"Hard To Make A Stand" as written by and William Bottrell Sheryl Crow....
Old James Dean Monroe
Hands out flowers at the Shop-N-Go
Hopes for money but all he gets is fear
And the wind blows up his coat

And this he scribbles on a perfume note
"If I'm not here, then you're not here"
And he says, "Call me Miscreation,
I'm a walking celebration"

And it's hard to make a stand
Hard to make a stand
Hard to make a stand
Hard to make a stand

My friend, o lawdy,
Went to take care of her own body,
And she got shot down in the road
She looked up before she went,

Said, "This isn't really what I meant"
And the daily news said,"Two with one stone"
And I say, "Hey there, Miscreation,
Bring a flower, time is wasting"


We got loud guitars and big suspicions,
Great big guns and small ambitions,
And we still argue over who is God
And I say, "Hey there Miscreation,
Bring a flower time is wasting
we all need a revelation"


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"Hard to Make Astand" as written by R S Bryan Bill Bottrell


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    General CommentSheryl has told this story many times..
    Basically her studio was by a coffee shop in pasadena, and one time a man was handing flowers out to customers and got kicked out of the shop and the next when she went he was at the window with the sign that said If i'm not here then you're not here, and signed it Miss Creation.
    ellisdue22on May 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI actually heard somewhere that this song is about a transvestite, hence the James Dean Monroe gender-bending name. "Miscreation" would fit this meaning because it could be taken both as Miss Creation and the sarcastic statement that he is a miscreation.

    Plus, if it's about a crossdresser, that makes the image of the wind blowing up his coat reflect the famous image of the wind blowing up Marilyn Monroe's dress (especially since he's adopted part of her name) - and that's just awesome :)
    comradealon December 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBefore she sings it live, she says, "This is a song about a cross dresser I once knew in Pasadena, CA."
    iamveryartsyon May 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's hard to make people understand you.
    lilsistaon March 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'm 100% sure this song is about abortion. Even though Crow is thoroughly pro-choice, the song is basically showing both sides of the issue. Either way, she's saying that it's such a touchy subject that it's "hard to make a stand."
    MoogleDron July 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThanks for that MoogleDr. Wasnt sure what it was about but that all makes perfect sense.

    Miscreation means something abnormal or anomalous. If you were birth wasn't planed then you could be called a Miscreation.

    My friend, o lawdy,
    Went to take care of her own body,
    And she got shot down in the road
    She looked up before she went,
    Said, "This isn't really what I meant"
    And the daily news said,"Two with one stone"

    I love this cos its kind of funny. I guess o lawdy was going to get an abortion but before she could make it to the hospital she got shot. Hence the "two hit one stone" for her and her baby.
    Onlineon April 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song rocks! In a hundred ways! My fav SC song!! Although, it is not just about abortion. It’s about how Americans see and relate to other cultures and beliefs and how difficult it can be to see the world through someone else’s eyes (abortion, gun control, gays (miscreation), religion, ect) and how we tend to ignore other points of view completely at times. It is a celebration of diversity and the beauty that comes from that diversity. Not to mention the great guitar solo and crescendo when it says 'we all need a celebration'… :)
    moeheadon July 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLilsista and Online: I think you're both right about this song but I also think the lyrics are more accusatory than you say.

    MoogleDr: I think your interpretation is reasonable but is way too charitable to Ms. Crow.

    I think she's saying this:
    There are two kinds of people in the world: the oppressed and the oppressors. James Dean Monroe and Crow's pregnant friend are among the oppressed, who find it "hard to make a stand". The rest of us, the oppressors,
    -- refuse to give money to bums at the supermarket because of our "big suspicions" and
    -- murder people at abortion clinics because of our "big guns and small ambitions" and
    -- waste effort "arguing over who is God" instead of making this earth a humanist paradise.
    Clearly we oppressors "all need a revelation".

    So does Sheryl Crow think of herself as an oppressor or one of the oppressed? Is she finding it "hard to make a stand"?

    Believe it or not, I love this song and think it shows off Crow's great talent. If, however, in some alternate universe, _I_ had invented this song's music, the lyrics would be completely different.
    FranklinWebberon July 05, 2006   Link

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