Does It Ever Really Change

I post this due to a blog entry by someone I follow. Here he posted about finally being drawn to make a political statement. It reminded me of this song that I listened to a few months back. While it is from an album issued 30 years ago, it was not the first time I heard it, just the first time I listened in a really long time.  It is interesting to research and see what was happening back then that prompted this piece, but it is eerie how it rings true now.

“Second Nature”

A memo to a higher office
Open letter to the powers that be
To a god, a king, a head of state
A captain of industry
To the movers and the shakers…
Can’t everybody see?It ought to be second nature
I mean, the places where we live
Let’s talk about this sensibly
We’re not insensitive
I know progress has no patience
But something’s got to giveI know you’re different
You know I’m the same
We’re both too busy
To be taking the blame
I’d like some changes
But you don’t have the time
We can’t go on thinking
It’s a victimless crime
No one is blameless
But we’re all without shame
We fight the fire while we’re feeding the flamesFolks have got to make choices
And choices got to have voices
Folks are basically decent
Conventional wisdom would say
But we read about the exceptions
In the papers every dayIt ought to be second nature
At least, that’s what I feel
Now I lay me down in Dreamland
I know perfect’s not for real
I thought we might get closer
But I’m ready to make a deal

Today is different, and tomorrow the same
It’s hard to take the world the way that it came
Too many rapids keep us sweeping along
Too many captains keep on steering us wrong
It’s hard to take the heat
It’s hard to lay blame
To fight the fire while we’re feeding the flames

And in case you’d like to hear it with the lyrics…Video


  1. This turned out to be a great place to start, considering tonight’s big event.

    “Too many captains keep on steering us wrong.”

    “Can’t everybody see?”

    Hard to imagine anyone in a higher office will read the memo, or heed it’s words, but we gotta start somewhere.

    It ought to be second nature, but progress has no patience…

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