Still winter in American

Still winter in American

 

When I was growing up, I had three older sisters. During the 60’s and early 70’s, I was influenced by the culture of social change, outrage, and unrest. I remember listening to all the music that was reflective of those times.
Songs about Kent State, the war and Woodstock became a stable for my love of music as I got older. I now find that our society seems to be right back there again.
Once again unrest, anger, fear and manipulation seems to be the new norm.
Lately, that music about social change, not giving up and taking a standing seems to be making its way from albums and 8 tracks to digital, and it up reminds me of Gill-Scott Heron, especially Winter in American. 
Funny how things that influenced you long ago, without meaning, find meaning at another time in your life. 
Check this out, how applicable is this?
 
From the Indians who welcomed the pilgrims
And to the buffalo who once ruled the plains
Like the vultures circling beneath the dark clouds
Looking for the rain
Looking for the rain
 
Just like the cities staggered on the coastline
Living in a nation that just can’t stand much more
Like the forest buried beneath the highway
Never had a chance to grow
Never had a chance to grow
 
And now it’s winter
Winter in America
Yes and all of the healers have been killed
Or sent away, yeah
But the people know, the people know
It’s winter
Winter in America
And ain’t nobody fighting
‘Cause nobody knows what to save
Save your soul, Lord knows
From Winter in America
 
The Constitution
A noble piece of paper
With free society
Struggled but it died in vain
And now Democracy is ragtime on the corner
Hoping for some rain
Looks like it’s hoping
Hoping for some rain