Good Times Is Bad Times (For The Blues)

from by Thaddeus Spae

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The unemployment line’s so short
you feel a vague suspicion
good times is bad times for the blues
the clerks are always so polite
with gobs of job positions
good times is bad times for the blues
they tell you things are looking up
they freshen up your coffee cup
and then they send you out
for interviews
you get a job and break your back
And then you get to pay your taxes
good times is bad times for the blues

The ladies have their pick
of all the wealthy men around them
good times is bad times for the blues
they look at you and wait
for your abundance to astound them
good times is bad times for the blues
they laugh at all your tales of woe
and then they tell you where to go
with hints about which highway
you should use
but talk about your bank amount
they’ll smile n sigh and help you count it
good times is bad times for the blues

And ain’t it strange
how times have changed
You hear it every day
cause all them sins
you wallowed in
got swallowed in
have all been washed away

They give away so many clothes
you think you’re gonna swelter
good times is bad times for the blues
you try to sleep beneath a bridge
they’ll drag you to a shelter
good times is bad times for the blues
they nurse your wounds
and cure your jones
and give you food and cheap cell phones
and set you up with public housing too
and if you don’t watch out some fool’ll
try to put you back in school
Good times is bad times for the blues

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from You And What Army?, released May 25, 2015

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Thaddeus Spae Seattle, Washington

A 40-year veteran of the Folk Wars, Thaddeus Spae has played venues from Tipitina's to the EMP. He's an award-winning songwriter whose works range from quirky to literate, guardedly sentimental to outraged and sarcastic, performed on a panoply of instruments acoustic and electric, in a profligate variety of styles encompassing folk, hard rock, jazz, blues, electronic and more. Website: tspae.com. ... more

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