The United States of Generica/Goin Down the Road...

from American Storyteller Volumes 1 & 2

The United States of Generica
Chris Chandler and Phil Rockstroh

I seen Jack Kerouac
in the back
parking lot of a stop and go.

He was pouring wild turkey
in a Slurpee
sittin on the hood of a Yugo.

We went on the road on a changless scene,
headlights rolled past my eyes like the rolling flash of a Xerox Machine.

Have we all gone blind
from polysterene signs?
Endless repitition of  strip mall situations,
fast food attitudes
and telemarketing platitudes?

What have they done to my road?
What have they done to my America?
The interstate made The United States
The United States of Generica.

I seen Walt Whitmann, and Woody Guthrie
on the front seat of a '74 Camero.
The were goin down the road feelin bad - from bad burgers,
orderin food from a drive through window.

With Holy sincronicity, and the luck of a tramp
we found our selves on the same off ramp
We ran
our Caravan
into the parking lot of a Piggly Wiggly.

We all stared in awe at a postage stamp of Elvis.

We all believed
that he was the king
and agreed
that poetry
has got no time for monarchy.

I heard a street corner poet say, "Rock and Roll was once a threat,
but these days, Rock And Roll is a Time Life Anthology.

Rock and Roll will live for ever, Jack.
It lives on in the form of Muzak.
That's why I am shopping for eternity.

Walt Whitman went wild
on the Pharmisotical isle it was number 21
He did depart
with a shopping cart
full of multi colored condoms
as he said,  "I sing the body electric,
but I do it safely."

William Blake hitch hiking on old route 66,
I said is it better out there in the sticks
where there is not  a sign of a K Mart?
Did Ma and Pa sell the family store are the now employed at the Wall Mart?
He said, "Don't dispar,
there is poetry everywhere."
we flipped on the windows and clicked on the air
and told storys about hitch hiking quoting Boudlear.
Who said, 'If your gonna get drunk ...
stay drunk...
   ...on wine on virtue...
... on poetry."

William Blake once said,
"I had an ephinay looking in a singlel grain of sand."
We could all see eternity in a single grain...
        ...of Neutra sweet.

So I'm goin down the road feelin' bad.
but Woody Guthrie, like you taught me, I ain't gonna be treated this a-way.

updated: 4 years ago