I looked around just today
And all I could see
Was ageing hippies
Hung up still on yesterday.
I must to this, truly confess,
It was quite a shocking sight
For I saw in the mirror
The same thing last night.
Where did it all go
Is what I want to know?
For I recall those days so easily,
One could think in just a blink
that Woodstock was next week.
Carefree days they were at best,
Yet those times were filled
with injustice and social unrest.
For we set out in our own little way
To change the world and set it straight
We travel light, and shared our plate.
Filled with free love, sit ins and such,
Pass the pipe of peace bro,
For it was never a fuss.
Yet I looked around just today
And I really saw, what we became.
We are our parents at a later date.
With children to raise and bills to pay.
The establishment that we did distrust
Is the machine now that drives us.
is our remaining will
To change the world,
Yet this time
We do it not in strife
but from within.
For to change the heart,
One must change the mind.
J. Allen Wilson © 2003