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Boomer Anthems: Paper In Fire

From back when folks sung a song about how to get along — how to take a glass of whisky neat, how to dance that swerve out into the street, how to smoke smoke smoke that cigarette, how to puff and huff that deep bong hit, where to grab an ice-cold beer, and rock it all down to the ground. Without a care. I been there.

I pity the fool who don’t have those moments to spare.

There’s a good life
Right across the green fields
And each generation
Stares at it from afar
But we keep no check
On our appetites
So the green fields turn to brown
Like paper in fire

Paper in fire
Stinking up the ashtrays
Paper in fire
Smoking up the alleyways
Who’s to say the way
A man should spend his days
Do you let them smolder
Like paper in fire

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  • Hillbilly Wolf July 12, 2022, 2:22 PM

    Johnny Cougar! Remember when Beavis and Butthead made fun of him as John Cougar Mellonballs, good times.
    A Sri-Lanka or Netherlands moment in Chiquitastan? Bwahaha! LMFAO!

  • Velociman July 12, 2022, 2:35 PM

    Huffing those cigs isn’t so swell after the esophageal catches your ass. We all must adapt at some point.

    • Vanderleun July 12, 2022, 2:44 PM

      I undeerstand that all too well. I quit by having my heart stop. Woke up after 10 days in a coma with no more desire to smoke cigs. Great cure.

  • Velociman July 12, 2022, 2:41 PM

    JCM filmed the Paper in Fire video in Savannah, 1987. I hung out by his tour bus during lunch until he came out. Bruh was the size of the Mayor of Munchkinland, which was interesting.

  • Snakepit Kansas July 12, 2022, 3:48 PM

    In 1979 John Cougar opened in Wichita for KISS. He did not fare too well.

  • Auntie Analogue July 12, 2022, 4:13 PM

    In life every action, every activity, is a trade-off. Even zealous exercise and “healthy” diet do not exempt one from mortality and can have their own in-life downsides.

    Here’s my cigarette theory: the upsurge in drug abuse has been inversely proportional to the War On Smokers & Smoking. The more people who’d smoked affordable cigarettes, the happier – and more tolerant and mutually forgiving – we were as a people; cigarettes served as a rather innocuous kind of soma. On the other hand, without affordable cigarettes to serve as soma, the upsurge of resort to affordable (more affordable than cigarettes are today) drug abuse has made us neither happier, nor more forgiving.

    Almost every man in the Depression/WWII generation smoked and so did a considerable proportion of women, and were they nicer, pleasanter, more tolerant and forgiving fellow citizens than today’s anti-smoking, drug-abusing, abortion-insisting, anti-fossil-fuel, Gaia-worshipping, America-smearing, blame-Whitey-for-everything, finger-wagging, SCOTUS Justice-harassing, in-your-face nags?

    The Cloud People made a bogeyman/enemy of tobacco, while turning a blind eye to inversely proportional, massively increased drug abuse.

    I don’t think my theory lacks merit. But, as they say, your mileage may vary.

  • Dirk July 12, 2022, 4:50 PM

    Thank you! That was awesome, Mellencamp, is an American Treasure, his style, is right out of the Blues.

  • ghostsniper July 13, 2022, 4:49 AM

    Cougar’s a local boy, born and raised south of here in Seymour, currently lives in a big crib west of here in Bloomington. I hired a carpenter to help me build my office-garage-workshop 16 years ago. That dood was the lead framer on Cougars new crib in B-town. Said he was a flatdik and suffered from the little man complex. He’s slow making payments. Never met him but I believe he and I would have a personality conflict. In past June 21st’s my wife and I always go to the Sonic in Seymour and rip up foot long chili dawgs (there’s no Tasty Freeze around here). Then we drive around the area a bit. We found a 19th century train station that had been converted to an everything Cougar museum and we went inside. We spoke to the proprietor for about 15 mins and left. I don’t remember much about the contents but do remember the detailed wood trimwork through out. He needs to get his bottle, his shotgun, and his mutt and go sit on the porch and shut his ass.

  • CC July 13, 2022, 6:07 AM

    Never got into his music, considering him a wannabe bruce strinkstream.
    Their politics are about the same though.