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TO BE FINE
You shattered the illusion of inclusion overnight
You got the complexion for protection
Yeah I’m touchy - pass the Dutchy
Stars and bars adorn your cars
Hey Bubba, do you miss the past
There’s a noose loose in your caboose - how did it get there
You say I don’t know
It’s going to take a long time
For us to be fine
It’s going to take a mighty leap
And the mountain is steep
What did you think was so great
The strange fruit or the hate
Is it the Trail of Tears
That’s got you crying in your beer
What are you so proud of boys
Is it the guns or the toys
Stop making sense
Yeah hang Mister Pence
You say that’s not who I am
You don’t understand, well prove it
(And it don’t look good)
You say “you don’t see race when you look at my face”.
But that’s a lie, a lie, a big white lie
Oh it’s gonna take a long time
John Drumbo French from Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band worked with Thompson on two albums along with Fred Frith and Henry Kaiser.
Those two French, Frith, Kaiser and Thompson albums led me to this.
Also, Richard Thompson taught Hugh Cornwell (of The Stranglers) how to play the bass guitar in a band when they were both at the same school (Emil and The Detectives?).
With a career spanning 50 years and playing with two of my heroes (French and Cornwell) Thompson has produced a fascinating EP.