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A place to share some words of beauty, inspiration, and life. Today’s lyrics pay homage to author Jack Kerouac, whose book On the Road introduced America to the Beat Generation. The book talks of road trips across America, freedom, jazz, women and drugs.  The writings of Kerouac inspired a new generation of writers and musicians. Click on the name of the piece to get a video or more information.

I speculate and browse the Duraflame
Winter in the west coast cool
Out by the sea where no one knows my name
I’m on the road like Jack, Jack Kerouac
Like Jack, Jack Kerouac
Like Jack, Jack Kerouac
Like Jack, Jack Kerouac

– Jack Kerouac Singer and writer: Brooke Fraser

Jack Kerouac took old Highway 6
Traveled across the great divide
Wrote books and poems as he rambled
Confessions that he couldn’t hide
Desolation angels dancing on the road
Like a subterranean jazz club that never had to close
Vanity and visions in a blues haiku
Left me howling the bohemian cowboy blues

Inspired a whole beat generation
To put their thumbs out in the wind
Took that long long road less traveled
Again and again

– Bohemian Cowboy Blues Singer and writer Jimmy Lavave

Hey Jack, now for the tricky part
When you are the brightest star who were the shadows
Of he San Fancisco beat boys who were the favorite
Nows they sit and rattle their bones and think of their blood stoned days
You chose your words from mouths of babies got lost in the wood
The hip flask slinging madman, steaming cafe flirts,
Nights in Chinatown howling at night

Allen baby, why so jaded
Have the boys all grown up and their beauty faded
Billy, what a saint they made you
Just like Mary down in Mexico on All Souls’ Day

– Hey Jack Kerouac Singer:Natalie Merchant; Group: 10,000 Maniacs; Writers: Robert Buck & Natalie Merchant