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(originally launched into cyberspace on 04/18/2007)

Dear Subscriber,

Well, I hope this works. I can finally inflict some of my music
upon all of you. I'm making a ten-song album, most of which was
written in federal prison. I posted one song (in not-quite final
form) for you folks to hear, if you feel so inclined. First, go to
this web site:

(Wow, talk about a misnomer in my case. They didn't have a
"lookimpoor" site.)

I don't know if their servers will melt if lots of you try this at
once, and if you have technical questions... ask someone else. (If
this doesn't work, I'll find some other way that does.) Anyway, on
their web site, in the upper right, where it says "search string,"
put in "Larken Rose" and hit "search." (Spell my name correctly.)
On the page that comes up, click on my name, and on the next page
click on "AUDIO." There you'll see the song "Think" (in MP3
format), which you can listen to from there. There's also a link to
the lyrics, but I'll include them below, too. I hope you like it.


Larken Rose
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Not taught to think, not taught to judge,
Not meant to understand a thing.
Raised up to be just a battery
Powering someone else's machine.
They own you body and soul,
Though the truth you will not hear.
So hard to free the fool
From the chains that he reveres.

Not taught to think, not taught to judge,
Take pride instead in subservience.
What a strange belief, you put the lowest thief
Upon a pedestal, it makes no sense.
They dominate you and you call it law,
And proudly you obey.
You live your life by the code of the flock,
While humanity you betray.

But born as a human being, your only obligation is to do
Not what is commanded, not what is expected,
Not what is legal, not what is popular,
Not what is comfortable or what is praised,
But only what is right.

Not taught to think, not taught to judge,
You echo the slavespeak faithfully.
You worship the ones who hold you down,
Hate those who wish you to be free.
Love and adore exploiters and theives,
Take comfort in their bald-faced lies.
You call it thought when you blindly believe,
You wear your chains with pride

Taught not to think, taught not to judge,
You seek only the approval of your lords.
Always you've been a good citizen,
A drop in the sea of mindless hordes.
There's nothing noble in being a pawn,
In serving tyrants well.
You fuel their machine, you give them their power,
You pave the road to hell.

- ---------------< and here are a few related quotes >---------------

"Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expedience asks the
question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes a
time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor
politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right."
[Martin Luther King]

"Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions
which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most
people are not even capable of forming such opinions." [Albert

"The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into
freedom." [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as
for the right." [Henry David Thoreau]

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere."

"How fortunate for leaders that men do not think." [Adolf Hitler]

"Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies
have guns, why should we let them have ideas?" [Joseph Stalin]

"The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the
greatest liars; the men they detest most violently are those who
try to tell them the truth." [H. L. Mencken]