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between5and7



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:46 pm    Post subject: So Dark You See - Ignorance And Privilege Reply with quote

I was born to ignorance, yes, and lesser poverties
I was born to privilege that I did not see
Lack of pigment in my skin, won a free and easy in
I didn’t know it, but my way was paved

I grew up a Catholic boy, in a northeastern state
A place when asked ‘Where you from’, some people tend to hesitate
Reply a little late, as if maybe you didn’t rate
I was born to privilege and ignorance.

My dad ran a printing press, a tag and label factory
I may have seen it as a child, now a distant memory
Almost too faint to see, dark red brick factory
I didn’t know it but my way was paved

We moved from a city street, shortly after I arrived
To a house on a gravel road, where I learned to be alive
Crawl, walk, run and ride, that’s where I learned to come alive
I didn’t know it, but my way was paved

If the wind is at your back and you never turn around
You may never know the wind is there
You may never hear the sound

Got to grow and go to school, work at home and dream at night
Even be a college fool, like I had any right
Never went through a war, never Great Depression poor
I didn’t know it, but my way was paved

Nose to the grindstone, shoulder to the wheel
Back against the wall, maybe you know how it feels

If the wind is at your back and you never turn around
You may never know the wind is there
You may never hear the sound

I was born to ignorance, yes, and lesser poverties
I was born to privilege that I did not see
Lack of pigment in my skin, won a free and easy in
I didn’t know it but my way was paved
I was born to ignorance and privilege.
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between5and7



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought I would let someone else be the first reviewer on this one, so here is one I came across on the internet by Richard Elliot from PopMatters:
‘…destined to be the Gorka song that fans will remember most from this album. “Destined” is an appropriate word given the song’s subject matter of fate. Gorka delivers the lyric from the point of view of a privileged middle class white man whose “way was paved” due to his comfortable background. Like Loudon Wainwright’s “Westchester County”, the song resists smugness by offering an honesty that is all too often lacking in contemporary folk singers. The first-person story of origins that grounds so many singer-songwriter texts and sets the grounds on which authenticity is projected prefers to speak of poverty and hardship, or, if it can’t summon these key indexes, the lessons learned on the hard road of experience. Wainwright mocks this by setting his confessional in the comfort of the suburbs: “I was raised here in Westchester County / Tennis courts, golf courses galore”. Gorka plays it more seriously, finding intellectual poverty amidst material wealth: “I was born to ignorance and privilege”. The music, meanwhile builds up with the narrative, only to be resolved in a suitably inevitable fashion…’

OK, I’ll agree with Richard on this being a memorable song, and that it’s honesty connects with me. I often remind myself that of all the situations to have been born into in this world, the one I got wasn’t too bad. It’s led to a good life, a middle class American white man’s life. You won’t hear me complaining too loud, so far. Like the lines about never knowing the wind is at your back, never hearing the sound. True about many things in life, not realizing the people who’ve helped you along, helped pave your way.
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Temporary Rogue



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great song - perhaps my favorite on the album. Guess I can really relate to it myself being a middled aged white guy. Did not grow up rich by any means, but always felt I had it good. It is true the things you took for granted in your youth you tend to appreciate more later in life, at least I find that to be the case.
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mozart



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This song was named by Folk Alley as one of the top ten of 2009.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121227086

The final version of this song is a little different than some of his first trials in concert:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO1XP7tIeKM&feature=related

Interesting to see how he focused the song later on.
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between5and7



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link, Mozart. It's good to see him get some recognition.
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