It’s a Beautiful Thing on the Fourth

Happy 4th of July to all of you in the U.S. today! It’s a rainy, dark day in my corner of the universe, which makes me perversely happy. The perfect kind of day to burrow in and read and write.

But in a nod to the holiday, I’ll offer up a song from one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Slaid Cleaves. More people really do need to know about this guy! This song, “Beautiful Thing,” is an indictment of my country’s passivity and naivete, yet also a celebration that at heart we are a kind and generous people who tend to believe the best of others. It’s the yin and yang of being an American these days, I think. The lyrics can be found below the video. Just a lil something to think about on a rainy July 4.

Beautiful Thing, by Slaid Cleaves
Surrogates and shadowy henchmen galore
Party hacks and swift-boatin’ talk-show whores
Look at all the lies it takes, the job of making kings
You can own the truth, you just gotta conceive it
Put it on the television screen, they’ll believe it
It’s a beautiful thing
We wonder how our leaders could ever deceive us
While the profiteers count their cash and praise Jesus
The press sings another chorus of “Let Freedom Ring”
We send our boys away to come home in parts
Believe the lies with all our hearts
It’s a beautiful thing
Dissention is a song only fools and traitors sing
Just look at all the benefits your global economy brings
Today we sing the gilded age’s song
The 20th century’s dead and gone
It’s a beautiful thing
I live in a land of hope and betrayal
I get up each morning, try to tell the tale
And so until my dying day whatever fate may bring
A dark age looms, there’s evil at hand
Somehow I still believe in the goodness of man
It’s a beautiful thing
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

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