Climb in back
Heaven’s waiting down on the tracks
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On This Day In:
2019 10 Effects Covered
I Am Looking Forward To Reading The House’s Formal Impeachment Charges
2018 Three Things
2017 Love Yourself
Deliver The Revolution
2016 Once Eccentric
2015 Trusted Desperation
2014 Orange October (V) – Giants Win Game 3
Who Am I To Teach?
2013 Deliver Us Something Larger
2012 Bore, n.
2011 Attaining High Office

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The Linebacker
Slow, precise, close;
Waiting, anticipating, reacting.
Accelerating, moving, hitting;
Crashing, recoiling, falling.
Rising, smiling, knowing.
The waiting, the thrill, the movement;
The hit, especially the hit;
The rising, especially the rising;
The knowing, especially the knowing:
Especially the knowing.
[Back in my teens, I used to play a lot of pick-up football down at the park.  Because you played with the number of guys who were there, you typically had to play both offense and defense.  On defense, I liked to play linebacker.  Defense is very reactive.  You never really know what the offense will do, but sometimes it doesn’t matter.  If you can get “in the zone” where you are reacting practically as fast as the offense is moving, you can (in essence) seize the initiative and become the aggressor.  When this happens, time slows down and the tackle becomes effortless – an extension of your life force.  And when you stand up, you feel as if you were born to this act – the tackle – and could do it all day.
By the way, the title to this post comes from the song “Glory Days” as performed by Bruce Springsteen.  The song is about adults living in the past or perhaps just longing for their youth – depending on your mood.  I’ve always found the song amusing as I’ve been both the listener and the teller of these same “tall tales” about way back when.  Tomorrow, the offensive side…  —  KMAB]
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Normally, my Poems page is reserved for speeches and lyrics which profoundly touch me at an emotional level.  But, not always…
Sometimes, I like to include songs that I just enjoy.  They’re NOT powerful, or “meaningful”.  They’re just songs you hear driving in the car and they take you back to other times and places.  Some song lyrics have terrific imagery and some are just catchy – what I like to call “Ear Candy”.  These two songs are a bit of both.
The first song is “Blinded By The Light“, which was written and performed by Bruce Springsteen, but made famous by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.  It’s famously remembered for the mis-hearing of the line “revved up like a deuce” as “wrapped up like a douche”.  The song is actually talking about a deuce-coup hot-rod, NOT a feminine hygiene product.  Another incredible thing about this song is it’s Bruce’s ONLY top 40 hit.  I couldn’t believe this, myself, but I heard Bruce say it in one of his TV concerts.  Amazing!!
The second song is: “Take A Letter Maria“, which is about a man who comes home late and finds his wife with another man.  It’s one of those songs you hear and repeat for hours in your head because it has such a great “hook” line.  It was written and performed by R. B. Greaves.
I hope you’ll take the time to read the lyrics for both/each before rushing off to listen to these two songs (otherwise, you may miss some of the imagery) – but really, you DO have to listen to these to appreciate them.  Enjoy!
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To close out the weekend, here’s another handful of song lyrics to read, think about (go listen to) and enjoy:
If “The Boss” could see the economic problems (and irony) in America in the ’80’s, why are we still facing them thirty years later? — Born In The USA
Here’s a couple by Darius Rucker.  If you’ve ever been driving by yourself on a freeway at 5:00am and the fog is so thick you can barely see the traffic lines (let alone any signs), this one will touch a nerve.  —  I Hope They Get To Me In Time
This second D.R. song is for all of us Dads who missed too much just makin’ sure there was a roof and food…  —  It Won’t Be Like This For Long
The last two of this handful are from Rodney Atkins.  The first is just a great story about living in America.  —  These Are My People
The second is about persevering…  Some times you just gotta keep on keepin’ on…  —  If You’re Going Through Hell
All of these MUST be listened to!!  As much as the words will mean on reading, some song lyrics are meant to be heard sung – these five are definitely in the “hearing” group.
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