well, you see now
I'm a depression baby
and I remember the WPA
if we could just start the same thing again
and get people working out
there, why not?
is it too menial for somebody to sweep the street?

and if you've got enough money where you don't have to work
let's face it, who wants to work?
there's no reason why anybody
that five generations of people
got to be on welfare

I had one gentlemen get in ---
no offense to you gentlemen, he had long hair and a beard --
and I told him,
he had better go home and take a bath;
he had B.O. so bad, it was terrible
I said "You might be educated,
but did your parents tell you to go dirty?"

see the latest issue
hard up, see
Chicago scene

kids nowadays, that's the whole thing
too much money, they've got too much money
they don't have to struggle and work for things
like when I was growing up had to do
and I was lucky if I got that job
delivering hats in a hat store
for twenty-five cents per hat
too much money today is with the young kids
everything was handed to 'em,
and that's why they are the way they are

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    General CommentI was only seven years old when Styx released the album with the above dialouge so I really can't comment on the accuracy of the views, although it does reflect what I've heard those older than me say about that era's.

    I do note the contrast Styx created by placing this pessimistic dialouge bewtween two songs ('Children Of The Land' and 'Fanfare For The Common Man') that are so optimistic.

    I find it ironic when the man says, "kids nowadays, that's the whole thing too much money, they've got too much money ...".

    I've heard the same sentiments out the mouths of members of that youthful (then) generation when caroing about the latest generation's values.

    It reminds me to pause and put the current affairs of our nation and society into perspective.

    What will today's youth say about tomorrow's? I predict the above sentiments will return again like an echo... at least to those that give themselves over to pessimism.
    rancidcrabon June 20, 2008   Link

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