Simple Kind of Man

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Just a while back I put up a post I wrote in response to my friend Ross, “I Want it All“. It was Freddie Mercury’s Anthem to the kind of consumptive ecstasy we all were conditioned to WANT through the Age of Oil.

It was not the ONLY Anthem or the only meme the Rockers of my youth sang about though, because for many of us who grew up in those years an inside Voice still yearned for something better than that, something more Pure and Basic to Human Existence. I think its there in all people to one extent or another, but for most people immersed in the consumptive frenzy of the Age of Oil, it was lost.

The Southern Boys who made up the band of Lynyrd Skynyrd became the same type of Rock Stars that Queen did, and in the end were just as corrupted by their participation in the meme as everyone else in the Music Industry. Ronnie Van Zandt ended up buying ann early Ticket to the Great Beyond as Freddie Mercury did, though it was a Plane Crash that did him in, not AIDS or Drugs.

Ronnie Van Zandt seemed to know he was destined for a short life, and often told friends and family he would never make it to 30. He was correct, he died at 29.

While Freddie Mercury played the role of the Ultimate “Poser” and Queen ran the Glitter Rock meme to its extreme end in the 70s, Skynyrd and Ronnie Van Zant reresented the other end of Rock spectrum of the era, the dirt poor Southern kids who grew up through the 50s, including other doomed rockers like Janis Joplin. Even back there in 1969, Janis observations of the shallow decadence of consumer culture was straight on the mark

Janis wasn’t meant to live in the world of Dialing for Dollars and Mercedes Benz automobiles, and the sadness of living in a world she saw going south came through in every lyric she sang.

Still, as powerful a song as Piece of My Heart is, as an Anthem of the yearning for the simple truths which give value to human life, nothing ever hit home for me more than Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Kind of Man”.

Today as we reap the results of decadence of the last 40 years, “Boomers” get loaded with the Blame for a society gone corrupt, but the thing is 40 years ago not every Boomer out there wanted this world, and in fact I would hazard the guess that many did not. Maybe not a Majority, but a significant number were very unhappy with the world they saw evolving. I know I felt that way, and at the time I hadn’t even reached my teens yet.

What happenned here and why? Whatever spark there was there to change back then was simply CRUSHED, and it wasn’t the Boomers who did that crushing. It was the Silents who put the National Guard out there on the campus of Kent State University and left 4 Dead in O-HI-O. Who seduced Benjamin? Mrs. Robinson, a SILENT. 

 Who SOLD Benjamin on “Plastics” as the FUTURE?  A SILENT.

We lost the battle 40 years ago, those of us who did not want to walk down this highway. Now it is time for another generation to fight this battle one more time, and this time, it can be won. Live simply by your principles, wait for the conduits to fail. Then TAKE IT BACK, that which was STOLEN from you, and stolen from me also. Take it back for all of us, take it back for the Good People of the Earth.

You Can DO this my Son, if you TRY. Be a Simple Kind of Man.

Mama told me, when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely, to what I say.
And if you do this
It will help you some sunny day.

Ohh take your time… Don’t live too fast,
Troubles will come, and they will pass.
Go find a woman and you’ll find love,
And don’t forget son,
There is someone up above.

And be a simple kind of man.
And maybe some day you’ll love and understand.
Baby be a simple kind of man.
Won’t you do this for me son,
If you can?

Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold
All that you need is in your soul,
And you can do this if you try.
All that I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.

And be a simple kind of man.
And maybe some day you’ll love and understand.
Baby be a simple kind of man.
Won’t you do this for me son,
If you can?

Boy, don’t you worry… you’ll find yourself.
Follow you heart and nothing else.
And you can do this if you try.
All I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.

And be a simple kind of man.
And maybe some day you’ll love and understand.
Baby be a simple kind of man.
Won’t you do this for me son,
If you can?

RE

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