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You Never Had It So Good

You cruise your local Dollar Store
Trying to buy wine in a box.
You’re saving like they all said you should.
You get Hamburger Helper
Instead of Gravlox.
Yeah, you never had it so good.

You’ve got two dirty jobs
That don’t add up to one.
You’re a hard working man of the hood.
You work eighteen hours but you’re never done.
Yeah, you never had it so good.

You never had it,
But you heard that it’s good.
You never had it
But you think you should.
You never had it,
So you’re breaking bad at it.
Yeah, you never had it so good.

If you’re black just get back,
Just know that you’re free,
Just pull on this hoodie
For your next shooting spree.

If you’re white
You’re not right
So you gotta pay more
Of that nothing you make
To even the score

With the slaves at the rave,
Or they’ll break down your door,
Throw you down on the floor,
Then empty their gun
(Hey, they’re just having fun.)
Saying you never had it so good.

Yeah, you never had it so good.

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  • jwm January 30, 2019, 8:44 AM

    Lyrics in search of a melody?
    Thought experiment:
    What band/ musician would best do justice to these lyrics?


  • rabbit tobacco January 30, 2019, 8:44 AM

    It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood !

  • Vanderleun January 30, 2019, 8:46 AM

    What musician or band is precisely my question.

  • OneGuy January 30, 2019, 9:01 AM

    I don’t understand it. It seems to be a “poem” from a minority complaining that they aren’t getting enough free stuff. It seems to be flying under the banner that they are downtrodden and life sucks because even in this the greatest country in the world they can’t make ends meet. I call BS. This kind of thing might fly with the pot smokers and crack users but IRL we see why these people have to buy hamburger helper with their food stamps because they sold half their food stamps to buy drugs, alcohol and smokes. Our poor in this country live better than the middle class in Europe and better than the rich in Africa. So I don’t get it.

  • Casey Klahn January 30, 2019, 9:14 AM

    Harold Macmillan was PM at the end of the Fifties and start of the Sixties. You’re damn straight things were good. Possibly the best times after the war and up until today, but how would I know for sure since I was only a baby?

    Times are what you make of them. African Americans who never personally experienced slavery, although it exists right now aplenty among Muslim countries and in Africa (irony here), bitch about their lot. Whites support the same line of horseshit; a Native American acting entitled and yet of the lowest possible character yet honored by the media and the Left. And you wonder why I swear so much on here? Outrage could radiate from my eyeballs and I’d certainly be entitled to that. I read the news, after all.

    Yeah, my granddad was white. His privilege was to pass on a diesel ship from Hamburg to Washington State (via Cape Hope {!}), live on the subsistence prairie, homestead in the rain forest, hike a hundred miles through Indian land to find work in the Great Depression, send his boys off to fight in the war, and then die young and in pain. OK, I want to write some really rude stuff next, but I think you get the idea that my family does not come from privilege and any suggestion of that is an insult to me.

  • BillH January 30, 2019, 9:51 AM

    Casey, take it from me, the end of the Fifties and start of the Sixties were the greatest. I was making my living flying Connies back and forth across the Atlantic into Europe, N. Africa and the Middle East, and once in a while down into S. America. Nothing but blue skies, and always a tailwind. Well, there might have been one cloudy day in there somewhere that I’ve forgotten.

  • jwm January 30, 2019, 9:53 AM

    I just thought. Dire straits? I could hear Knopfler (sp?) singing this.


  • Sam L. January 30, 2019, 10:07 AM

    Distopia Uber Alles!!!!!

  • ghostsniper January 30, 2019, 1:48 PM

    Right, jwm! Perfect! I can see Knopfler right now in my minds eye doing that toon.

    On another blog this morning I commented about the negro’s and the blogger agreed with me.
    As long as I’ve been alive the main thing I know about the negro group in the US is constant complaining, it never lets up. piss, moan, repeat And there’s absolutely nothing good to say about them. Nothing. Every where they live there is horrifying squalor and criminal activity, as you would expect from distant foreign lands rather than right here in our own country. Every town no matter how small or large has their “bad” section that everybody knows about and knows not to go there. Ever. You can always find those sections on the map, just look for MLK Blvd.

    It’s like the negro’s have their own little countries carved out in little enclaves all over the land and everybody is OK with that. But not really. They just don’t know what to do about it cept throw stolen money at them. More, more, more. More and more stolen money, all the time, it never lets up, and it just keeps getting worse and worse. And dragging everything around them down too, into the ever expanding squalor.

    Looked up the home I lived in when we first moved to Fort Myers, Florida in 1966. Back then it was white stucco with teal trim, palm trees swaying, blazing white sidewalk, shiney station wagon in the drive, kids playing in the grass, bikes laying around til dad gets home – and now in google street view there’s 2 junk cars in the drive, the dingy walls are an undescribable color from long ago, some of the roof trim is hanging down, some is missing, patchy dry brown neglected sand-grass, broken concrete driveway and sidewalks, trash everywhere, dirty despaired negro adults sitting on the porch smoking cigs, even the sky was a dirty gray-brown. I have wonderful memories of that house and neighborhood and that street view was like to flaming daggers in my eyes. Disgusting animals.

    You give them a hand-up but all they want is a hand-out, no pride, no sense of self worth, just gimme, gimme, gimme, all the DAM time. 12% of the population but 90% of them are squalor or crime. What in the hell do you do with a mess like that, just keep putting up with it forever? Such a waste all the way around.

  • Chris January 30, 2019, 2:29 PM

    The J Geils Band could pull it off.

  • John the River January 30, 2019, 2:34 PM

    When I started scrolling down the comments I had a cheerful, upbeat thing to say.

    Now I want to cut my throat.

  • Leo LaRue January 30, 2019, 2:40 PM

    I’d recommend James McMurtry. A few years old, here’s We Can’t Make It Here:

    Vietnam Vet with a cardboard sign
    Sitting there by the left turn line
    Flag on the wheelchair flapping in the breeze
    One leg missing, both hands free
    No one’s paying much mind to him
    The V.A. budget’s stretched so thin
    And there’s more comin’ home from the Mideast war
    We can’t make it here anymore

    That big ol’ building was the textile mill
    It fed our kids and it paid our bills
    But they turned us out and they closed the doors
    We can’t make it here anymore

    See all those pallets piled up on the loading dock
    They’re just gonna set there till they rot
    ‘Cause there’s nothing to ship, nothing to pack
    Just busted concrete and rusted tracks
    Empty storefronts around the square
    There’s a needle in the gutter and glass everywhere
    You don’t come down here ‘less you’re looking to score
    We can’t make it here anymore

    The bar’s still open but man it’s slow
    The tip jar’s light and the register’s low
    The bartender don’t have much to say
    The regular crowd gets thinner each day

    Some have maxed out all their credit cards
    Some are working two jobs and living in cars
    Minimum wage won’t pay for a roof, won’t pay for a drink
    If you gotta have proof just try it yourself Mr. CEO
    See how far 5.15 an hour will go
    Take a part time job at one of your stores
    Bet you can’t make it here anymore

    High school girl with a bourgeois dream
    Just like the pictures in the magazine
    She found on the floor of the laundromat
    A woman with kids can forget all that
    If she comes up pregnant what’ll she do
    Forget the career, forget about school
    Can she live on faith? live on hope?
    High on Jesus or hooked on dope
    When it’s way too late to just say no
    You can’t make it here anymore

    Now I’m stocking shirts in the Wal-Mart store
    Just like the ones we made before
    ‘Cept this one came from Singapore
    I guess we can’t make it here anymore

    Should I hate a people for the shade of their skin
    Or the shape of their eyes or the shape I’m in
    Should I hate ’em for having our jobs today
    No I hate the men sent the jobs away
    I can see them all now, they haunt my dreams
    All lily white and squeaky clean
    They’ve never known want, they’ll never know need
    Their shit don’t stink and their kids won’t bleed
    Their kids won’t bleed in the damn little war
    And we can’t make it here anymore

    Will work for food
    Will die for oil
    Will kill for power and to us the spoils
    The billionaires get to pay less tax
    The working poor get to fall through the cracks
    Let ’em eat jellybeans let ’em eat cake
    Let ’em eat shit, whatever it takes
    They can join the Air Force, or join the Corps
    If they can’t make it here anymore

    And that’s how it is
    That’s what we got
    If the president wants to admit it or not
    You can read it in the paper
    Read it on the wall
    Hear it on the wind
    If you’re listening at all
    Get out of that limo
    Look us in the eye
    Call us on the cell phone
    Tell us all why

    In Dayton, Ohio
    Or Portland, Maine
    Or a cotton gin out on the great high plains
    That’s done closed down along with the school
    And the hospital and the swimming pool
    Dust devils dance in the noonday heat
    There’s rats in the alley
    And trash in the street
    Gang graffiti on a boxcar door
    We can’t make it here anymore

  • Snakepit Kansas January 30, 2019, 4:53 PM

    JWM for the win. Wish I would have thought of it! Knopfler, OF COURSE!!!

    Ghost, I grew up in a rather small all white town. There were some Mescan families too but we all considered them white. I recall no prejudice against them. I worked at the local grocery store through high school and with that you see all the food stamp fraud, poor life style choices and poor people proliferating more poor people though the generations. Blacks do not have a corner on the market in this area although I don’t go to The WalMarts in the big city without my Glock 17.

    I do think that most blacks have a demented and non-pragmatic way of thinking about the economy and their way of life. The local college here has a good and large engineering program. The company I work for hires these students by the gobs. To date I can recall a single black student engineer. The guy emigrated from somewhere in Africa and the guy appears to know he hit the lottery by being in the US. Great guy who works his ass off and he is going places. I am horrified by the relatively few blacks I know that almost always fall in line with the spewing of Jesse Jackson, Obama, etc. It is a game with only a single bad ending. We need a whole bunch more Thomas Sowell’s and Ben Carson’s if this country is going to bring the blacks into the conservative fold. I shut up now.

  • Terry January 30, 2019, 4:57 PM

    @ Leo LaRue- Thanks for posting that.

    Now, will someone post something with some cheer please. I could use it.

  • DAN January 30, 2019, 6:01 PM

    our newest neighbor here in b.c. 6 yrs now, WHITE FARMER from S. africa, has first hand knowledge of the mindset of blacks, the most recent bit of black wisdom coming out of s.africa was the white man was to blame for the drought in capetown because wait for IT the whites built the resevoirs TOO BIG. i shit you not !!! if they were smaller there would be more water in them. another of his axioms is you can take the black out of africa but you’ll never take africa out of the black. another valid point is there isn’t ONE DAMN NATION on earth ruled by blacks that can be considered succesful, total genocide in s.africa NOW against white farmers, be just like zimbabwe very soon, no food too damn bad.

  • Tom Sherry January 30, 2019, 6:53 PM

    Foo Fighters.

  • ghostsniper January 30, 2019, 6:56 PM

    Cut the fuel, stolen gov’t money, and all sorts of things will instantly start working themselves out.

    Give a man a dollar (stolen from someone else) and his lazy gene will kick in and be satisfied, though grumpy cause it’s never enough.

    Give a man a chance to earn a dollar and his ambitious gene will kick in and he’ll stay late to earn 2 dollars more. Every time.

    And the man that was stolen from repeatedly will become bitter, sneakier, and even more ambitious in an effort to make up for the theft. Every time.

  • Jewel January 30, 2019, 7:54 PM

    Anybody but Billy Joel.

  • jwm January 30, 2019, 8:42 PM

    Jewel gets Laugh of the Day Award!
    So here it is: on the one hand I have so very much to be grateful for. I have been blessed with a wonderful marriage to an absolute babe. Our needs are modest and we have enough to get by comfortably. I have The Lost Canyon Project to keep me busy, and give some purpose to my life. I could go on. I have been richly blessed.

    And yet, like so many men of (ahem) a certain age I find myself looking around and just choking on the goddam anger. Yesterday I took one of my very frequent walks. I hike a mile or so along the railroad easement, and then up the boulevard to the Taco Bell for coffee, and then a toke in the park. Retirement rocks that way.

    One tramp on the easement. A filthy homeless camp sprouting up under the trestle. Some homeless lunatic bouncing a ball off the crossing gate at the Boulevard. Some pants shitting derelict in a wheelchair in the alley by 7/11. A filthy drunken negro hits me up for change. Some guy passed out dead drunk or maybe dead on the sidewalk. Another one sleeping in middle of the park parking lot with a blanket wrapped around his head.

    Not to mention the thousands of rental units that have cropped up here in the last five years, and the thousands yet under construction. This used to be a sweet little corner of So Cal.
    I could go on. Our civilization is is decline. We were fortunate to have seen it peak. Maybe we’ll be safely gone before the shtf. Who knows?

    Point is, there is not a whole hell of a lot I can do about it. I don’t do TV, so I get all my news and info from the web. I run through my list of links on line. Every one of these guys is sharp. They’re all entertaining, and informative, and right. And they all want to leave you pissed off over something that you damn well better be pissed off about.

    So we find ourselves choking on the goddam anger. It is no accident that anger is listed in the Seven Deadly Sins. Anger is toxic, and addictive as nicotine. It is always tempting, and it’s easy to get another hit. And it utterly forecloses any chance of happiness.
    I don’t have all that many years left. The thick part of this book is in my left hand. I don’t want to ruin the time that I have.

    So I pray, or try to “…lead us not into Temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

    Sometimes it’s all I can do.


  • AesopFan January 30, 2019, 9:03 PM

    “The thick part of this book is in my left hand.” – JWM
    Never heard it put that way before. An especially poignant image for all of us bibliophiles.

    John 16:33 King James Version (KJV)
    33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

  • pbird January 30, 2019, 9:08 PM

    Yeah, McMurtry could do.

  • H January 31, 2019, 5:41 AM

    “empty their gun”


    Barry Corbin’s character in No Country For Old Men: “What you got, ain’t nothin’ new…….you can’t stop what’s coming”


  • Casey Klahn January 31, 2019, 9:35 AM

    I have to take a different point of view vis: minority races. I have met plenty who approach life with magnanimity and humility (not deference; humility). If I have ever felt unfairly treated, and I have been once or twice in my long life, I look to humility. From dust I came, and thence I shall return.

    Any human who feels owed by the rest is a sucker. It’s the default feeling of a liberal society. If feeling privileged is a sin, then feeling entitled or owed is equally so. Nobody short of the royal family is entitled, and who likes those morons, anyway?

    Maybe there are large swaths of garbage in inner cities in the East, but Hollywood is totally worse, compared to them, with the constant drumbeat of how superior they are – how virtuous and woke.

  • jwm January 31, 2019, 5:43 PM

    Your response to Terry, the quote from the KJV, really hit home for me. Allowed me to exhale, if you know what I mean. Thanks


  • AesopFan January 31, 2019, 9:48 PM

    JWM – We all stress out in these crazy times; it’s good to go back to the eternal essentials.

  • Snakepit Kansas February 1, 2019, 5:36 PM

    I mean no disparagement of minorities in whole, ever. My first wife Mexican, my second was black. My current (and last) wife of 15 years is Asian. Our kids are mixed, and my son looks completely Asian. My above response came from analysis of a career active military black guy and another MBA level professional I respect and work with. Both have it all together, work hard and provide for their families. Good folks…..that sign onto the BLM, kneeling during the national anthem etc. I cannot mentally get there, not even at a stretch.