Day 46

Day 46 – Total confirmed cases in US: 1,042,874

Like most people, I have found a little extra time to catch up on neglected projects during the quarantine. One of mine is going through old cassettes of original music and digitizing some of them. I came across a song called “Good Good People,” recorded with my first band Racy Dates, that seems depressingly relevant today.

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Racy Dates (L-R): Sal, Nancy, Sharon, Matt, Mike (not shown: Nik Winters)

The recording, and the photos of the band on the video, are from 1988. It was recorded at the late, great Giant Studio on 14th Street. The pictures were taken on the rooftop of our apartment at 203 Bleecker Street, with views of the Empire State Building to the north and, to the south, the also late, great Twin Towers.

I bought my boy a gun today
I bought my girl a doll
We’re living in the USA
Right before the fall

The smell of blood is in the air
The clouds are gray at dawn
The hills are filling with despair
The days of love are gone

I said we’re going to die today
I said it won’t be long
I gave our children’s lives away
Can someone prove me wrong?

We’re good, good people
In a bad, bad time
We’re good, good people
You take yours, I just want what’s mine

I quit my job the other day
Ain’t going back no more
Too many things for me to pay
Nothing to pay it for

I said we’re going to die today
I said it won’t be long
I gave our children’s lives away
Can someone prove me wrong?

We’re good, good people
In a bad, bad time
We’re good, good people
You take yours, I just want what’s mine

Now we’re going to put our bombs
In outer space
While we’re waiting out the tail end
Of the human race

Published by mikepowernyc

New album "Observations" available now. A veteran of NYC’s underground music scene, Mike Power played on the stages of such beloved lost venues as CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, as well as stalwart surviving ones like Arlene’s Grocery and the Bitter End as singer/songwriter/bassist with Late Model Humans. In 2020, quarantining from the global pandemic he worked remotely with other artists to record a collection of new music called Observations, that infuses his punk roots with introspective acoustic pieces.

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