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Jim Page
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[2018]

"I wanted to post this song because of what’s happening in Seattle right now. It came about by going downtown one night to take a look at the new “Amazon Spheres,” and all the cranes and all the building. I love this city in a deep resonating way and I see a history that Amazon is at odds with, that Bezos and all of clones would like to disappear – using that word like a verb. I got here in 1971 and fell in love with the climate, the water, the mountains, the ease of the pace, the spontaneity, the music scene, all of it. And I swam in it for years. Still there was a clique of people who yearned for a greater and shinier city, with a celebrated upper class, and banks that would proudly welcome the likes of Boss Tweed. I played everywhere – the bus station, the TV station, all the bars and cocktail lounges, but I couldn’t get into the Rainier Club because that was private space for money and it’s friends. And I knew that given the chance that money would grow – not for all of us, but for the select few. And it has. So after seeing those “spheres” I slowly went back home and dove into my thoughts, coming back up with a rant that became a song – a song that was written in a particular style. I knew that I would be playing at the Moisture Festival and that my long time associate Mark Ettinger would be there. I also knew that Jessica Lurie would there. So I wrote something that has holes in it made for the instruments, the saxophone and the bass. It was brand new and we barely rehearsed. So bear that in mind – it’s a little raggedy here and there, but it gets the point across. I post the lyrics here as well because I choked on a few of the lines, having to fill in with whatever came to mind on the spot. I hope it makes sense."Fonte

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We live in a boomtown
metropolis
where success
is a weapon of war
some people live in
spectacular mansions
others can’t afford to live
anywhere anymore

but Bezos has the money
he’s got all that money
a hundred billion dollars in his pants
way down in his pants

they built a shiny new temple to
themselves downtown
people genuflect
as they pass
artificial sunlight
and climate control
so they can colonize the jungle
behind a pain of glass

and because Bezos has the money
he’s got all that money
clutching in the fingers of his hand
he’s a rich man

Amazon
you don’t have the right to use that name
Amazon
it is a nation and a people
Amazon
one of the world’s greatest rivers
Amazon
it is the lungs of the planet

and we can barely breath
anymore

we gather together
see what is to be done
we know the risks we take
are perilous
we sharpen our wits
for the days ahead to come
somebody has to
and it might as well be us

because we have the history
we know what we are doing
and we will not just disappear
we’re gonna stay right here

Amazon
you don’t have the right to use that name
Amazon
it is a nation and a people
Amazon
one of the world’s greatest rivers
Amazon
it is the lungs of the planet

and this is our planet
and it is not for sale

inviata da adriana - 10/3/2019 - 08:50



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