Monday, May 01, 2006

President Bystander

Springsteen Expresses New Orleans' Pain:
"- New Jersey's favorite son was adopted by New Orleans on Sunday, as Bruce Springsteen — through speeches and song — vocalized the anger, frustration, pain and resilience of this hurricane-battered city at the annual Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Decrying what he called 'criminal ineptitude' in Hurricane Katrina's wake, Springsteen jabbed at the political powers he deemed responsible for New Orleans' slow recovery.

Perhaps the most pointed moment came as he prepared to sing an old song that he had rewritten lyrics to for New Orleans. Noting that he visited the city's ninth ward, perhaps the most devastated area in the city, Springsteen said: 'I saw sights I never thought I'd see in an American city,' and added: 'The criminal ineptitude makes you furious.'

With that, he launched into a song titled 'How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?' and dedicated the song to 'President Bystander.' Its lyrics included the lines: 'There's bodies floatin' on Canal and the levees gone to hell ... them who's got out of town, and them who ain't got left to drown, tell me, how can a poor man stand such times and live?'"

Thanks Boss.
Why is it that only rock stars and comedians get to speak the truth nowadays?

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