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SOTW #126 - Road of Good Intentions

 
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Dino



Joined: 06 Mar 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:41 pm    Post subject: SOTW #126 - Road of Good Intentions Reply with quote

Road of Good Intentions

There’s addition and subtraction
But division overall
Hope once in fluid motion
Has slowed behind a crawl

Oh the images are strong and
The words are pretty good
But there’s more fiction out of Washington
Than out of Hollywood

Chorus:
On the road of good intentions
All gets justified to hell
The price revealed in stories
Too short, too sad to tell

Is this permanent improvement?
Through abbreviated lives?
Or another tragic venture
Shocking when the bill arrives

By the rubble where the house was
There are markers in the dirt
Children with no need for freedom
They can no longer be hurt

Chorus

And the soldiers and their families
With life and limb they pay
While the ones who sent them marching
Get to dance the night away
I always come back to the soldiers
With their courage and ideals
I seem them smoking in the airport
There’s no telling how it feels

Chorus
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Temporary Rogue



Joined: 05 Mar 2007
Posts: 185
Location: Pacific Northwest

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An important song, and one of John's best. This one would fit well on "Temporary Road". It is sad that 16 years later, we seem to be stuck in a similar situation to the one that inspired much of that album's songs.
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between5and7



Joined: 12 Mar 2007
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Location: Wisconsin

PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the line that gets to me the most in this song is ‘While the ones who sent them marching, get to dance the night away’. It may not be a new idea, but it’s a strong one that always paints a disturbing picture in my head. Just doesn’t seem right. The line 'Or another tragic venture, shocking when the bill arrives' strikes a little harder now with Wall Street's problems and you and I footing the bill on another example of bad choices.


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