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  • Steve Toth
    BLAMEWORTHY GENERATION There is an order of dervishes known as the malamati or blameworthy order who apparently discovered that some transformations occur best
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 26, 2013
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      BLAMEWORTHY GENERATION

      There is an order of dervishes
      known as the malamati
      or blameworthy order
      who apparently discovered that
      some transformations occur
      best in the friction of
      a critical atmosphere
      So they deliberately incur blame
      scorn & disgrace for the sake
      of being transformed

      I come from a blameworthy generation
      When we were in strollers
      everyone was smiling & bragging
      who spoke their first words when
      or took their first steps at what age
      but then there weren't enough schools
      so taxes went up to build each new one
      After years of watching World War II
      being re-fought on television
      we were ready for something different
      like expanding consciousness
      but we also expanded our use of excuses

      I come from a blameworthy generation
      What if they gave a revolution
      & nobody came?
      We talked about life as if it was a party
      but we didn't counter that much culture
      Our music rocked the radio
      but mostly we got blamed
      for everything from AIDS to madness
      Whatever went wrong it was our doing
      We didn't deny a thing
      Every politician ran against us
      All for the transformations to come

      I come from a blameworthy generation
      Once we feared growing old
      but now we're outgrowing that
      Let's embrace our role in history
      Grab ourselves a little breathing space
      & accept whatever comes our way
      as a token of love from the Beloved
      Here is a song that was never heard
      on the radio but for fifty years
      it's been playing off & on in my head

      I've heard it
      so many times
      do-wah
      it must be true
      it must be true

      I wish I could
      rock & roll
      do-wah
      a love like you
      a love like you

      Oh please dear
      don't say no
      cause now
      I really know
      I really know

      Why don't you sing it?
      Yeah why don't you sing it?
      while you're driving me
      driving me
      driving me wild

      Steve Toth
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