Intermezzo #198

I was the third brother of five.
Doing whatever I had to do to survive.
I’m not saying what I did was alright.
Trying to break out of the ghetto was a day to day fight.
Been down so long, getting up didn’t cross my mind.
I knew there was a better way of life that I was just trying to find.
You don’t know what you’ll do until you’re put under pressure.
Across 110th Street is a hell of a tester.

Across 110th Street
Bobby Womack (1973)

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Intermezzo #197

Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea.
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honahlee.
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea.
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honahlee.
A dragon lives forever but not so little boys.
Painted wings and giant rings make way for other toys.
One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more.
And puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar.

Puff, the Magic Dragon
Peter, Paul and Mary (1963), Moving