Fingerprints and Smudges

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There was a poster behind the fridge,
With tatty brittle edges
It’s torn, faded and yellow,
It has fingerprints and smudges,
fingerprints and smudges

It’s been forgotten in the corner,
Since 1974
We found it when the house came down,
To build a superstore,
To build the new mall

This fantastic faded paper,
Proclaims a carnival of change
In coloured letters 6 inches tall,
All the world to rearrange
Into something rich and strange

it’s considered common knowledge
that the hope was an illusion
that light and love and rock and roll
were a huge collective delusion,
a youthful indiscretion

but the winners write the histories,
and it’s mostly turncoats help recall
I question if they understand,
or were even there at all,
Were they truly there at all

You thought the times were changing,
but they never did
So you all sold out and got a job,
and left the problems for your kids,
left the unsolved problems for the kids

the kids you should not have had,
are standing crowded in together
they’re just as foolish and confused as you were,
but you had better weather
a lot more hope and better weather

you had the world you had the wealth you were prodigious,
but you didn’t have the knowledge
you lost the plot in a long war of attrition,
you lost your conviction and your courage
all that’s left is fingerprints to salvage

now it’s 30 years later,
the alright kids are so much older
I’m still banging on the drums of peace,
but the young ones are much colder
and the drums of war beat louder

now it’s an old man’s revolution,
and it won’t win the election
but I won’t get fooled again,
and it’s time to take some action
force a conscious resurrection

I’m repainting the poster,
To pin its colours to the wall
A call to freedom written large,
In letters 6 feet tall
Put the writing on the wall


from Common Knowledge Sampler, released January 1, 2007
Song by Tom Drinkwater
Arrangement and Production by Pillowfish



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