Where did all the good people go?

No-Shortage

Well, you win:
It’s your show now,
So what’s it gonna be?

Cause people
Will tune in;
How many train wrecks
Do we need to see?

Before
We lose touch, oh
And we thought this was low…

Well, it’s bad,
Getting worse, oh
Where’d all the good people go?

I’ve been changing channels,
I don’t see them
On the T.V. shows

Where’d all the good people go?
We’ve got heaps and heaps
Of what we sow

They got this,
And that,
With a rattle-a-tat

Testing –
1, 2
Man, whatcha gonna do?

Bad news,
Misused –
Got too much to lose

Gimmie some truth now
Who’s side are we on?

Whatever you say –
Turn on the boob tube,
I’m in the mood to obey

So lead me astray
And by the way, now –
Where’d all the good people go?

I’ve been changing channels
I don’t see them
On the T.V. shows

Where’d all the good people go?
We’ve got heaps and heaps
Of what we sow

Sittin ’round,
Feelin far away,

yeah

So far away,
But I can feel the debris

Can ya feel it?

You interrupt me
From a friendly
Conversation

To tell me how great
It’s all gonna be

You might
Notice
Some hesitation

‘Cause

What’s important to you
Is not important to me

Mm mm mm mm…

Way down
By the edge
Of your whole reason

Well, it’s beginning to show
And all I really wanna know is
Where’d all the good people go?

I’ve been changing channels
I don’t see them
On the T.V. show

Where’d all the good people go?
We got heaps and heaps
Of what we sow

(Where’d all the good people go?)
They got this,
And that,
With a rattle-a-tat

Testing –
1, 2
Man whatcha gonna do

Bad news
Misused
Gimmie some truth

You got too much to lose
(Where’d all the good people go?)
Who’s side are we on?

Every day
Every way
Okay –
Whatever you say

Run the resolute,
But in the mood
To obey

Station to station
Desensitizing
The nation

(Where’d all the good people go?)

Goin, goin, gone…

Jack Johnson

Good-People

Many people seem to be excited about the new millennium, but the new millennium in itself will be nothing special. As we enter into the new millennium things will be the same; there will be nothing unusual. However, if we really want the next millennium to be happier, more peaceful and more harmonious for humankind we will have to make the effort to make it so.

The Dali Lama’s Millineum Message, I urge you to go read the whole thing

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Is there anything more deplorable than the ruthless murder of peaceful monks whose only transgression is to stand up for that which is right, good and true?  Yet not only do we not have the moral standing to criticize the monstrous government of Burma, we have a monstrous government of our own to contend with, and what we’re seeing in Burma is a preview of coming attractions.  Just ask Blackwater USA and Halliburton.

Oh the Milky Way has gone a little sour
The leaves dried and the flower fell away
I’ve been sitting, I’ve been waiting for a sign
Inhuman beings taking up all of my time

Want to leave but I’ve got to stay
And I’m wondering more everyday
Montreal to Hong Kong
Where have all the good people gone?
Traffic jam but I’m on the shoulder
Took ten cops to pull me over
Bangkok to Babylon
Where have all the good people gone?

I haven’t met a friend in a long long while
They don’t shake my head but they check my style
The modern world is a cold cold world
And all I meet are cold cold girls

Wanna leave but I got to stay
And I’m wondering more every day
Montreal to Hong Kong
Where have all the good people gone?
Traffic jam but I’m on the shoulder
Took ten cops to pull me over
Bangkok to Babylon
Where have all the good people gone?

And it’s always the same
We all just turn away
We are stealing from ourselves
We are feeding off ourselves
But we were born in the flames
We need a cool breeze and a summer rain
We are stealing from ourselves
We are feeding off ourselves

Oh the Milky Way has gone a little sour
The leaves dried and the flower fell away

Want to leave but I’ve got to stay
And I’m wondering more everyday
Montreal to Hong Kong
Where have all the good people gone?
Traffic jam but I’m on the shoulder
Took ten cops to pull me over
Bangkok to Babylon
Where have all the good people gone?

Want to leave but I’ve got to stay
And I’m wondering more everyday
Montreal to Hong Kong
Where have all the good people gone?
Traffic jam but I’m on the shoulder
Took ten cops to pull me over
Time’s up and we’re running long
Where have all the good people gone?

Sam Roberts

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    • OPOL on October 6, 2007 at 1:54 am
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    I didn’t quite make it.

    • Alma on October 6, 2007 at 1:56 am
  1. Heck, I’ll even take medium human people!

    Nice stuff, OPOL.

  2. be heard…make noise…YELL LOUDER!!!!!

    thank you for this most excellent essay

    • pfiore8 on October 6, 2007 at 2:20 am

    but looking to ourselves

    when we are willing to go it alone for what we believe in, then the world has some chance at some equitable balance

    • fatdave on October 6, 2007 at 2:38 am

    Begging bowls are the WMD of the Burmese Junta.

    We have to keep it simmering and stir in shifts.

  3. Never give up
    No matter what is going on
    Never give up

    Develop the heart
    Too much energy in your country
    is spent developing the mind
    instead of the heart

    Develop the heart
    Be compassionate
    Not just to your friends
    but to everyone
    Be compassionate
    Work for peace

    And I say again
    Never give up
    No matter what is happening
    No matter what is going on around you
    Never give up

    His Holiness
    The Dalai Lama

    • RiaD on October 6, 2007 at 3:36 am

    & do such astounding work…

    WE are the good people, no matter what the bastids keep sayin…WE are the people they’re warnin you about…because they’re SCARED the TRUTH will get out…thats why they MURDER innocents in burma, iraq. bangaladesh, tibet and new orleans….they’re afraid of the truth…they want their fucking lies to become reality….well they can’t….IF WE DON’T LET THEM…
    spread the Truth, save the World!

  4. You are so generous with your gift of vision and visualization.  Thanks, OPOL, for yet another exquisite piece.

  5. How much of this evil has been thrust out and seized upon by the ememplary evil of our very own country?

    How do we reverse this “outbreak” in so many societies?

    Hopefully, the “good people” will make it happen — for all our brethren of this earth!

    Beautiful, OPOL!!

  6. speak out and take a stand.

    That isn’t a problem here, we’re all speaking out and taking a stand.  Many of us have been for a long time, and have been inspired and energized by your diaries and essays, OPOL.

    The wisdom and strength to live in peace can be found in poetry, literature, art, and music.  We don’t need more and better Democrats, we don’t need more and better war machines, we need more and better poetry, literature, art, and music.

    Thank you for featuring poetry, literature, art, and music in your diaries, OPOL. They are the only way to peace. 

     

    • TomP on October 6, 2007 at 5:09 am

    I missed it on Dkos, but I think it probably looks even better here.  The karma here fits it better, I think.

  7. I was starting to wonder where you had gone. Great to see you  – and thanks for this lovely essay. 

    Every day can be Burma day as far as I’m concerned.

    From the Dalai Lama
    Message to the People of Burma

    I extend my support and solidarity with the recent peaceful movement for democracy in Burma.  I fully support their call for freedom and democracy and take this opportunity to appeal to freedom-loving people all over the world to support such non-violent movements.  Moreover, I wish to convey my sincere appreciation and admiration to the large number of fellow Buddhists monks for advocating democracy and freedom in Burma.

    As a Buddhist monk, I am appealing to the members of the military regime who believe in Buddhism to act in accordance with the sacred dharma in the spirit of compassion and non-violence. 

    I pray for the success of this peaceful movement and the early release of fellow Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. 

    Tenzin Gyatso
    September 23, 2007

  8. They don’t want to know the darkness we are all living in. The truth is easy to avoid just turn on the TV it’s another world not ours, or go to a mall. Our culture makes it easy to hide from the bad bad realities we help create. 

    Thank you OPOL. Your art is beautiful, and just keeps getting better. Thank you also for the art for this site. It makes me happy every time I come here. 

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