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

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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