Once upon a time in Texas


THE DAY JOHN KENNEDY DIED

I dreamed I was the president of these United States
I dreamed I replaced ignorance, stupidity and hate
I dreamed the perfect union and a perfect law, undenied
And most of all I dreamed I forgot the day John Kennedy died

I dreamed that I could do the job that others hadn’t done
I dreamed that I was uncorrupt and fair to everyone
I dreamed I wasn’t gross or base, a criminal on the take
And most of all I dreamed I forgot the day John Kennedy died

Oh, the day John Kennedy died
Oh, the day John Kennedy died

I remember where I was that day, I was upstate in a bar
The team from the university was playing football on TV
Then the screen went dead and the announcer said,
“There’s been a tragedy
There’s are unconfirmed reports the president’s been shot
and he may be dead or dying.”

Talking stopped, someone shouted, “What!?”
I ran out to the street
People were gathered everywhere saying,
did you hear what they said on TV
And then a guy in a Porsche with his radio hit his horn
and told us the news
He said, “The president’s dead, he was shot twice in the head
in Dallas, and they don’t know by whom.”

I dreamed I was the president of these United States
I dreamed I was young and smart and it was not a waste
I dreamed that there was a point to life and to the human race
I dreamed that I could somehow comprehend that someone
shot him in the face

Oh, the day John Kennedy died
Oh, the day John Kennedy died
Oh, the day John Kennedy died
Oh, the day John Kennedy died

© Lou Reed

4 tanker om “Once upon a time in Texas”

  1. Sjovt nok står Mighty Joe Moon nu opført på TP’s hjemmeside som en del af deres udvalg. Til 169 kr! Er der overhovedet nogen der kan give en overbevisende grund til at købe plader til danske butikspriser mere? 🙂

  2. Uhhhh grant lee buffalos mighty joe moon, og så åbneren lone star song.
    Det er i sandhed noget af det ypperligste.
    Synd at denne suveræne toér altid har levet et liv i skyggen af fuzzy.
    med de resterende udgivelser er det mere acceptabelt omend de begge har fremrafende momenter.

    Tak for denne dejlige påmindelse, den må jeg høre resten af dagen.

    Den gang jeg arbejdede i tp-musik, solgte jeg fuzzy- cdén i dusinvis, man skulle bare sætte den og så klarede den resten, men Mighty joe moon måtte jeg ikke engang bestille hjem til butikken???? men det siger måske mest om tp.

    Var forresten så heldig at se gruppen på Roskilde 96, inden Bowie kom på. lad os bare sige at den oplevelse står knivskarpt, mens bowie er lidt forsvundet med tiden.

  3. Grant Lee Phillips kobler på ‘Lone Star Song’ Kennedy-mordet på Dealey Plaza i Dallas med social kritik, gammeltestamentelig retorik og Dommedags-kult med Texas umiskendeligt i skudlinjen. Overraskende nok er resultatet fantastisk i åbningsnummeret på Grant Lee Buffalo’s melodiske lille mesterværk ‘Mighty Joe Moon’ fra 1994..

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