Monday, April 14, 2008

Late Stop on the Poetry Train

It seems there was some switching problems when the Poetry Train was working its way to Duckville. So, better late than never.
It seems like it has been a slight bit of a renaissance for George Michael. First there was Eli Stone, which seemed to almost revolve around his music. And then Carrie Underwood sung this song on Idol Gives Back. I liked the original version better, which is why I share it now.

These are the days of the open hand
They will not be the last
Look around now
These are the days of the beggars
And the choosers

This is the year of the hungry man
Whose place is in the past
Hand in hand with ignorance
And legitimate excuses

The rich declare themselves poor
And most of us are not sure
If we have too much
But well take our chances
Because God stopped keeping score
I guess somewhere along the way
He must have let us all out to play
Turned his back and all gods children
Crept out the back door

Chorus
And its hard to love,
Theres so much to hate
Hanging on to hope
When there is no hope to speak of
And the wounded skies above
Say its much too late
Well maybe we should all be
Praying for time

These are the days of the empty hand
Oh you hold on to what you can
And charity is a coat you wear
Twice a year

This is the year of the guilty man
Your television takes a stand
And you find that what was over there
Is over here

So you scream from behind your door
Say whats mine is mine and not yours
I may have too much
But Ill take my chances
Because God stopped keeping score
And you cling to the things
They sold you
Did you cover your eyes when
They told you
That he cant come back
Because he has no children
To come back for

And its hard to love,
Theres so much to hate
Hanging on to hope
When there is no hope to speak of
And the wounded skies above
Say its much too late
Well maybe we should all be
Praying for time

6 comments:

Julia Smith said...

Thanks for your comment, Sparky! You totally nailed it.

This is a song I hadn't heard before, though I like George Michael. I like these lines from the chorus best:
'And its hard to love,
There's so much to hate
Hanging on to hope
When there is no hope to speak of'

Wylie Kinson said...

Do you watch Eli Stone? Hubby and I haven't missed an episode. It's my new fave show (well... after Lost) but I haven't met anyone else who watches!

Bond said...

George...on the road back....Never watched that TV show... sorry, it looked to weird for my tastes...

Amy Ruttan said...

I like that version. Thanks for stopping by and the birthday wishes. :D

Starrlight said...

I thought she did a pretty good job with it. And I am so stoked to see Gorgeous George =)

SaS said...

Ah, a song with multiple personal meaning to me. Not only is it an amazing song emotionally, it reminds me of someone I once loved. (Still do, actually...I'll have to blog about that someday). This song is probably one of Georgie-Boy's best. The whole cd, Listen Without Predjudice, is amazing. Cowboys and Angels, Mother's Pride (which was appropriate when it was released in '91 and appropirate now since we're back in Iraq). Best line ever..."I'll take my chances/cause God stopped keeping score..."