Politically Incorrect Lyrics: These Hard Times

Now that I’m back from a trip upstate with fellow alumni in Oswego, and feeling particularly mournful of the distance that has grown between me and my former peers (a distance that, I believe, is largely explained by their reliance on social media memes, entertainment sources like John Stewart, and online mainstream media for their entire knowledge of current events and American History), my ride back included a song that fits my mood and with a bit of politically incorrect reworking can express my general frustration.

Without further adieu, I bring you: a politically incorrect send-off to Matchbox Twenty and “These Hard Times.” (As always, I don’t own the original intellectual property and am parodying it under the fair use clause.)

Fading hopes collide,
Youthful oblivion,
Can’t take the place of life.

Relentless days go by,
Longing for memories,
Slipping right through my grasp,
And taking the past,
 From all our lives.

Nostalgia won’t sustain us,
Neither will promises,
They don’t mean anything.

We’ve all lost our focus,
Ignorance feels like bliss,
Innocents pay the price.
And they don’t feel so alive.

Say goodbye.
Those days are gone.
And we can’t keep holding on,
When all we need is some relief,
Through these hard times.
Through these hard times.

Facebook isn’t gospel,
It’s keeping them hynoptized,
Swirling a pack of lies.

I look at all those faces,
Cursing the tragedy,
They should be more than this,
But their minds have lost the light.

Say goodbye.
Those days are gone.
And we can’t keep holding on.
When all we need is some relief,
Through these hard times.

Whoooaaaa…there’s something missing.
Oh no, they’ll never feel it but they…
No no, they’re gonna feel it when it’s gone.
When it’s gone.

Say goodbye.
Those days are gone.
And we can’t keep holding on.
When all we need is some relief,
Through these hard times.
Hey, these hard times.
Oh no…these hard times.

Say goodbye.
Those days are gone.
Say goodbye.
Those days are gone.

Those days are gone.

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