The franchise industry will one day not be built on a wage subsidy from the poor.

February 19, 2015

There are consequences to driving  wages down below a certain point.

Brian Gable Globe and Mail

Brian Gable, The Globe and Mail

Because you can do something does not necessarily mean you should.

Morning Moon, The Tragically Hip


For a good life, we just might have to weaken

August 28, 2008

hip1A band so Canadian it has two Gords. [My dad’s name was Gordon Alexander Stewart.]

  • The way back is always through; trust the Muse.

[link to video] It’s a Good Life if You Don’t Weaken, The Tragically Hip

When the colour of the night
and all the smoke for one life
gives way to shaky movements,
improvisational skills,
a forest of whispering speakers
let’s swear that we will
get with the times,
in a current health to stay
let’s get friendship right
get life day-to-day

in the “forget-yer-skates” dream
full of countervailing woes
In diverse-as-ever scenes
proceeding on a need-to-know
in a face so full of meaning
as to almost make it glow

0 for a good life, we just might have to weaken

And find somewhere to go
– go somewhere we’re needed
find somewhere to grow
– grow somewhere we’re needed.

When the colour of the night
and all the smoke in one life
gives way to shaky movements,
improvisational skills
in the forest of whispering speakers
let’s swear that we will
get with the times,
in a current health to stay
lets get friendship right
get life day-to-day
in the “forget-yer-skates” dream
full of countervailing woes
In diverse-as-ever scenes
proceeding on a need-to-know
in a face so full of meaning
as to almost make it glow

0 for a good life, we just might have to weaken

And find somewhere to go
– go somewhere we’re needed
find somewhere to grow
– grow somewhere we’re needed
find somewhere to go
– let’s go somewhere we’re needed
find somewhere to grow
– We grow where we are needed

Cause in the “forget-yer-skates” dream
you can hang your head in woe
and this diverse-as-ever scene
know which way to go


You’re all alone and the dummies might be right

August 21, 2008

My Music at Work, The Tragically Hip

Everything is bleak.
It’s the middle of the night.
You’re all alone and
the dummies might be right.
You feel like a jerk.
My music at work.
My music at work.

Avoid trends and cliches.
Don’t try to be up to date.

And when the sunlight hits the olive-oil,
don’t hesitate.

The night’s so long it hurts
My music at work.
In a symbol too far
or the anatomy of a stain;
to determine where you are,
in a sink full of Ganges, I’d remain –
No matter what you heard
in my music at work.
My music at work.
My music at work.

I call it, ‘Olga Waits;
The Cloud That Entertains
The Dim Possibility of
Showing Some Restraint.’
The rain came down berserk.
My music at work.
My music at work.

On a star beyond the chart
or the dark side of a drop of rain.
determining where you are,
in a sink full of Ganges, I remain –
No matter what you heard.
My music at work.
My music at work.
My music at work.

La-la-la-la-la-la.
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.
La-la-la-la-la-la.
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.

Everything is bleak.
It’s the middle of the night.

You’re all alone and
the dummies might be right.
Outside, the darkness lurks.
My music at work.
My music at work.

Hey fallen hummingbird,
my music at work.
From the middle of the earth,
my music at work.
Bound for bed without dessert,
my music at work.
My music at work.
My music at work.


It’d be better for us/us/me if you don’t understand

June 29, 2008

hip4[link to video] Locked in the Trunk of a Car, The Tragically Hip

They don’t know how old I am,
they found armour in my belly
from the 16th century,
conquistador, I think.

They don’t know how old I am,
they found armour in my belly.
Passion out of
machine-revving tension, lashing
out at machine-revving tension,
brushing by the
machine-revving tension.

Morning broke
out the backside of a truck-stop
the end of a line a real,
rainbow-liking, luck stop
where you could say I became
chronologically “fucked-up”
.
Put ten bucks in
just to get the tank topped off.

Then, I found a place
it’s dark and it’s rotted.
It’s a cool, sweet kinda-place
where the copters won’t spot it

and I destroyed the map,
I even thought I forgot it
,

however, every-day
I’m dumping the body
.
It’d be better for us
if you don’t understand.
It’d be better for me
if you don’t understand

however, every-day
I’m dumping the body.
It’d be better for us
if you don’t understand.

It’d be better for us
if you don’t understand

It’d be better for me
if you don’t understand

Let me out, let me out, let me out,
Let me out, let me out
Let me out, let me out


This is all nothing but a cold calculation

May 21, 2008

Everybody thinks their franchise-centric pain is a custom, unique trip.

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Few realize the pain they feel is a very good cover for an engineered human experience.

[link to song] Scared, The Tragically Hip

I could make you scared
if you want me to
I’m not prepared, but if I have to
He said, I can make you scared,
it’s kinda what I do
If you’re prepared,
here’s what I propose to do
You’re in Russia
and more than a million works of art
are whisked out to the woods
So when the Nazis
find the whole place dark
They’d think god’s
left the museum for good

I make you scared, if that’s what I do
If you’re prepared, if I have to
If I make you scared and you pay me to
If that’s the deal
now here’s what I can do for you

Now there’s a focus group
that can prove
this is all nothing
but cold calculation

Tests have shown
that suspicious or hostile
Their lives need not be shortened
truth be told
they can live a long, long while
Tickled to death by their importance

If you make me scared,
if that’s what you do
If I’m unclear can I get out of this thing
with me and you
If you feel scared, a bit confused,
I gotta say
this sounds a little beyond
anything I’m used to

Now there’s a precious few
that can prove that at the root
This is all nothing but a cold calculation

Clearly entranced,
you’re leaning back now
Defanged destroyer limps into the bay
Down at the beach
it’s attracting quite a crowd
As kids wade through blood
out to it to play

OK you made me scared,
you did what you set out to do
I’m not prepared, really had me
going there for a minute or two
He said, you made me scared too,
I wasn’t sure I was getting through
I gotta go, it’s been a pleasure
doing business with you
.


laugh and laugh til all the chameleons turn black

April 5, 2008

Tragically Hip

[link to video] World Container, The Tragically Hip

There’s a world container with your name on it
and a billion ways to go berserk
when the country quits on you
it must be dinner
and the Himmler on this one is, there’s no dessert
(he’s the one who couldn’t imagine
all the people living life in peace
, yoo hoo oo oo oo)

Good news! You get to vanish
go to Cleveland, be an indie smash
the good news is now you’re smaller
the bad news is you can be smaller than that

Go suck some souls, be a reader, get used
laugh at a funeral or two
laugh and laugh til all the chameleons turn black
laugh and laugh til you’re told, “Please don’t come back”

then fake incredulous, say, “I just can’t believe!
How’d it get this late so early?”
say, “Ain’t life a grand? and I’m in awe of y’all”
then drop into your haunted bunk
go to your touchless times
out where the water’s drying
go past the “No Attractions Past This Point” sign
what you’ll find there are all flaws in progress
where all songs are one song and that song is, Don’t Forget
yea, all songs are one song and that song is, Don’t Forget

Yea, I’ve faked incredulous, said, “I just can’t believe.
How’d it get this late so early?
said, “Ain’t life a grand” and “I’m in awe of y’all”
I’ve dropped into my haunted bunk
been to the touchless times,
out where the water’s drying
been past the “No Attractions Past This Point” sign
what we have here are all flaws in progress
where all songs are one song and that song is, Don’t Forget
where all songs are one song and that song is, Don’t Forget
where all songs are one song and that song is, Don’t Forget


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