Message to Our So-Called "Allies"
(in the words of Bob Dylan)
by John Gaver
This afternoon, as I scrolled through my CD collection, looking for
something that I had not listened to in a while, I happened to settle
on "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits". I always enjoy listening
to Dylan. But today, as I listened to "Positively 4th Street",
I realized that the words were quite fitting as a message from the United
States to our so-called "Allies", most notably, but not limited
to, France and Germany.
I tried to think of a lead in to the lyrics, having something to do
with how we bailed out France and beat Germany. But, the more
that I thought about it, I realized that the lyrics say it all.
In the following, I left out only two stanzas that did not apply.
So, without further explanation, here is:
America's Message to Our So-Called "Allies"
(You know who you are.)
(by Bob Dylan)
You've gotta lotta nerve, to say you are
When I was down, you just stood there grinnin'.
You've gotta lotta nerve, to say
you got a helping hand to lend.
You just want to be on the side that's winnin'
You say you've lost your faith, but that's
not where its at.
Ya have no faith to lose - an' ya know it.
Do you take me for such a fool,
to think I'd make contact
With a one who tries to hide what he don't know to begin with?
You see me on the street. You always act
Ya say "How are you?" "Good luck." But ya don't
When you know as well as me, you'd
rather see me paralized,
Why don't you just come out once and scream it?
No, I do not feel that good when I see the heartbreaks you embrace.
If I was a master thief perhaps I'd rob them.
And tho I know you're dissatisfied
with your position and your place.
Don't you understand, its not my problem?
I wish that for just one time you could
stand inside my shoes
And just for that one moment I could be you.
Yes, I wish that for just one
time you could stand inside my shoes.
You'd know what a drag it is to see you.
2003 John Gaver
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