Song Lyric Sunday (2/17/18) – earth

Helen’s topic for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday is earth. She referenced love in her post, and those two things are intertwined. I told her that I actually had some premonition about this topic. Maybe it’s because I’ve been hoping for an opportunity to open the vault and head to the deep section. Come on back here with me. I promise there’s nothing to be afraid of in here.

This song is by an American psychedelic rock band formed in  San Francisco in 1965. I wonder how far we’ve truly come in 53 years.


From wikipedia:

The band achieved wide popularity in the San Francisco Bay Area and through their recordings,[3] with psychedelic rock enthusiasts around the globe, and several of their albums ranked in the Top 30 of the Billboard Pop charts. They were part of the new wave of album-oriented bands, achieving renown and popularity despite an almost complete lack of success with their singles, apart from “Fresh Air“, which reached number 49 in 1970.[4] Though not as commercially successful as contemporaries Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver was integral to the beginnings of their genre. With their jazz and classical influences and a strong folk background, the band attempted to create an individual, innovative sound.[5] Music historian Colin Larkin wrote: “Of all the bands that came out of the San Francisco area during the late ’60s, Quicksilver typified most the style, attitude and sound of that era.”[6]


So settle in, fall down on a bean bag chair and relax. It’s ok to feel a little uncertain, but you are still safe. What? No…that’s just incense my friends. Trust me. I give you the band Quicksilver Messenger Service and their counter-culture anthem What About Me.

You poisoned my sweet water
You cut down my green trees
The food you fed my children
Was the cause of their disease
My world is slowly fallin’ down
And the air’s not good to breathe
And those of us who care enough
We have to do something…

Oh… oh What you gonna do about me?
Oh… oh What you gonna do about me?
Your newspapers
They just put you on
They never tell you
The whole story
They just put your
Young ideas down
I was wonderin’ could this be the end
Of your pride and glory?

Oh… oh What you gonna do about me?
Oh… oh What you gonna do about me?
I work in your factory
I study in your schools
I fill your penitentiaries
And your military too!
And I feel the future trembling
As the word is passed around
If you stand up for what you do believe
Be prepared to be shot down

Oh… oh What you gonna do about me?
Oh… oh What you gonna do about me?
And I feel like a stranger
In the land where I was born
And I live like an outlaw
And I’m always on the run…
And I’m always getting busted
And I got to take a stand…
I believe the revolution
Must be mighty close at hand…

Oh… oh What you gonna do about me?
Oh… oh What you gonna do about me?
I smoke marijuana
But I can’t get behind your wars
And most of what I do believe
Is against most of your laws
I’m a fugitive from injustice
But I’m goin’ to be free
‘Cause your rules and regulations
They don’t do the thing for me

Oh… oh What you gonna do about me?
Oh… oh What you gonna do about me?
And I feel like a stranger
In the land where I was born
And I live just like an outlaw
And I’m always on the run
And though you may be stronger now, my time will come around
You keep adding to my numbers, and you shoot my people down

Oh… oh What you gonna do about me?
Oh… oh What you gonna do about me?

written by Jesse Oris Farrow

33 comments

    1. It really really does. This hasn’t been the first song I posted that made a few of us ho “hmmmm…Not really changed much as it.” I had become friends with some people back in the 80’s that were true hippies. I was introduced to some music I might not have ever heard, especially given today’s “if it ain’t on YouTube” mindset.

      Thank you for checking it out and choosing to follow this blog.

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