I was just sitting here thinking of some things I learned in my past and I came across this song from Gil Scott Heron…”B Movie”…I just wanted to share it as FOOD ONLY, FOR THOUGHT…I have intentionally added a different time, a name underlined, and to the sensitive, I underlined a space where I left out a word…with this being said I am asking permission from Mr. Gil Scott Heron to print a few of his words…
“What has happened is that in the last 40 years, America has changed from a producer to a consumer. And all consumers know that when the producer names the tune the consumer has got to dance. That’s the way it is. We used to be very inflexible producers at that, and now we are consumers and, find it difficult to understand. Natural resources and minerals will change your world. The Arabs used to be in the 3rd World. They bought the 2nd World and put a firm down payment on the 1st one. Controlling your resources will control your world. This country has been surprised by the way the world looks now. They don’t know if they want to be Matt Dillon or Bob Dylan. They don’t know if they want to be diplomats or continue the same policy – of nuclear nightmare diplomacy. John Foster Dulles ain’t nothing but the name of an airport now.
The idea concerns the fact that this country wants nostalgia. They want to go back as far as they can, even if it’s only as far as last week. Not to face now or tomorrow, but to face backward. And yesterday was the day of our cinema heroes riding to the rescue at the last possible moment. The day of the man in the white hat or the man on the white horse – or the man who always came to save America at the last moment someone always came to save America at the last moment, especially in B movies. And when America found itself having a hard time facing the future, they looked for people like John Wayne. But since John Wayne was no longer available, they settled for George Bush, and it has placed us in a situation that we can only look at like a B movie.
Come with us back to those inglorious days when heroes weren’t zeros before fair was square. When the cavalry came straight away and all-American men were like Hemingway to the days of the wondrous B movie. The producer underwritten by all the millionaires necessary will be Casper The Defensive Weinberger no more animated choice is available. The director will be Attila the Haig, running around frantically, declaring himself in control and in charge. The ultimate realization of the inmates taking over at the asylum. The screenplay will be adapted from the book called Voodoo Economics by George Papa Doc Bush. Music by the Village People, the very military “Macho Man.”The ultimate in synthetic selling: A Madison Avenue masterpiece, a miracle, a cotton-candy politician Presto! Macho! Macho, macho man!
Put your orders in America. And quick as Kodak your leaders duplicate with the accent being on the nukes – cause all of a sudden we have fallen prey to selective amnesia – remembering what we want to remember and forgetting what we choose to forget. All of a sudden, the man who called for a blood bath on our college campuses is supposed to be Dudley God-____ Do-Right? . Civil rights, women’s rights, gay rightsit’s all wrong. Call in the cavalry to disrupt this perception of freedom gone wild. God ____ itfirst one wants freedom, then the whole ____ world wants freedom.
Nostalgia, that’s what we wantthe good ol’ dayswhen we gave’em hell. When the buck stopped somewhere and you could still buy something with it. To a time when movies were in black and white and so was everything else.. Before the free press went down before full-court press. And were reluctant to review the menu because they knew the only thing available was Crow. Their slogan is, Why wait for 2009? You can panic now…and avoid the rush.So much for the good news
As Wall Street goes, so goes the nation. And here’s a look at the closing numbers racism’s up, human rights are down, peace is shaky, war items are hot – the House claims all ties. Jobs are down, money is scarce and common sense is at an all-time low on heavy trading. Movies were looking better than ever and now no one is looking because, we’re starring in a B movie. And we would rather had John Waynewe would rather had John Wayne.”
“You don’t need to be in no hurry.
You ain’t never really got to worry.
And you don’t need to check on how you feel.
Just keep repeating that none of this is real.
And if you’re sensing, that something’s wrong,
Well just remember, that it won’t be too long
Before the director cuts the sceneyea.”
This ain’t really your life,
Ain’t really your life,
Ain’t really ain’t nothing but a movie.