Thought of a few more non rap songs
The verses still ring true here.
“People livin’ their lives for you on TV
They say they’re better than you and you agree”
“Another day, another dollar, another war, another tower Went up to where the homeless had their homes”
The Woodstock '99 version is iconic, might be my favorite performance from the whole festival.
Billy Joel was on the money with this ode to suburban sprawl and American consumerism. Those verses still cut like a knife.
Bernie Taupin is criminally underrated, and it’s a much better ode to the Indians than whatever Neil Young was smoking when he penned “hate was just a legend war was never known” in Cortez the Killer.
The scariest part of this song is how it could equally be about the homeless drug zombie epidemic currently plaguing cities like Philly.
“I walked the avenue, 'til my legs felt like stone
I heard the voices of friends vanished and gone
At night I could hear the blood in my veins
Just as black and whispering as the rain
On the streets of Philadelphia
Ain’t no angel gonna greet me
It’s just you and I my friend
And my clothes don’t fit me no more
A thousand miles just to slip this skin.”
Another contender for the post prescient verses 30+ years after being penned.