Been listening to this song over and over again. After remembering 9/11, mourning after the Russian children who died in the school attack, contemplating on the fiscal crisis and receiving three wedding invitations from friends younger than me (totally irrelevant, I know, but this depressed me too!), I sing along with Charlene and Stevie Wonder.
Used To Be
Superman was killed in Dallas
There’s no love left in the palace
Someone took the Beatle’s lead guitar
Have another Chivas Regal
You’re twelve years old and sex is legal
You’re parents don’t know where or who you are
Used to be the hero of the ballgame
Took a time to shake the loser’s hand
Used to be that failure only meant you didn’t try
In a world where people gave a damn
Great big wars in little places
Look at all those frightened faces
But don’t come here, We just don’t have the room
Love thy neighbor’s wife and daughter
Cleanse your life with holy water
We don’t need to pay, We’ve got a few
Used to be a knight in shining armor
Didn’t have to own a shiny car
Dignity and courage were the measure of a man
Not the drugs he needs to hide the scars
Can your teacher read?
Does your preacher pray?
Does your president have soul?
Have you heard a real good ethnic joke today?
Mama took her speed
Daddy ran away
But you mustn’t lose control
Let’s cut a class, I’ve got some grass
The kids are wild, We just can’t tame ‘em
Do we have the right to blame ‘em?
Fed them all our indecisions
We break their minds with television
But what the hell, they’re too young to feel pain
But I believe that love can save tomorrow
I believe that truth can make us free
Someone tried to say it
and we nailed him to a cross
I guess it’s still the way it used to be