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Boomer Life Rules: Skynyrd & Bieber


How many times have you heard Europeans talk down to America about culture?

They make it sound like we have none.

To drive the point further, when you hear a distinct English voice on tv or radio, whatever they’re talking about seems more important, doesn’t it?

This must end.

The first step is re-defining American culture. Boomerpdx takes the lead beginning with workable rules for new living hidden in popular music.

Lynyrd Skynyrd laid out a way of life that Baby Boomers embrace.

You should to.



from Simple Man:

Oh, take your time don’t live too fast
Troubles will come and they will pass
Go find a woman you’ll find love
And don’t forget son there is someone up above

(Good parents are patient, but it’s important kids understand, like America continues to learn, that fast living with fast partners has consequences. Help by tending to your spiritual life and saying your prayers every day.)


from Gimme Three Steps

I was cutting a rug
Down at a place called Jug
With a girl named Linda Lu
When in walked a man
With a gun in his hand
And he was looking for you know who

He said, “Hey fat fellow
With the hair colored yellow
Watcha tryin’ to prove?
‘Cause that’s my woman there
And I’m a man who cares
And this might be all for you.”

(Good times last until they turn bad, and none are worse than meeting your date’s boyfriend after he’s seen you dance with his woman. American partnerships around the world are often threatened, too. For safety’s sake, stick to ballroom styles on the first date instead of the usual snake-charmer moves and call it a dance lesson.)


from Saturday Night Special:

Oh, it’s the Saturday night special
Hand guns are made for killin’
They ain’t no good for nothin’ else
And if you like to drink your whiskey
You might even shoot yourself

(America knows how to handle guns, and mishandle them. We know what they’re for and what they aren’t for. We’re trusted to arm ourselves like a third world dictator and do the right thing. It doesn’t always work out that way.)


from Sweet Home Alabama:

In Birmingham they love the governor 
Now we all did what we could do 
Now Watergate does not bother me 
Does your conscience bother you? 
Tell the truth

(Martin Luther King did what he could do and changed America for the better. It wasn’t about banking, money, or status. It was about America living up to its promise.)


from The Ballad Of Curtis Loew:

Play me a song
Curtis Loew, Curtis Loew
Well, I got your drinkin’ money
Tune up your Dobro
People said he was useless
Them people all were fools
‘Cause Curtis Loew was the finest picker
To ever play the blues

(Judgment is harsh from strangers. They see a broken down drunk instead of an accomplished musician, the same as one nation might seem backward and isn’t. If you walk your life down the middle of the road, know which side to jump to if you need to jump. And you will.)


from Free Bird:

But, if I stayed here with you, girl
Things just couldn’t be the same
‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now
And this bird, you can not change

(America is a nation on the move. It was founded by movers and been moving ever since. Count on America to keep moving. Learn to move with it.)

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Justin Bieber matches the cultural intensity of Lynyrd Skynyrd after a new look at his lyrics.

From now on his street cred will never be questioned.

He can still look like a cross between the young Jodie Foster and younger Leonardo DiCaprio and raise the level of American culture.

We need to accept Justin Bieber as the face of America.

His lyrics read like the U.S. Constitution.

For example:


from As Long As You Love Me:

As long as you love me
We could be starving, we could be homeless, we could be broke
As long as you love me

(That means favorable trade agreements, roll-over no-bid contracts with specific companies, and a full weapons load in the pipeline.)


from Boyfriend:

Girlfriend, girlfriend, you could be my girlfriend
You could be my girlfriend until the w-w-world ends
Make you dance do a spin and a twirl and
 Voice goin crazy on this hook like a whirlwind

(In the turmoil of world government, America keeps a hand in surprising places. Let’s hope Justin works “an enemy of my enemy is a friend” into a song this year for better understanding.)


from Baby:

Oh, for you I would have done whatever
And I just can’t believe we ain’t together
And I wanna play it cool, but I’m losin’ you
I’ll buy you anything, I’ll buy you any ring

(America knows how to make friends and keep friends. Give them what they need so America gets what we need. Keep it simple)


from One Time:

When I met you girl my heart went knock knock
Now them butterflies in my stomach won’t stop stop
And even though it’s a struggle love is all we got
And we gon’ keep keep climbing to the mountain top

(George Clooney, Oprah, and the United Nations monitor troubled spots around the globe. With their help, other’s pitch in. With their focus, trouble spots regain stability, and the news looks for other stories.)


from Mistletoe:

I don’t wanna miss out on the holiday,
But I can’t stop staring at your face,
I should be playing in the winter snow,
But I’mma be under the mistletoe.

(The American promise used to be a cuddle for “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Except breathing free isn’t enough anymore. Now the masses want smarts phones and sixty inch television sets on their walls. Or they’re upset. Listen, if Justin Bieber is willing to skip playing in the snow to stand under the mistletoe, then so can you. In the near future let’s hope he works, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” into a song.)

With careful reading between the lines of popular songs and groups, it’s easy to contrast American culture with any in the world and feel like a winner.

Give it a try?










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