You might have heard I run with a dangerous crowd
We ain’t too pretty, we ain’t too proud
We might be laughing a bit too loud
But that never hurt no one
Come on Virginia show me a sign
Send up a signal I’ll throw you the line
The stained-glass curtain you’re hiding behind
Never lets in the sun
Darling, only the good die young

summer ahoy!


It was the Senior High School yearbook
The class of ‘63
I’ll never forget the day you gave
Your book and pen to me
It was all talked out and settled
You knew I’d understand
A girl with dreams as big as yours
Just had to make some plans

So I turned to your best picture
Most Likely To Succeed
The only one in the whole damn book
That didn’t show you with me
And it said that you liked inner strength
So I tried to be true to form
And I hid my teenaged broken heart
And instead I signed this poem

I hope you always drive a Cadillac
I hope you always drink champagne
I hope you always shine with the sunshine
I hope you never have to face the rain
Unless the clouds are lined in silver
May every heart you meet be gold
And may you find the world as kind as you’ve been told

All the news of you that got back home
Was no surprise to me
You came, you saw, you conquered
At every turn there were victories
And the men came and the men went
And some of them might have stayed
But their dreams weren’t silk or linen
And their invitations weren’t engraved

To me you’ll always drive a Cadillac
Your laughter is my champagne
And you’ll carry my heart wherever you go
Even if I never see you again
But if you bring it back home to me
Maybe then it’ll mean you know
That the strongest love’s the love that let’s you go

class of ‘96

Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion
Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson
Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician Sex
J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline
Ayatollah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan
Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal, suicide
Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz
Hypodermics on the shores, China’s under martial law
Rock and Roller Cola wars, I can’t take it anymore

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
But when we are gone
It will still burn on and on and on and on
And on and on and on and on…

Opaque  by  andbamnan