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>> music - 9-11-01

music has been more important to me lately than ever before.  it's like a religion to me.  it is what i use to comfort me in tough times, it inspires me, it makes me think, it's an outlet.  so after the tragic times we have been living through lately, like a lot of people, i turned to music to deal.  certain songs were played over and over again in my car in the days following september 11.  ironically a few of them were on a CD i had been playing 2 days before the attacks on my road trip back from jersey.  the one song i have to recommend right now was actually my pick of the month last year during the olympics.  when i heard pearl jam perform it at my first pj concert in august of 2000, it became my mission to find out what song it was and get a copy of it.  it turned out to be "i am a patriot" and it definitely made me all patriotic.  this summer, on july 4th, it played in my mind as i sat on the charles river waiting for the fireworks to begin.  following up thoughts of this pj treasure with that "proud to be an american" song brought tears to my eyes.  it is just such a beautiful song, a love song but the subject is our country.  i highly recommend it, although some versions of it are not as good and i have no idea which version i have.  you can download the mp3 version if you are patient enough. i have included the lyrics below , along with some others that i have found pretty fitting lately... (these are all reprinted without permission.  sue me.)

but first... here is my latest feature.  you can directly visit any of my recommended cd purchases and buy them from CD Now online.  this week's pick is america: tribute to heroes.  it's the cd version of that telethon from a while back.  ya know, the one that was on EVERY station!  it rocks, i have ordered my advance copy, they go on sale december 4.  here are some of my recommended cd selections for this month.  if you don't like the selections here, just use the form below to search CDNow for other titles.

 

pearl jam bootleg - boston ma 8-00 - click for purchase infopearl jam:  live from boston 9-29-00
includes most of their big hits along with "i am a patriot," a moving tribute to one's homeland.  this was my first pj concert ever and yes this was the one i missed part of due to drunk vomiting morons.

 

tribute to heroes - click for purchase infoamerica: tribute to heroes
proceeds go to help 9-11 funds
telethon website

 


past picks:

   

afroman - click for purchase infoafroman: because i got high
high-larious.

 

staind - click for purchase infostaind: break the cycle, dysfunction
powerful stuff.  some of it has been overplayed but hey, it's good, what can ya do.  if you liked the overplayed i promise you'll like the rest.  if you want the overplayed ones, they're on break the cycle.
 

pearl jam - click for more information and purchase infopearl jam: full product listing
still probably my favorite band ever.  so many different styles, they just keep reinventing themselves.  of course most people are familiar with their earlier stuff from the early 90s, but some of their later work has been pretty exciting too.  some weird stuff in the middle. just don't ask me to pick a favorite song.  i've got hundreds and still i'm only about a third of the way through all the stuff they have recorded!  check out their fanclub at
tenclub.net.

 

foo fighters - click for purchase infofoo fighters: full product listing
grunge band featuring dave grohl, former nirvana drummer and all-around hottie.  did ya see him on late-nite?  he's funny too!

     

more coming soon...

search cd now for other music:

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lyrics


i am a patriot - pearl jam
and the rivers shall open for the righteous, someday...
i was walking, with my brother, and he wondered how i am
i said what i believe in my soul ain't what i see with my eyes
and there's no turning back this time
i am a patriot, i love my country, because my country is all i know
i wanna be with my family, people who understand me
i got no place else to go...
i was walking, with my girlfriend
she looked so fine, i said baby what's on your mind
she said i want to run like the lions released from their cages
released from the rages burning in my soul tonight...
i am a patriot, i love my country, because my country is all i know
and i ain't no communist, and i ain't no socialist
and i ain't no capitalist, and i ain't no imperialist
and i ain't no democrat, sure ain't no republican either
i only know one party, and that is freedom..  i am, i am, i am...
i am a patriot, and i love my country
because my country is all i know
and the rivers shall open for the righteous, someday...
 


hero - foo fighters
too alarming now to talk about
take your pictures down and shake it out
truth or consequence, say it a loud
years and evidence racing around
there goes my hero, watch him as he goes
there goes my hero, he's ordinary
don't the best of them bleed it out
while the rest of them peter out
truth or consequence, say it aloud
years and evidence, racing around
there goes my hero, watch him as he goes
there goes my hero, he's ordinary
kudos my hero, leaving all the best
you know my hero, the one that's ordinary...
there goes my hero, watch him as he goes
there goes my hero, he's ordinary


 


superman - five for fighting
i can't stand to fly, i'm not that naive
i'm just out to find,the better part of me
i'm more than a bird...more than a plane
more than some pretty face beside a train
it's not easy to be me
wish that I could cry, fall upon my knees
find a way to lie about a home I'll never see
it may sound absurd...but don't be naive
even Heroes have the right to bleed
i may be disturbed...but won't you conceed
even Heroes have the right to dream
it's not easy to be me
up, up and away...away from me well it's all right...
you can all sleep sound tonight, i'm not crazy...or anything...
i can't stand to fly, i'm not that naive
men weren't meant to ride with clouds between their knees
i'm only a man in a silly red sheet
digging for kryptonite on this one-way street
only a man in a funny red sheet
looking for special things inside of me
it's not easy to be me.
 


one - creed
affirmative may be justified, take from one give to another
the goal is to be unified, take my hand, be my brother
the payment silenced the masses sanctified by oppression
unity took a back seat sliding further in regression
one... oh, one... .the only way is one
i feel angry, i feel helpless, want to change the world
i feel violent, i feel alone, don't try to change my mind
society blind by color, why hold down one to raise another
discrimination now on both sides, seeds of hate blossom further
the world is heading for a mutiny, when all we want is unity
we may rise and fall, but in the end, we'll meet our fate together
one... oh, one... .the only way is one
i feel angry, i feel helpless, want to change the world
i feel violent, i feel alone, don't try to change my mind


proud to be an american - lee greenwood
(yes it's cheesy and played out but i admit i still love it)
if tomorrow all the things were gone i'd worked for all my life, and I had to start again with just my children and my wife
 i'd thank my lucky stars to be living here today, 'cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can't take that away
and i'm proud to be an American where at least i know i'm free, and I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me
and i'll gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today, 'cause there ain't no doubt I love this land, god bless the U.S.A.
from the lakes of minnesota to the hills of tennessee, across the plains of texas, from sea to shining sea
from detroit down to houston and new york to l.a., there's pride in every American heart and it's time we stand and say:
i'm proud to be an American where at least i know i'm free, and i won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me
and i'll gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today, 'cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God Bless the U.S.A.


 

parental advisory:  explicit lyricsi will have more info up on here soon, including a list of my favorite songs and bands.  please note:  a lot of the stuff i reference here contains strong language, so if you are under 18, well hey what can i do about it, hopefully you won't repeat what you hear when your parents are around!

 

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