California Dreaming 20/20

Now all the streets are brown
(all the streets are brown)
And stained by human waste
(stained by human waste)
The stench round here’s so bad
(stench round here’s so bad)
I don’t want to smell or taste
(don’t want to smell or taste)
I know there’s got to be
(know there’s got to be)
Forty nine better states
(Forty nine better states)

California Dreaming
(California Dreaming)
I long to get away

The Waters full of crap,
so’s what comes from the tap.

I’d like to take a ride
(like to take a ride)
Or maybe take a stroll
(maybe take a stroll)
But it is hot outside
(it is hot outside)
Oh, where’s the poop patrol?
(where’s the poop patrol?)

I get down on my knees
(get down on my knees)
And I begin to pray
(I begin to pray)
It once was safe and warm
(once was safe and warm)
But that was yesterday
(that was yesterday)

California Dreaming
(California dreaming)
I’ve got to get away.

To Rise Above

To Rise Above

To rise above anger, hate and despair,
to sail unchained in the rarified air,
to stand your ground when no one cares,
to bravely go where no one dares,

to find your principles and hold them fast,
to remain self-true when you’re the last,
to say “enough” when you’ve had your fill,
to rise above is a matter of will.

Down here is unreason, pain and bad love,
they cannot bind when you rise above.
There is a difference between truth and lies,
to see what it is just open your eyes.

Many are mired in financial gain,
without great wealth their world is a pain.
Things besides cash can we have a wealth of,
and all can bring joy when we rise above.

To find your principles and hold them fast,
to remain self-true when you’re the last,
to say “enough” when you’ve had your fill,
to rise above is a matter of Will.

Copyright Scott Lineback