Just Like Them

Michael’s going to be the president.
Tommy wants to be a movie star.
Bobby’s going to be a scientist,
Jimmy’s going to race fast cars.


They got the world by the tail
and they’re never letting go.
Remember when we were just like them?
Life’s a breeze when you’re twelve years old.


Sherrie’s going to write rock songs,
Alice is going to be a nurse.
Suzy’s going to marry a millionaire,

live in a castle like the Hearsts.

They got their future on a tight leash,
and they are hanging on so strong.
Remember when we were just like them
and nothing could possibly go wrong?


Now Michael runs a drill press
down at the machinist shop.
And Tommy’s in jail because he shot a cop.
Sherrie’s waiting tables to feed three kids and an old man.
Suzy’s turning tricks for another drink, another line.


Jimmy’s pumping gas
and doing odd jobs on the side.
And Alice married Bobby
and they both committed suicide.
But they all had the world, once
and it bowed on bended knee.
But that was when the were twelve years old

instead of forty-three.


RC (not the cola) 1987

© 1987 Robert Carraher All rights reserved

About DirtyLowdown
I was born in Pomona, California at a very young age. I had a pretty normal childhood…or I was a pretty normal child hood if mom is telling the story. I was a paperboy who always porched , usually on the subscribers porch. I washed cars and bussed tables which left me with a life time affliction of chapped lips. I was a soda fountain jock-jerk and a manic mechanic but my first real job was as a labor organizer in a maternity ward. Then, because of the misjudgment of a judge I spent nearly 10 years in the service of our country mostly on KP duty. Our country sure turns out a lot of dirty dishes. I am a past master at pots and pans. They eventually recognized my real talent and let me wander around some very unfriendly places carrying a big radio that didn’t work. Along the way I took up the bass guitar, jotting down stories, electronic engineering and earned a degree in advanced criminal activities. I spent most of my adult life, if you can call it that, working in the I.T. industry, which I was particularly suited for since we worked in rooms with no windows. On and off I taught in colleges, universities and reform schools as a student teacher… I like smog, traffic, kinky people, car trouble, noisy neighbors, and crowded seedy bars where I have been known to quote Raymond Chandler as pickup lines. I have always been a voracious reader, everything from the classics, to popular fiction, history to science but I have a special place in my heart for crime fiction, especially hard-boiled detective fiction and noir. I write a book and music review blog for all genres at The Dirty Lowdown and another dedicated to Crime Fiction and all things Noir called Crimeways. It’s named after the magazine that appeared in the Kenneth Fearing classic, The Big Clock. There I write scholarly reviews of the classic hard boiled, noir and crime fiction books from the 20's through today. Mostly I drool over the salacious pictures on the covers. I also write for Technorati/BlogCritics where I am part of a sinister cabal of superior writers.

One Response to Just Like Them

  1. Steve says:

    Wow! I bow to you on this. Amazing poem/ lyrics. It moved me. nuff said.

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