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Monday, August 15, 2011

Happy Days Are Here Again

"Happy Days Are Here Again" came from a reverie I had after the Market crash in 2008...for some reason I flashed on a super 8mm scene of a bus full of economic refugees winding it's way through the trees to Portland, a scene of diminished expectations and a rolling back of our "standard of living" to come. The height of post WWII middle class aspirations used to involve a single car, a 1000 square foot house, occasional trips to Yellowstone and a steady manufacturing job until retirement. How ever did we come to rate McMansions, boats, RV's, exotic vacations and six figure salaries in "Corporate Event Party Planning"?
A Debt/Credit bacchanale, the likes of which the world has never seen.
The Party's over however and I don't know a single person who hasn't been or won't be effected by that fact.

the first thing that i see when i wake up
are the bits of me in your teacup...
now you're gone and the morning is pure
I check the clock and swim back in the sewer...

Catch my ride on the #12 bus
find a seat & think about us
where are we going, where have we been?
Here's my stop before i begin...

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
Sing a song of cheer my friend
Happy Days are here again

from 9 to 5 to 10 here we are
running in place we dont get very far
the keys to the kingdom seem stuck in the door...
if this is success i can't take anymore

all around me are people in stress
the past is gone the future's a mess
& Mr. Obama says now we should buy
another cup of coffee and some pie in the sky...

From the 1st Great Depression came the delusionally optimistic song "Let's Have Another Cup Of Coffee" which contains the lines 
"Mr. (President) Herbert Hoover
Says that now's the time to buy, (there again, the call for more consumption from a debt addled populace) So let's have another cup of coffee, And let's have another piece of pie!"

The 1st Depression had another 9 years to burn after this song came out...

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