Don't Be A Living Fossil

I am a big Airplane fan (career as well as musical interest). So I was listening to some of what is available on the various video stores and came upon this "Crown of Creation" version from 1968. It is really good. It is done live not lip synched.

So I'm listening to the words. And I'm thinking of how very many of my compatriots are stuck in 1968. Not just in their musical tastes, but also in their view of the world.

You are the Crown of Creation
You are the Crown of Creation
and you've got no place to go.

Soon you'll attain the stability you strive for
in the only way that it's granted
in a place among the fossils of our time.

In loyalty to their kind
they cannot tolerate our minds.
In loyalty to our kind
we cannot tolerate their obstruction.

Life is Change
How it differs from the rocks
I've seen their ways too often for my liking
New worlds to gain
My life is to survive
and be alive
for you.

Which pretty much sums up how I feel about my former lefty comrades and brothers and sisters.

If you are not a lefty at 20 you have no heart. If you are still a lefty at 40 you have no head. Recent events at Virginia Tech show that where there is a will to resist lives can be saved. Flight 93 is another such lesson. And hard lessons they are. If you want peace be prepared to fight. Peace at any price comes with a very high price tag. First you will pay for peace and in the end you will not have it.

Cross Posted at The Astute Bloggers

posted by Simon on 04.20.07 at 12:21 PM


Whoa. I thought I was the only one who remembered that one. Even Airplane fans tended not to like that one much.

I have complained at the coffee house folkies who influenced my politics too much in those days, but you remind me how much JA was part of that. "Lather" was appalling, now that I think of it. About the best example of stereotypes and straw men I can think of. Thanks for reopening that door, mate.

Assistant Village Idiot   ·  April 20, 2007 11:53 PM

Funny you should say that.

Back before the election, as I listened to Airplane via their site (the whole album is there), I had an idea to freak the opposition out by playing it to counter them. It worked. For that one day, the right had taken Vietnam away from them... they thought of Baez and folksy stuff, but not the goodies.

Ali   ·  April 21, 2007 12:37 PM

Funny you should mention "Lather". One of my faves.

A bunch of my "posse" sang that to me on my 30th birthday. Which was quite a while ago.

M. Simon   ·  April 21, 2007 1:12 PM

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