Jim Infantino - Desperate Times

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I write songs that I think stand a chance of jarring people just enough to get a fresh look at the world around them. Sometimes I try to do this with humor, sometimes, just by telling the plainest truth I know how to tell. I wrote Desperate Times after hanging around a folk festival all weekend realizing I hadn't heard a single song about ordinary folks. Songs have the power to open our hearts and open our minds, or they have the power to distract and insulate us. Having heard so many of the latter and too few of the former, I fell into a songwriter's despair, and wrote it all down. Now it seems the issue is bigger. We have the power of distraction not only from our music, which we can plug into non-stop, but also from our socio-networks and 'smart' phones. I'm no hermit, I do it too. But while we lose ourselves in our media slumberland, our one true home is becoming uninhabitable. It's time we rouse ourselves from our cocoons for at least some of the day, in order to try to change the direction our ship is sailing.

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Let me tell you something
all the kids I know say there's no one
who will deal with the problems that are closing in around them
they turn on the radio, it's some regurgitated pop
or some 30 year old love song that was written for their parents
don't come singing about her hair by the window
or her eyes in the moonlight or her kisses in the morning
I don't need another song about the ocean of your love for a sweater
that you gave to your boyfriend - these
these are desperate times
pay attention look up and read the signs
believe
these are desperate times

all the grown ups say that all the best music
was written 20 years ago in their generation
well we've had another 20 years of devastation on this planet
made real by a nation being lulled into submission
shut up! I don't care about the dress that she wore
when she walked through the forest on the cool summer evening
I've had it up to here with all these feel good ditties
about how life would be much better if we'd ignore all the problems - these
these are desperate times
pay attention look up and read the signs
believe
these are desperate times

all around the world the guns are being cocked
and they're pointed at the others caught staring at our table
well drink up americans because the time is running out
before the picture gets flipped and we're all looking down the barrel - these
these are desperate times
pay attention look up and read the signs
believe
these are desperate times - these
these are desperate times
pay attention look up and read the signs
believe
these are desperate times

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from Make A Noise, released June 6, 2012

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