Twittering Tales — Politically Incorrect

EF3017AE-8182-4D8C-B7CF-4935AD54C653“I’m glad that the company that made those little Valentine’s Day heart candies isn’t selling them this year,” Carol said.

“Why not? I liked them,” Donna said. “I thought they were sweet, both in sentiment and in taste.”

“They just aren’t appropriate in this day and age. #MeToo.”

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Written for Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales prompt. Photo credit: Skeeze on Also for Your Daily Word Prompt (sentiment.)

FYI, the New England Confectionery Company, or Necco, the company that made these candy hearts, known as “Sweethearts,” declared bankruptcy last year. Since then, the rights to Sweethearts were acquired by Spangler Candy Company last September. Because of the change, Sweethearts will not be sold for Valentine’s Day this year, but will be available again next year.

Song Lyric Sunday — Lights Go Out On Broadway

When Helen Vahdati chose “lights” as the theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt, I had to go with Billy Joel’s “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway).”

This song, written and originally recorded by Billy Joel, appeared as the final song on his Turnstiles album in 1976. Several of his live performances, including his very emotional performance at The Concert for New York City for victims of the September 11 attacks in 2001, have been recorded.

According to Joel, it’s a “science fiction song” about an apocalypse occurring in New York as a result of concerns that the city was failing in the 1970s. He explained that he wrote the song while living in Los Angeles in 1975, when New York City was on the verge of bankruptcy and the federal government declined to bail the city out.

Joel stated that the song is titled “Miami 2017” because many New Yorkers retire to Miami and the narrator is telling his grandchildren in the year 2017 about what he experienced in the destruction of New York.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

Seen the lights go out Broadway
I saw the Empire State laid low
And life went on beyond the Palisades
They all bought Cadillacs
And left there long ago

They held a concert out in Brooklyn
To watch the island bridges blow
They turned our power down
And drove us underground
But we went right on with the show

I’ve seen the lights go out on Broadway
I saw the ruins at my feet
You know we almost didn’t notice it
We’d seen it all the time on Forty second street

They burned the churches down in Harlem
Like in that Spanish civil war
The flames were everywhere
But no one really cared
It always burned up there before

I’ve seen the lights go out on Broadway
I saw the mighty skyline fall
The boats were waiting at the battery
The union went on strike
They never sailed at all

They sent a carrier out from Norfolk
And picked the Yankees up for free
They said that Queens could stay
And blew the Bronx away
And sank Manhattan out at sea

You know those lights were bright on Broadway
That was so many years ago
Before we all lived here in Florida
Before the Mafia took over Mexico
There are not many who remember
They say a handful still survive
To tell the world about
The way the lights went out
And keep the memory alive