Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Heart Grown Cold

In some places the heart of America is becoming like the character Silvio in a Bob Dylan song.

Evidently Silvio thought he had better things to do than rescue fellow citizens who were having problems.

Millions of problems, like freezing to death and starving to death.

So, one of the bards of anti-establishment counter culture laid down some lyrics to shine some light on the scene:
Silver and gold
Won't buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know
(Silvio, by Bob Dylan). The homeless American in the photo attached to this post had frozen to death and was encased in solid ice.

Who knows for how long. Kids played hockey near by, noticed the homeless American, and went on about their business.

House republicans played their fiddles and went on about their business today after voting against an economic recovery package yesterday. As homelessness, joblessness, and hopelessness continued to increase in America.

Meanwhile, in the world around America, tens of thousands of children starved to death just like they did yesterday.


  1. As I look at the picture and realize what I am seeing, I am reminded of a song that I first heard circa 1998 called "Geraldine and Ruthie May" written by Sarah Elizabeth Campbell:

    (song number 6. at the URL below. Well worth your time to hear it.)

    The song was also recorded by the all women musicians and singers in five part harmony in the band called Blue Rose on their album with the same name in 1972.

    It is what I would call hauntingly beautiful and poignant. Please give it a listen in juxtaposition to Dylan's "Silvio."

  2. Newbies and fence-sitters are encouraged to google Ronald Reagan homeless.

    Nice tunes, Sarah. Sweet voice.

    Hey Dredd, this is the kind of post that makes me believe in you. Thanks.