Woodstock Generation

by Darrell Elmer Rodgers

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This album delivers of 10 of Darrell Elmer Rodgers' "social commentary" songs - many (not all) presented with a touch of humor as this "Bard of the Baby Boomers" is known to do. The first two, written just 10 years after Woodstock, are still well worth singing today. These ten songs reflect on social issues from war, to working in a troubled economy, to social media, and even to our food. And of course, living in Arizona as he does, Darrell couldn't resist taking a humorous jab at his beloved state.
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released 01 August 2014

All songs written, performed and recorded by Darrell Elmer Rodgers. Produced at darrellsongs Studio, CasaGrande, AZ. Thanks to Mr. Rick Heyman for the bass parts on tracks 3, 4, and 9. Thanks to Michael Parker for the drums on track 3. Thanks to both of them for many enjoyable performances as a trio.
Learn more about Darrell Elmer Rodgers at darrellsongs.com

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Track Name: Woodstock Generation
Woodstock Generation (revised) - words and music by Darrell Rodgers

verse:
You gathered together, three hundred thousand strong
amazing the world with how well you could get along
A living example, of brotherhood
now beginning to wonder, did it do any good?
The cities are dying throughout the land
and the people are crying out for a helping hand

chorus:
Woodstock Generation, tell me where are you today?
Will you save this nation, or let it just die away?
Woodstock Generation, tell me where are you today?
Will you save this nation, or let it just die away?
Don’t let it die away!

verse:
You cried out for world peace, and love of fellow man
You said that we’re going to change things when we finally can
But that day is upon us and its the same as before,
Greedy men of power pushing us into war
We don’t care for man-made boundaries but we’ve got to let them know
that death and destruction is no way to go

chorus:
Woodstock Generation, tell me where are you today?
Will you save this nation, or let it just die away?
Woodstock Generation, tell me where are you today?
Will you save this nation, or let it just die away?
Don’t let it die away!

bridge:
Are you weary, just like me,
of this world's tyranny?
It's not too late to put this right
in our children's children's lives.

Teach them how to care and share.
Teach the children everywhere!
Can we unite now just once more?
Remember we once stopped a war!

verse:
The people of the world, are crying out to be free
and brothers and sisters they’re lookin’ at you and me
They know that the next war will tear the world apart
but they need to know that we can make a new start
and build a new world in which generations can grow
free from the threat of war so they gotta’ know...

chorus:
Woodstock Generation, tell me where are you today?
Will you save this nation, or let it just die away?
Woodstock Generation, tell me where are you today?
Will you save creation, or let it get blown away?
Don’t let it die away!
Now don’t let it die...

Copyright 2014 Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Track Name: What's Goin' On
What’s Goin’ On – Words and Music by Darrell Elmer Rodgers

Back in Sixty Nine we fought the draft,
Fightin’ for what we felt was right.
“Hell No We Won’t Go” was our reply,
when they said we’d have to go and fight

Then one day they called my name.
Could’ve run to Canada but I joined up just the same.
My father said I was the bravest one.
Truth is, I was just too damned scared to run.

Chorus:
Oh-Oh-Oh Lord, Lord, what’s Goin’ On?
Has the whole damn world gone mad?
Where did we go wrong?
Can’t seem to hold on to what little peace we’ve had.

Well the world is in a jam again.
And the countyu’s calling for all of its young men.
If losing sons ain’t bad enough for you,
this time they just might take your daughter too.

Had a dream, two M-Ps came to my door.
Oh No I thought I’ve got to fight them off once more.
They said “You’ve server your time, we’re not comin’ for you mister”
“This time we’ve orders, to induct your little sister!”

Chorus:
Lord, Lord, what’s Goin’ On?
Has the whole damn world gone mad?
Where did we go wrong?
Can’t seem to hold on to what little peace we’ve had.

Seems to me, we could do away,
with the state of warfare in the world today,
if men of power weren’t filled with such greed,
confusing what they want for something that they need.

Oh Oh Oh In the final run, its gonna come down to you and me,
to protect those things that we hold dear.
Won’t be no armies, no leaders left to cheer,
when the smoke is finally clear

Chorus:
Oh-Oh-Oh Lord, Lord, what’s Goin’ On?
Has the whole damn world gone mad?
Where did we go wrong?
Can’t seem to hold on to what little peace we’ve had.

Lord, What’s Goin On?
Lord, What is Goin on?
Just got to wonder, what’s goin’ on
Somebody tell me what’s goin’ on!

Copyright 2014 Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Track Name: R.O.T.F.L.M.A.O. - the facebook song
R.O.T.F.L.M.A.O. - the facebook song
by Darrell Elmer Rodgers

I signed up for facebook
Just to see what it was all about
I saw abbreviations
I could hardly figure out

LOL means Laugh Out Loud
BTW By the way
BRB means Be right Back
cause I've got more to say

Of all the crazy acronyms
My favorite one to spell
Is Rolling On the Floor and Laughing
R O T F L

since I'm loosing part of my anatomy
because I'm laughing so
I'm R O T F L
M A O
yes, I'm R O T F L
M A O


Why would any grown man want share
That he wears wig like Justin Bieber's hair?
I guess he got confused
About the button that he used
his message is a wall post and he's getting quite abused!

Now I'm learning things about my friends
I fear I should not know…
and I'm R O T F L
M A O
Yes I'm R O T F L
M A O

Once I figured out the phrases
I was shocked by what they say
telling crazy details
of what they do each day

Everybody seems so willing
to reveal their private life
embarraasing their children,
their husband or their wife

I guess I should be flattered
that they trust me so well
but if the truth be known here
I'm ROTFL

And I guess I have to thank them all
for this candid camera show
cause I'm R O T F L
M A O
yes, I'm R O T F L
M A O


That business trip to vegas with her boss
Should have stayed in Vegas, such a loss!
He's quite the talent scout
His photo left no doubt
She's standing there beside him with her dress on inside out!

Am I sorry 'bout her troubles?
I must say heavens No
cause I'm R O T F L
M A O
Yes I'm R O T F L
M A O

Now why would any husband want to say
he had a fling with some young waitress yesterday?
I guess no one told him,
Perhaps they thought he knew
his wife, by her maiden name, is here on facebook too!

Well he's gotten my attention
But not sympathy, Oh No
cause I'm R O T F L
M A O
Yes I'm R O T F L
M A O

(instrumental music)


(instrumental music)


I'm seeing tales and secrets
I would not publicize
But there they are in acronyms
right before my eyes

Each time they hit that enter key
They're putting on a show
and we're ROTFL
MAO


The lesson here is plain as it can be
Post nothing you don't want the world to see
And remember friends will share
as though they do not care
your embarrassment goes viral folks are laughing everywhere

If you ignore my warning
Well I feel you've got to know
We'll all be ROTFL
MAO
Yes we're ROTFL
MAO
R O T F L
MAO

Copyright 2012 Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Track Name: Die Workin'
Die Workin' - Words & Music by Darrell Elmer Rodgers

Well I used to dream of liesure, just the wife and me
Gonna' travel round the country, in a big R.V.
Well I'm finally back to work now, but it's only minimum wage.
The only American dream I can afford at my age (is)

Die Workin', Die Workin'

It's just a rough thing, for any working man.
It’s the long-term, under-employed, retirement plan.

Die Workin', Die Workin', Die Workin', Die Workin'

Well I used to build those rockets, that carried man to outerspace.
Now I'm stocking shelves at night, In this big warehouse place.
Early morning hours, delivering papers door to door.
It was fun when I was twelve man, but I ain't a kid no more.

Die Workin', Die Workin'

It's just a rough thing, for any working man.
It’s the long-term, under-employed, retirement plan.

Die Workin', Die Workin', Die Workin', Die Workin'

I've seen them in the paper, and on the TV news.
Those rich investment bankers, who sang the poor me blues.
They think they're survivors, with those millions they received.
But I think they're just liars, that the Government believed

As I Die Workin', Die Workin'

It's just a rough thing, for any working man.
It’s the long-term, under-employed, retirement plan.

Die Workin', Die Workin', Die Workin', Die Workin'

Yes it is the dream destroyed, for any working man.
It’s the long-term, under-employed, retirement plan

Die Workin', Die Workin', Die Workin'
If I'm Lucky, I'll Die Workin'!

Copyright 2012 Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Track Name: Just Can't Trust
Just Can't Trust - by Darrell Elmer Rodgers

Gonna Plant a Garden
beside my home
I think it's high time
that I grew my own

I've got no green thumb
But I'm learning how
cause I Just Can't Trust
Just Can't Trust
Just Can't Trust
What they're feeding me now

I've heard about those
G M Os
I've heard about those
Mon-San-Toes

I'll put nutrition
back inside my own chow
cause I Just Can't Trust
Just Can't Trust
Just Can't Trust
What they're feeding me now

Might have a little trouble
With the H O A
But when they taste my Veggies
It'll be O-Kay

the neighborhood will want to change
What the bylaws will allow
cause they Just Can't Trust
Just Can't Trust
Just Can't Trust
What they're feeding me now

bridge:
Bright Red tomotoes
Tall pole beans
Sweet bell peppers
and collard greens

There ain't no limit
to what we might grow
don't talk about it on the phone and
the government won't know

We're gonna eat healthy baby
That's my vow
cause we Just Can't Trust
Just Can't Trust
Just Can't Trust
What they're Feeding me now
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My Little Garden
Might start a trend
Suburban Farmin'
By all my friends

Might raise some Chickens
And my own Milk Cow
cause they Just Can't Trust
Just Can't Trust
Just Can't Trust
What they're feeding me now

Might grow some TV News
Only useful truth will air
Why not grow a new congress?
All the fertilizer's There!

All I need's some heirloom seeds
and I'll plant 'em in the ground
cause I Just Can't Trust
Just Can't Trust
Just Can't Trust
What they're feeding me now

you know I Just Can't Trust
Just Can't Trust
Just Can't Trust
What they're feeding me now

Copyright 2013 Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Track Name: Arizona Time
Arizona Time - words and music by Darrell Elmer Rodgers

Time clocks all around the world are changed two times a year
They spring 'em forward, fall 'em back but we don't do that here
Call it summer time or daylight savings it makes no sense you see
In a place where summer's too darn hot and we've got all the light we need

(chorus)
Here in Arizona we don't even change our mind
We prefer the way things were back in 1869
We never spring ahead but then we never fall behind
We just keep on Keepin' On, On Arizona Time

As Congress sits debating the merits of the gun,
We think it bears restating, That's How the West was Won!
It's Arizona culture, embedded in our roots,
So we'll be votin' to KEEP gun totin', 'cause they go with Hats and Boots!

~chorus~

Washington won't let us enforce immigration laws
But they won't do either and can't seem to fix the flaws
And they don't want pot clinics, though we voted for them, so...
We guess it means that Washington, wants only dope from Mexico

~chorus~
That's right,
We just keep on Keepin' On, On Arizona Time

~end~


Additional/optional verses:

Folks come from colder places to the Valley of the sun
Up to Tucson, Down To Yuma, and Lake Havasu for fun
They complain about our attitude and seem ashamed to say
They really love our latitude, and they'd sure like to stay

Please don't think us backward because we like to wear our gun
We're just proud of self reliance, and don't depend on anyone
We don't mind if you don't find our lifestyle right for you
Just remember we might shoot anyone, who tells us what to do

We still carry guns, we like to strap 'em to our hip
Just to warn the Mexicans not to give us any lip
In spite of our own History Books, we won't admit we know,
That until 1846, Man, this WAS Mexico

Copyright 2012 Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Track Name: Daily Grind
Daily Grind - by Darrell Elmer Rodgers

You can see him each mornin' at five-thirty-four
as he walks his dog Bosco to the convenience store
He's a creature of habit he loves his routine
Fresh mornin' paper, Hot cup of Caffeine

leaving Bosco on guard to the office he'll drive
to crunch all the numbers that keep business alive
but he dreams of a love he's not likely to find
as he's turnin' the wheel, turnin' the wheel,
turnin' the wheel of his own daily grind

Her alarm clock blasts news at five-thirty-four
But she'll slap the snooze for nine minutes more
She's a creature of habit, she loves her routine
a Latte from Starbucks(R) and Vogue(R) magazine

She lives in a high-rize and works in one too
In that glamorous downtown where dreams can come true
but she longs for prince charming she's not apt to find
while turnin' the wheel, turnin' the wheel,
turnin' the wheel of her own daily grind

It's day in
and day out
day after day
working
and running
with no time to play

But make time
To Take time
I'm sure you will find
You hold the wheel
You steer the wheel
You turn the wheel
of your own daily grind


Each morning and evening they pass on the street
The hard working lonely that never will meet
We're creatures of habit we love our routine
Like cogs in a wheel of the social machine

We have our agendas, we've got to move on
to get more and more before it's all gone
and we long for the comfort we think we will find
safe 'neath the wheel, tied to the wheel,
crushed 'neath of our own daily grind

and It's day in
and day out
day after day
working
and running
with no time to play

But make time
To Take time
I'm sure you will find
You hold the wheel
You steer the wheel
You turn the wheel
of your own daily grind

You hold the wheel
You steer the wheel
You turn the wheel
of your own daily grind

Copyright 2013 Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Track Name: Oh Bury Me
Oh Bury Me by Darrell Elmer Rodgers

(chorus)
Oh bury me
High on a mountain
Close to heaven I won't have to climb so far

And if heaven is not where I go
It'll make the journey long and slow
Down Hill Travelin's not so hard.

All my life
I've been workin
from the time the sun comes up til it goes down

But I'm afraid that in that time
Aint managed to save a dime
I'll be workin til they put me in the ground

(chorus: Oh Bury me...)

When I was young
I thought I had it made
Steady work with benefits and union pay

But a big recession came along, lost my job, the money's gone
Startin' over now with hair thats turnin' gray.

(chorus: Oh Bury me...)

Hey Mr. Congressman
Now can you hear me?
You got your raise now help us with our plight

'Cause folks like me are wondering if
We'll be pushed off that fiscal cliff
Just so you can claim you won a fight!!

(chorus: Oh Bury me...)
(chorus: Oh Bury me...)

Copyright 2013 Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Track Name: Enough of These Stones
Enough of These Stones - words and music by Darrell Elmer Rodgers

verse:
I visited Veterans Cemetery today
Just a little walk on Memorial Day
Little flags fluttered above every grave
Looked so much like a garden I just had to say, hey

chorus:
Haven't we planted enough of these stones?
They go on forever in rows and rows
Isn't it time we brought all our young people home?
Haven't we planted enough of these stones?

verse:
A tiny girl helped mama put flowers in a vase
She'll never know her daddy's embrace
An old man was crying just a flood of tears
He's been here each Sunday for a dozen years

chorus:
Haven't we planted enough of these stones?
They go on forever in rows and rows
Isn't it time we brought all our young people home?
Haven't we planted enough of these stones?

bridge:
I want to sow seeds of hope
I want to grow trees of peace
I want to hear children laugh and sing
with a joy that will not cease

verse:
I walked the veterans cemetery today
Walking through memories on Memorial day
Now I want to plant flowers all along the way
Those rows of stones sure had something to say

chorus:
Haven't we planted enough of these stones?
They go on forever in rows and rows
Isn't it time we brought all our young people home?
Haven't we planted enough of these stones?
Haven't we planted enough of these stones?
Haven't we planted enough of these stones?

Copyright 2013 Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Track Name: Sacred Fire
Sacred Fire - by Darrell Elmer Rodgers

The sacred fire, burns in the heart, of everyone
It may be, just a spark, or a blazing sun
It holds the power, to unite every land
When the flame of action, makes it visible to man

You were called, and now you're chosen
To fulfill, God's own desire
Proclaim His Name, Be the Flame, of the Sacred Fire
Proclaim His Name, Be the Flame, of the Sacred Fire

When we arise, to serve, our fellow man
Guiding, the lovers, to God's sacred plan
The flame of action illuminates the earth
revealing, all, that we are worth

You were called, and now you're chosen
To fulfill, God's own desire
Proclaim His Name, Be the Flame, of the Sacred Fire
Proclaim His Name, Be the Flame, of the Sacred Fire
bridge
Feel, The sacred fire, burning in your heart
remember, just an ember, is all we need to start

You were called, and now you're chosen
To fulfill, God's own desire
Proclaim His Name, Be the Flame, of the Sacred Fire
Proclaim His Name, Be the Flame, of the Sacred Fire

Burn away the veils, dividing you and me
Find the shining treasure, called Unity

You were called, and now you're chosen
To fulfill, God's own desire
Proclaim His Name, Be the Flame, of the Sacred Fire
Proclaim His Name, Be the Flame, of the Sacred Fire

Copyright 2012 Darrell Elmer Rodgers