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23 hours ago, Lampi said:

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I've always loved the lyric "All the orange boxes are scattered Against the Safeway supermarket in the rain" - it used to make me smile to recall it when I went to any Safeway, but they all got taken over and the name was lost. One of my favourite Van the Man albums.

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Another incredible album, with songs that can move me to tears also like Freewheelin (and Chimes on Another Side).

Bob was the GREATEST!

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That's right. Rick Springfield. It took him thirty-some years to make a great record. I can't remember the last time I was so surprised by an artist I thought I had pegged for decades.

 

Orpheus In The Underworld
(Lyrics & music by Rick Springfield)

Down on New York's Wall Street 
They still sell the American dream 
Where morals flow like oxygen 
From an iron lung machine 
Business men hold meetings 
Pretend they're part of the Great Scheme 
They laugh at fate 
Courting death like they were all James Dean 
Me, I'm hanging out here 
With my freak flag unfurled 
Drinking wine with Orpheus in the Underworld 

The modern Robber Barons 
Still reign from their snake pit 
While you elect another "president" 
Just a different hypocrite 
Koch brothers, Goldman Sachs all run
The world as they see fit 
As they turn the planet into dust 
And your children's lives to shit 
But the kings desiring peace 
Rid themselves of jewels they've hurled 
Into the fires of Orpheus in the Underworld 

There was a time, Time Magazine
Ran the cover "Is God Dead?" 
No one knew the answer 
At least nobody said 
I waited for the Virgin Queen to say 
"Come on back to bed" 
But God in all his wisdom 
Busted through her maidenhead 
The apostles visit now and then 
But I can't get their hands uncurled 
From the spikes hammered in by 
Orpheus in the Underworld 

We all admire the killers 
The depraved and the profane 
They all have something you don't have 
They're all good for the game 
But I see the frightened priest is in 
A fetal state again 
He wants absolution 
From all he's done and been 
Jesse James was here last night 
His guns both brightly pearled 
As he knelt in prayer to Orpheus in the Underworld 

God gave the 10 Commandments 
Though he knew you'd break them all 
What kind of father sets his children 
Up to take a fall? 
I'd take it to a higher court 
But you can't fight city hall 
I spent some lost years wailing 
Against the wailing wall 
Now I sail a boat on the river Styx 
Its sails are tightly furled 
And deliver souls to Orpheus in the Underworld 

Naked girls and eunuchs 
have tagged da Vinci's wall 
The one that said "Stand Up for Love, 
Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll" 
I wish I knew just what they drew 
But I switched on cruise control 
And I'm in bed with Mr. Ed 
We're high on Demoral 
As the dancers dance and spin 
Their dresses raised and twirled 
Showing off for Orpheus in the Underworld 

The last Jewish man in Pakistan 
He wants the world at peace 
A Christian in Jerusalem 
Prays for bombs to cease 
Abraham in Birmingham 
Is still scared of the police
And I'm here with Siddhartha 
Burning my last masterpiece 
Looking for my lover 
Her hair is softly curled 
The wife of my friend Orpheus in the Underworld 

Yeah, I did love Jesus 
But the good times didn't last 
He didn't recognize me 
As I nailed him to the mast 
Then my hand slipped down Mary's gown 
And rested on her ass 
I'd give my soul for one field goal 
And one good Hail Mary pass 
The God's are twisted, iron fisted 
anger they've all hurled 
At both me and Orpheus in the Underworld 

You think so highly of yourself 
And your friends are all peacocks 
If you saw yourself the way I do 
You'd see the paradox 
These games of chess you play to press 
other ships upon the rocks 
When the game is done 
The king and pawn 
Go in the same wood box 
And I'll be there with your electric chair 
The wood all deeply burled 
It's your turn with Orpheus in the Underworld 

My right hand has one good hard hold 
On the cock God gave to me 
The future ain't exactly 
What I thought it used to be 
And distant drums say 
No life comes with a lifetime guarantee 
Vacation trips to the underworld 
Sold live on QVC 
I see this place is like the face 
Of a lonely pretty girl 
As time runs out for Orpheus in the Underworld

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Just downloaded this yesterday. It's amazing:

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - 5/23/88

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Actually a single, not an album, but hey, let's live large.

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Still playing a single: Paul Westerberg: Seein' Her

on repeat

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Wilco-Bring There

Billie Eilish When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We All Go?

REM Automatic for the People and Reckoning

I’m on staycation for the next 10 days, so I get listen to some albums in their entirety.

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This has been one of my favourite albums since release and, much like Western Stars, that hasn't changed.

In time I hope this work gets recognised for how superbly brilliant it is.

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