Do you know what it is?

Do you know what it is?

A songsmith like Tom Petty

singing stories about characters

these po’ folk down on their luck

I admire the musicianship of TP but

these songs he’s singing have no core


he is singing about these characters he makes up 

these po’ folk he doesn’t understand

he’s above them not only financially

but even in the way that he doesn’t understand 

their inner lives

he’s singing these songs as if these people

are cardboard oddities

only because his life is far too good now 

there’s no way he can understand 

their pure desperation

their pure poverty of hope

their pure prison of no options!

any rich bastard writing songs about poor folk

should lock himself in a two room apartment for a few months

and give himself a minimum wage salary to live on for a while

drive an old car that might break down without the money to fix it

date some desperate women without options

get a little hungry and thirsty for things he can’t buy

see how it feels!!!

then he might write some authentic songs about a poor guy



  • ShynerShyner Posts: 1,226
    Hey. Where u writing be
  • justamjustam Posts: 21,273

    Shyner, I don't have much to say these days. I'll write something when I feel it. 
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