The Baystate Objectivist

The Baystate Objectivist

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Two Pics

Of old Hamp.

Historian Robert Young recently sent me an email with a couple of his classic photos of the Northampton of yore.

Hi Tom,

I've sent two more circa 1900 Northampton photographs that I thought might be of interest. The first shows upper Main Street with the Northampton Center for the Arts and the Academy of Music on the right, while to the left across the street is the 19th century incarnation of the Edward's Church (demolished and replaced by the current A-frame structure in the 1950s).




The second image is a nice bird's-eye shot of the Smith College campus which, judging by the visible flowering trees and bushes, was probably taken in the spring.



Wishing you well...

Bob


Grace Slick once said that she wrote the following song to atone for White Rabbit.



Some people say
"Don't go away just stay right here"
Some say
"If you stay at home you're gonna wind up alone"
Now you know you can't go two different ways
you can't believe everything you hear
And if you always do just what you're told
then you've got no mind of your own

So if each man has a different plan
let 'em go let 'em go
You have a power all your own
There's a spirit child inside you
ready for life and I know
It's just waiting to see how you will grow
And when the spirit feels the need to wander let it go

Sometimes they say the only way is to really sing that song
Sometimes they say you're singing that way too loud and too long
And if they can't make up their minds
then I think I'll make up mine
Whatever way I feel is the only way I'm gonna sing that song

And if people don't seem to like it that's O.K. let 'em go
Some day they'll sing a song of their own
'Cause there's a spirit child inside them ready for life and I know
It's just waiting to see how they will grow

And when their spirit feels a need to wander I'm sure they'll go

Some people said
"Try this, it'll make you smile"
Some said
"Don't touch it, you'll end up crying"
Well it felt so good for a while
but then I saw too many dying
When all they wanted to do
was get a little higher

So if the game won't follow through
let it go let it go
And leave the loaded dice alone
'Cause there's a spirit child inside you
ready for life and I know
It's just waiting to see if you will grow

One too many
users lose it all
When there's no one-
no one to help them break the fall
People just like you who say
"Oh no that won't be me"
They end up face down-
is that where you wanted to be?

So if it's going to bring you trouble
let it go let it go
Remember that doesn't mean you'll be all alone
'Cause there's a spirit child inside you ready for life and I know

It's just waiting
to see
how you will grow.

1 comment:

joker said...

There are just over seven months until the election, an election that will decide the next President of the United States. The person elected will be the president of all Americans, not just the Democrats or the Republicans. To show our solidarity as Americans, let's all get together and show each other our support for the candidate of our choice. It's time that we all came together, Democrats and Republicans alike. If you support the policies and character of John McCain, please drive with your headlights on during the day. If you support Obama or Hillary, please drive with your headlights off at night.