Reblog: A Stranger In My Own Country

Jill seems to be able to peer inside my head and to express in a much more articulate way than I ver could, how I’m feeling. She did it again today with this post, which I have decided to reblog and share with this if you who may not be following her blog. If you are beginning to feel like a stranger in a strange land, please take a moment to read her post.

Y’know … lately I’ve begun to feel very much a persona non grata in the nation I was born in and have lived in for all of my 70 years.  Why?  …

A Stranger In My Own Country

Jill’s post also reminded me of a Leon Russell classic song, “Stranger in a Strange Land,” which I’ve included below.

How many days has it been
Since I was born
How many days until I die
Do I know any ways
That I can make you laugh
Or do I only know how to make you cry

When the baby looks around him
It's such a sight to see
He shares a simple secret
With the wise man

He's a stranger in a strange land
Just a stranger in a strange land
Tell me why
He's a stranger in a strange land
Just a stranger in a strange land

How many miles will it take
To see the sun
And how many years until it's done
Kiss my confusion away in the night
Lay by side when the morning comes

And the baby looks around him
And shares his bed of hay
With the burrow in the palace of the king

He's a stranger in a strange land
Tell me why
He's a stranger in a strange land
Just a stranger in a strange land

Well, I don't exactly know
What's going on in the world today
Don't know what there is to say
About the way the people are treating
Each other, not like brothers

Leaders take us far away from ecology
With mythology and astrology
Has got some words to say
About the way we live today
Why can't we learn to love each other
It's time to turn a new face
To the whole world wide human race

Stop the money chase
Lay back, relax
Get back on the human track
Stop racing toward oblivion
Oh, such a sad, sad state we're in
And that's a thing

Do you recognize the bells of truth
When you hear them ring
Won't you stop and listen
To the children sing
Won't you come on and sing it children

He's a stranger in a strange land
Just a stranger in a strange land

14 thoughts on “Reblog: A Stranger In My Own Country

  1. rugby843 March 17, 2022 / 8:35 am

    Glad you reblog fed👍🏻💚

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • Marleen March 17, 2022 / 8:40 am

      💚

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  2. Marleen March 17, 2022 / 8:41 am

    Good sentiment to share. Good song, too!

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    • Marleen March 17, 2022 / 9:03 am

      One thing… I think most people aren’t aware of: the “free trade” agreement wagon was pushed by conservative Republicans for a long while, and then got pushed through by other conservatives — Democrats (with Bill Clinton). This is similar to Bill’s administration getting rid of Glass-Steagall legislation’s safeguard (from the days of FDR who was like the devil to the conservatives who tried to indoctrinate me as I learned well), the loss of which is one of our major downfalls.

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong March 17, 2022 / 10:16 am

    Well said although I’m not sure what to draw from this. Is there somewhere else to be? Is there another place to go? Another land that will have us where all things are good and righteous? Let me know if you hear about such a place.

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  4. Marleen March 17, 2022 / 12:25 pm

    As Facebook changes its policy … a further example of the double standards of censorship …

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    • Marleen March 17, 2022 / 12:47 pm

      Can the news be fixed? An interview … {full interview on 🍏 tv+}

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  5. Richmond Road March 17, 2022 / 2:29 pm

    Might I commend to you ‘A Man Without a Country’ by Kurt Vonnegut? Marilyn’s point is a good one, though …. where else can one go? Bits of Scandinavia seem attractive.
    But perhaps it is time to move away from the concept of country altogether and acknowledge that we are all in this together. Whenever I see somebody waving a national flag I see trouble.

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    • Fandango March 17, 2022 / 2:38 pm

      I can’t disagree. Nationalism in moderation (i.e., pride in one’s country) is fine. But it seems to be being pushed to the extremes these days. Like everything else.

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      • Richmond Road March 17, 2022 / 3:42 pm

        Certainly there seems to be a bit more flag waving going on in this country, which disturbs me. The only value I can see in borders is a good means of delineation when it comes to arranging international sporting events – beyond that it leads mostly to ignorance and arrogance.
        Most people believe that their own country is the best place to live on the planet. Americans, it seems to me, are, in part, under the illusion that EVERYBODY thinks America is the best place on the planet to live. This impressive, but slightly delusional, sense of national pride tends to make them both the very worst of tourists (though Australians can be fairly terrible too) and the very best of hosts.

        (this is a very general observation, to be sure, and not intended to offend)

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        • Fandango March 17, 2022 / 10:57 pm

          No offense taken.

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  6. jilldennison March 17, 2022 / 3:40 pm

    Many thanks for the mention and the link to my post, Fandango! I appreciate it!

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  7. Carol anne March 17, 2022 / 10:42 pm

    A great reblog here! I read her post. I am glad you reblogged it!

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