Tuesday, November 13, 2012

TFT: The Pretenders


Not every song that will be featured here will be what is generally considered as being “Christian” in the eyes of this world.  For some will be anguished cries from the pit of despair, and others will be quite obviously fervent rants of rebellion.  Nonetheless, be assured that they will all be of our Heavenly Father (in one way or another) and I hope that you have been given ears to hear the message.


My City Was Gone (Ohio)
The Pretenders
All right Diane
This is a song I wrote about
Mt beautiful hometown
Akron
Ohio
Let’s hear it for Akron

I went back to Ohio
But my city was gone
There was no train station
There was no downtown
Southtown it had disappeared
All my favorite places
My city had been pulled down
Reduced to parking spaces

Hey
Oh
Where did you go
Ohio

I went back to Ohio
But my family was gone
I stood on the back porch
There was nobody home
I was stunned and amazed
My childhood memories
Saw this world past
Like the wind through the trees

I Said
Hey
Oh
Where did you go
Ohio

I went back to Ohio
But my pretty countryside
Had been paved down the middle
By a government that had no pride
The farms of Ohio
Had been replaced by shopping malls
And Muzak filled the air
From Seneca to Cuyahoga Falls

I Said
Hey
Oh
Where did you go
Ohio

Where did you go
Ohio


Back On The Chain Gang
The Pretenders
I found a picture of you
Oh oh oh oh
What hijacked my world that night
To a place in the past
We've been cast out of
Oh oh oh oh
Now we're back in the fight

We're back on the train
Yeah
Oh
Back on the chain gang

A circumstance beyond our control
Oh oh oh oh
The phone
The TV
And the News of the World
Got in the house like a pigeon from Hell
Oh oh oh oh
Threw sand in our eyes
And descended like flies

Put us back on the train
Yeah
Oh
Back on the chain gang

The powers that be
That force us to live like we do
Bring me to my knees
When I see what they've done to you
But I'll die as I stand here today
Knowing that deep in my heart
They'll fall to ruin one day
For making us part

I found a picture of you
Oh oh oh oh
Those were the happiest days of my life
Like a break in the battle
Was your part
Oh oh oh oh
In the wretched life of a lonely heart

Now we're back on the train
Yeah
Oh
Back on the chain gang

Lyrics From: [elyrics.net]

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4 comments:

Karen S. said...

Some songs are just timeless! I just heard a song yesterday that was written for Amy Winehouse- a sad story/ending for that beautiful lost too soon artist.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Sandy!!! I looked high and low for a video for "My City Was Gone" that I had seen a couple of years ago, which included actual pictures of how run-down Akron had become, but I failed to find it. Of course, I had always known the song to be "Ohio," the not-so-welcome opening to the Rush Limbaugh show. No, Chrissie and the rest of The Pretenders were not happy with him using it.

Janet Gardner said...

I almost forgot about this group, thanks for reminding me, they are good!
Janet :)

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Janet!!! They had several songs that I really like.