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Saturday, May 15, 2010


For Writers Island 2010 #3 The Key

It’s my birthday today, and I’ll be going on my travels shortly,
so I’m posting one I prepared earlier – a kind of ‘Desert Island Discs’ thingy…


Buffalo Soldier, Dreadlock Rasta
Take heed of the words of Jehovah
On bended knee and pray to the Lord
'I wanna, I wanna be adored'

To a buck-toothed girl in Luxembourg
He’s got an uncontrollable urge
She was a case of insanity
Was it as good as it was for me?

I don’t trust you, why should you trust me?
Look through my window, what do I see?
A hustle here and a hustle there
Like the mating of the earth and air

There is no pain, you are receding
You’re no excuse for human being
Hush now baby, baby don’t you cry
Where were you when we were getting high?

Shake it on baby now, twist and shout
‘There is a light that never goes out’
No no woman, no woman no cry
Good times… they just seem to pass me by

Leave me hanging on the telephone
Send me home like an Elephant Stone
Beat the clock, you gotta beat the clock
We be to rap what key be to lock

There is a key after all - Credits:

The Creator Has A Master Plan – Pharaoh Sanders
Enlightenment, don’t know what it is – Van Morrison
Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley And The Wailers
Words Of Wisdom – Dennis Brown
Religion – Public Image Limited
I Wanna Be Adored – The Stone Roses
Ask – The Smiths
Uncontrollable Urge – Devo
Bodies – The Sex Pistols
How Was It For You? - James
Complete Control – The Clash
The Passenger – Iggy Pop
Walk On The Wild Side – The Velvet Underground
Evening Over Rooftops – Edgar Broughton Band
Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
Mirage – Siouxsie And The Banshees
Mother – Pink Floyd
Champagne Supernova – Oasis
Twist And Shout – The Beatles
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley And The Wailers
Lisa Says – The Velvet Underground
Hanging On The Telephone – Blondie
Elephant Stone – The Stone Roses
Beat The Clock – Sparks
The Rebirth Of Slick – Digable Planets


  1. Happy Birthdayyyy - I hope you'll have a wonderful day :)
    Nice poem!

  2. Echoed here. Many, many happies. Don't forget to come back.

    And your poem has given me an idea!

  3. Wonderful tapestry of thumbnail lyrics! Somehow this could be all the by ways to enlightenment! I'm not convinced that the road to enlightenment is a highway!

  4. That was excellently done. And a Happy Birthday to you.

  5. A very Happy Birthday :)Pink Floyd is one of my very favorites!

  6. Happy Bithday, Stan!
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    Happy Bithday, Stan!

    That is all the better I can sing. I used to sing but after I was asked to leave a church choir I have decided that I really can't sing very good.
    So, Happy Bithday to you!

    We have had the Twenty-fourth regiment stationed in Houston in the early 1900's. We also have The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum here in Houston.

    I enjoyed your roll call of songs and singing artists. I am familiar with those of the 60's and 70's but not many of the 80's and up.

    Happy Birthday once more, and enjoy your holiday!

  7. my wishes are on-going, so it doesn't make one bit of difference that I'm late to say happy birthday.
    nice work on this one!

  8. Belated Happy birthday Hope you had a fantastic day Love it how you wove all these lyrics into a great tapestry

  9. Happy Birthday Stan, Lots of love from Nic Andy and Jack, and probably the girl next door!

    Love the way you got so many references in!

  10. Love the way you have used a key, Stan! You must have music running through your head constantly to get all of that out ... Happy birthday!

  11. Stan,
    Love what you did with these different lines of songs. Happy birthday! Hope it is a good one.

  12. Stan, this is fantastic. Really - remarkable. I've never thought to put something like this together before. You are definitely showing me the way to a good idea.

    Happy, happy birthday.

  13. happy birthday, Stan!

    your poem is like the never-ending soundtrack in my brain.

  14. Thanks to everyone for visiting/commenting. I had a great weekend and will now try to get back to you all.

  15. Stan - I was delayed getting around to read, but gotta tell ya -- this one is ubercool... and a very very happy birthday to you!!


  16. Thanks Rob; I could have gone on, but we'd be no more enlightened...

  17. Like how you played with the lyrics, Stan...happy belated birthday, and many more!

  18. Thanks Linda; An exercise I did that just about managed to suit the prompt.

  19. You did an excellent job of weaving all those lyrics together. I really liked this. I also have to admire your taste in music.


  20. Thanks RWP; Just a sample from my collection.

  21. Keep telling that history:

    Read the novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, "RaPR", where Buffalo Bill Cody meets a Buffalo Soldier. A great story of black military history...the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers.

    How do you keep a people down? ‘Never' let them 'know' their history.

    The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn't for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry.

    Read the novel, “Rescue at Pine Ridge”, 5 stars Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the youtube trailer commercial...and visit the website http://www.rescueatpineridge.com

    I hope you’ll enjoy the novel. I wrote it from my mini-series movie of the same title, “RaPR” to keep my story alive. Hollywood has had a lot of strikes and doesn't like telling our stories...its been “his-story” of history all along…until now. The movie so far has attached, Bill Duke directing, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman, James Whitmore Jr. and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with…see imdb.com at; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0925633/

    When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; http://www.alphawolfprods.com and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for Wells Fargo in Montana, in the 1890's, “spread the word”.


  22. Thanks Buffalo Soldier 9; This all sounds fascinating - I'll check it out.

  23. nicely done Stan...not familiar with all the credits.....but Marley, Pink F..and especially the Vee undergound...all great....and belated HP

  24. Thanks Wayne; Many more Greats in my collection.