This Road Of Music
By Alan Rhody

I'd like to say just a few words about the Billy Ray Cyrus phenomenon if I may. "Go get 'em Billy and more power to you." I think the critics and others with so many negative comments about "Achy Breaky Heart" and the huge success it has brought are suffering from spells of jealousy and the like. I also think it speaks highly of Harold Shedd at PolyGlam Records for taking another risk on someone like he did with K.T. Oslin and The Kentucky HeadHunters. In all three cases, these acts were considered very risky and they all paid off big time. Congratulations, Harold and staff!

I've also been watching the campaign craziness begin in the upcoming presidential election. In order to keep my promise about not getting political in this column and keep the subject matter musical, I'd like to just leave all you potential voters with a song lyric my friend Don Henry and I wrote at couple of years ago.

From A Real Good Home

He is hustling gullible clients

and back-sliding friends

He talks like as king dethroned

He looks like an orphan

that the city spit out

But he comes from a real good home

She dangles like a diamond

'round a gangster's neck

She smiles like a well unknown

She leads a life that would

scare you to death

But she comes from a real good home


They were born in the house of milk and honey

A fifty story building

under freedom's dome

They vandalize the dream

with a greed machine

But they come from a real good home

The tenement walls are weeping

and leaking from the tears

where the storms of corruption have blown

Trapped in the grasp

of famine and fear

But they come from a real good home

While some tycoon

sits stuffing his gut

Dealing products of death

on the phone

Feeding a monster that's eating the world

But he comes from a real good home

Now the happy hour waitress tallied up my tab

Her miscalculation was unknown

I didn't feel a thing as I pocketed the change

But I come from a real good home

We were born in the house of milk and honey

a fifty story building under freedom's dome

We vandalize the dream with a greed machine

But we come from a real good home

Cross Keys Publishing Inc. / Headless Horseman Music.

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P.S. See you all at The Rudyard Kipling on Saturday, August 29.