Song Lyric Sunday: Cool/Groovy/Hip/Nifty/Radical/Swell – ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’

I have often thought that you can pretty well date somebody by some of the colloquial expressions they use, and I suspect that will be the case with Jim’s latest theme for Song Lyric Sunday.

Of the choices he’s offered, ‘cool’ is probably the closest to what I would have been likely to use – although it’s a bit of a shame that ‘far out’ didn’t make the cut. In any case, this week I’ve gone for a mention of the key word in the lyrics rather than explicitly in the title, so here’s Neil Young getting his rock thing going with a great one.

There’s colors on the street
Red, white and blue
People shufflin’ their feet
People sleepin’ in their shoes
But there’s a warnin’ sign
on the road ahead
There’s a lot of people sayin’
we’d be better off dead
Don’t feel like Satan,
but I am to them
So I try to forget it,
any way I can.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

I see a woman in the night
With a baby in her hand
Under an old street light
Near a garbage can
Now she puts the kid away,
and she’s gone to get a hit
She hates her life,
and what she’s done to it
There’s one more kid
that will never go to school
Never get to fall in love,
Never get to be cool.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

We got a thousand points of light
For the homeless man
We got a kinder, gentler,
Machine gun hand
We got department stores
and toilet paper
Got styrofoam boxes
for the ozone layer
Got a man of the people,
says keep hope alive
Got fuel to burn,
got roads to drive.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world

Written by Neil Young

Song Lyric Sunday 26 May 2019

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