See The Light

by Fred Gillen Jr

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See The Light I stared into the sun I wound up in bed with an ache in my head I had to learn to look away and appreciate indirect illumination trying to see the light trying to see the light sometimes its so bright it hurts my eyes ever met someone who when they looked at you you felt you’d always known them? well maybe you had or maybe some things we just don’t understand trying to see the light trying to see the light sometimes its so bright it hurts my eyes all those years ago when I learned to look the other way I just could’t know the time would come for staring at the sun trying to see the light trying to see the light sometimes its so bright it hurts my eyes
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Going To The Supermarket going to the supermarket masked and anonymous stay at least six feet back or I’ll cough in your direction trying to find toilet paper looking for some alcohol running out of chocolate and coffee without coffee it will be a long haul without coffee I’ll bang my head against the wall going to the supermarket masked and anonymous stay at least six feet back or I’ll cough in your direction allergy time I can’t help sneezing in my mask giving me the stink eye as I try to find a deal life in these suburbs has always been surreal but now with our faces covered we’re seeing things for real going to the supermarket masked and anonymous stay at least six feet back or I’ll cough in your direction luxury problems are luxuries everybody loves to win there is enough to go around isn’t hoarding some kind of sin? what happened to united we stand? what happened to divided we fall? will we stick together or is it all for me and fuck you all? going to the supermarket masked and anonymous stay at least six feet back or I might have to kiss you
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Frogs 01:45
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Gen X 03:48
We were cold war kids but we weren’t prepared for this we thought we’d all go in a flash or be left behind on an empty planet my generation stuck in the middle forever we ain’t great but we’re not that bad we aren’t much of anything like a mark on a form, sign here generation X we don’t vote much but when we do we get a sticker watching scientists at Chernobyl in their gas masks and slickers is no different to us than watching politicians my generation stuck in the middle forever we ain’t great but we’re not that bad we aren’t much of anything like a mark on a form, sign here generation X please forgive us when we are forgotten the boomers took our thunder and left us only blame and the kids who follow to fix ours and their mistakes we never dreamed we’d have so much time my generation stuck in the middle forever we ain’t great but we’re not that bad we aren’t much of anything like a mark on a form, sign here generation X
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we shut it down before it left China one day like a miracle it will disappear everything will be fine, this is a pandemic I felt it was a pandemic before it was named Lies Lies Lies Yeah! Lies Lies Lies Yeah! Easter is a special day, wouldn’t it be great to have the churches full; everyone will be safe the experts blew it but I didn’t listen I closed the borders before it got bad Lies Lies Lies Yeah! Lies Lies Lies Yeah! our economy is biggest, the markets look great we’ll be open for business, at least before May I’ve done a great job, we have enough masks you don’t need ventilators so don’t even ask Lies Lies Lies Yeah! Lies Lies Lies Yeah! I am in charge, governors must obey they all get in line and do what I say people tune in- my ratings are great! we don’t do testing, that’s up to the states Lies Lies Lies Yeah! Lies Lies Lies Yeah! Lies Lies Lies Yeah! Lies Lies Lies Yeah! Lies Lies Lies Yeah!
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Stay Home 02:27
stay home we’re all in this together stay home don’t get anybody sick stay home we’re all in this together you can do what you want so don’t be a dick stay home you may be fine if you get it stay home yeah, I know you’re strong and fit stay home if you infect somebody’y grandma are you telling me that you can live with it? the reason we need government is because people are just jerks you say you want to be free and get back to work? then you’ve got to grow up and choose to take responsibility you’ve got to take one for the team that’s the real American dream. stay home we’re all in this together stay home don’t get anybody sick stay home we’re all in this together you can do what you want so don’t be a dick

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released May 14, 2020

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Fred Gillen Jr Peekskill, New York

NYFA grant recipient Fred Gillen Jr has released 9 full-length albums, and 5 ep’s, has toured all over the U.S. and Europe solo, and Nepal and India with Greenheart. His songs have been on ABC's "All My Children," NPR's "Car Talk," CMJ, and his version of Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home" was featured on "Pete Remembers Woody," a collection of Pete Seeger's spoken stories about Woody Guthrie. ... more

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