Saturday, January 10, 2015

By request, 'Everybody Knows'

I concluded A conversation with Kunstler and his readers on militarized police with a footnote about my response to Kunstler's essay Ferguson.
I linked to the law is an ass with music by Leonard Cohen in my comment.  That got a lot of responses two weeks later, a reaction that deserves a blog entry of its own.
Here's the relevant portion of my comment, which refers back to A picture of hope and innocence from 40 years ago.
After Zimmerman was acquitted, I said I would post "the law is an ass with music by Leonard Cohen."  I found something else to post instead.  This time, I followed through.  Cohen's "Everybody Knows" as performed by Concrete Blonde seemed like a good response to the grand jury decision, as well as to the general situation.
The readers remembered my posting the link to the song and mentioned that in the comments to Crash-O-Matic Finance, beginning with dannyboy.
"Everybody knows.

Hat tip to whomever it was that linked the Leonard Cohen song of the same title.

To whomever it may concern: Please take a bow for that link a couple of weeks ago. It kinda changed my perspective."
DannyBoy invited me to take a bow, so I did.
Thank you.  That was me.  I linked to it in The law is an ass with music by Leonard Cohen in the comments to Ferguson.  I'm glad you and ozone enjoyed and appreciated it.
That wasn't the only commenter at Kunstler's blog who enjoyed the song.  Follow over the jump for the rest.

I mentioned Ozone in my comment.  Here's what he had to say, first to dannyboye.
I forget who that was, but I played it twice (just because it's so intense and goes over well) in a 4 hour gig yesterday. Were you hiding in plain sight with a drink in your hand? ;-)
Keep it percolatin'!
DannyBoy finished that thread.
I enjoy the song. I enjoy drinking. And I now enjoy your camaraderie (Is that a political word? I don't care.
Then to me.
Thanks, N.V.
I think Leonard Cohen is [in part] lauded for mentioning some ugly realities in his paeans to human absurdities and missteps. (…at least by me. lol)
I’ve been doing that particular tune for a couple years now, and even those unfamiliar with it really seem to ‘get the message’.
“…that’s how it goes… everybody knows.”
You're welcome, Ozone.

I also got an acknowledment from dannyboy.
For me it’s been quite a trip from my “Not Knowing” to getting it.

For so long, I kind of looked at these deceptions one-at-a-time. Framed the whole thing wrong. I was as ridiculous.

Once the SHTF it all came together. All became known.

Whenever I shared myself with anybody who’d been put really down, they’d let me know just deeply they’d “Known”.

I’m feeling that this “Everybody Knows” is coming out to the surface fast now.

This will be the force that unites.
K-Dog, who comments here from time to time, provided the lyrics and a link.
Everybody Knows

‘Everybody Knows’ yeah that’s how it goes.

“Everybody Knows”

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died

Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you’ve been faithful
Ah give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you’ve been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

And everybody knows that it’s now or never
Everybody knows that it’s me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
Ah when you’ve done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe’s still pickin’ cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows

And everybody knows that the Plague is coming
Everybody knows that it’s moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there’s gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows

And everybody knows that you’re in trouble
Everybody knows what you’ve been through
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows it’s coming apart
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

Oh everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows
K-Dog got his own recognition from ZrCrypDiK.
Haha, K-D – Now I get why “they” (you?) claim Robert Plant/Led Zeppelin ripped off all their material.

Everybody knows? Heaven knows! I’ve actually heard that song by Leo (deep deep voice)…

Anything goes?
Since K-Dog provided the link, here's the video.

For what it's worth, promoting "The law is an ass with music by Leonard Cohen" at Kunstler's blog paid off.  As of the end of the year, it was the 9th ninth most read entry during the month with 93 page views during December, more than half of the 180 total since it was posted in November.  Posting the link again by request worked!


  1. Liked your post. I've been looking at the subject from a constitutional and process issue POV and realized that our police have become the "Standing Armies" the founders warned us about. Which is ironic since so many of the RW "believe" in the constitution the way they believe in The Gospels. Wait, they approach both same way.

    1. Thank you. I'm not sure I agree with you that the police have become "the standing armies the Founders warned us about. To begin with, we already have a standing army. The dangers of that involve an ever-present temptation to engage in foreign (mis)adventures. We're already 70 years down that road. Second, standing armies pose a potential threat to democracy through intimidation and coup. We've avoided that one so far and we should consider ourselves lucky.

      Instead, militarized police form a different threat, that of intimidation of the populace on behalf of the leaders, not of a threat against the elected leadership by an organized armed group. The closest we're getting to that is the action by the police union against DeBlasio, and that's a labor dispute, not a coup. As for a domestic equivalent of "foreign misadventure," you'd have to come up with one and then convince me of it. I might be open to that, if you're up to the challenge.