Tuesday Tunes: Everlast

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Sign and blanket found under a bridge in Boulder, Colorado, one of the wealthiest cities in the United States

Tuesday Tunes between now and election day will be focused on political and social issues that are relevant in the Presidential Campaign. This week, I bring you Everlast’s What It’s Like.

What It’s Like
Everlast

We’ve all seen a man at the liquor store beggin’ for your change
The hair on his face is dirty, dread-locked, and full of mange
He asks the man for what he could spare, with shame in his eyes
“Get a job you f****** slob,” is all he replied
God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in his shoes
‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to sing the blues

Then you really might know what it’s like (what it’s like) 3x
Then you really might know what it’s like

Mary got pregnant from a kid named Tom who said he was in love
He said, “Don’t worry about a thing, baby doll
I’m the man you’ve been dreaming of.”
But 3 months later he say he won’t date her or return her calls
And she swears, “God ****, If find that man I’m cuttin’ off his balls.”
then she heads for the clinic and
she gets some static walking through the door
They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner
and they call her a whore
God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes
’cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to choose

Then you REALLY might know what its like (what it’s like) 3x
then you really might know what its like

I’ve seen a rich man beg
I’ve seen a good man sin
I’ve seen a tough man cry
I’ve seen a loser win
And a sad man grin
I’ve heard an honest man lie
I’ve seen the good side of bad
And the downside of up
And everything between
I’ve licked the silver spoon
Drank from the golden cup
And smoked the finest green
I’ve stroked the daddies dimes at least a couple of times
before I broke they heart
You know where it ends, yo, it usually depends on where you start

this kid named Max
He used to get fat stacks out on the corner with drugs
He liked to hang out late
get s***-faced and keep the pace with thugs
Until late one night there was a big gun fight and Max lost his head
He pulled out his chrome.45, talked some s***, and wound up dead
Now his wife and his kids are caught in the midst of all of this pain
You know it crumbles that way
at least that’s what they say when you play the game
God forbid you ever had to wake up to hear the news
‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to lose

Then you really might know what it’s like…
Then you really might know what it’s like…
Then you really might know what it’s like…to have to lose.

What do you think? Why do we find it so easy to judge other people and their personal choices? Do you prefer your elected officials to be people who can relate to you or does that not matter to you? Why do we see so many things in black and white instead of recognizing shades of grey?

I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading!

39 Comments

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39 responses to “Tuesday Tunes: Everlast

  1. I think it’s because we’re born miracles of life, magnificent beings of light and then….. we forget our essence.

    In the struggle to remember who we truly are, we act out our fear and pain that we will never be that which we always were and always are.

    That’s a very powerful song — the words are stunning. Thanks for awakening all of us!

    • newsofthetimes

      Thanks, Louise! I have always loved this song. It does seem that fear plays a significant role in our judgements. Thanks so much for the comment!

  2. We judge from fear, Jen: fear that it could be us suffering the indignities, pain, lack, illness, whatever. Fear insulates us from our compassion and identification with the possibility that we all can fall (operative word here is “fall”) on hard times. Love the lyrics! xoM

  3. Good luck with the election(s). May the best man (men, women) win. I can see one man who knows what it’s really like for the white and the black and the everybody, and one man who not only doesn’t know those who are not like him – he’s made it clear he doesn’t care about them either. Great song.

  4. I think we judge because we are not sure what to feel or do … by fear too – somebody that don’t look or behave as seen as normal we judge, because it’s the easy way out.
    Of course I would love our elected to be able to relate to me and everybody else, but it’s impossible and I think that the world they are in .. is so fare from mine because of many circumstances – and also people around them will put up screens so they don’t see what they really should see. Great song.

  5. We judge what we don’t understand. This is one of my fave tunes ever. It was very applicable to the work I was doing with people living in homelessness and it resonates with my general philosophy. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Hi Jen. The words of the song is very powerful. why do so many of us judge others? That’s the 64 thousand dollar question. Arrogance,, or perhaps they simply need someone to look down too…it makes them feel better.

  7. You described the World we live in Now.
    Everything is upside down. Thank you

  8. People who have find it hard to walk in the shoes who have not. This thought was in my head as I followed a new black Mercedes with a R&R sticker on its back. We are not all born on third base. Some of us are born with two strikes and still in the batter box. People need opportunity, encouragement, mentoring. Let’s help people climb a ladder rather than grease the rungs.My GOP friends support a party whose platform will pea on the head of those in need. The fact that some in that party are getting pissed on, matters not as long as you give them guns and religion.

    • Great comment, as usual. You are so right. It seems hard for people who start on third base, as you so eloquently point out, to understand people who are not like them. Thanks so much for the comment, BTG!

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