Modern Poetry Edition #65 {Self-Help}


Step 1:  Admit you have a problem.  Step 2:
Go look up a bunch of lyrics on the web and
send 'em around.  Step 3:  Delight your friends
with pithy comments.  Step 4: Repeat "Easy
Does It" forty times a day in the mirror.  Steps
5-12:  Send out follow-up msg, call for votes,
call for votes again, call for final votes, implore
people to vote, tell everyone how little voting has
occurred, give up, and send out results.

Hey, I am on Step 12!  Amy Winehouse was the
winner in a selection with such a paucity of votes
that 0.9 votes may have been the winning total.

I wanted to cheat for Doris Day's Que Sera Sera
but felt there were going to be more important ones
coming up that I'd want to sway.

Anyway Amy Winehouse is the most worthy poette,
and like Kalifornia, she knows how to party.  "in the
city...."

There you have it, MP #65 in the books.  Look for
the next one soon.

--Sean


Modern Poetry Edition #65 {Self-Help}
[6/28/07]
**Rehab by Amy Winehouse
I'm OK, You're OK by Boyz II Men
Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
Que Sera, Sera by Doris Day (w/b Evans/Livingston)
Get It Together by The Beastie Boys

**Winner of MPulitzer

Hello there. How are you, my peoples? If you're less
than tip-top, it is your lucky day. Take one jam-
packed edition of self-help/feel-good Modern Poetry
and call me in the morning (not too early! -- we sleep
in at MP HQ).

We got Winehouse in the house.

And a classicly named gem From Boyz II Men:

I am not sure if it extends the thesis of the blockbuster
from the 70's (self-help-book-here), but it is one of the 
few poems, modern or otherwise to start with:

   The first thing I did wrong; Was hook up with a girl who wasn't grown

Ooops.

Got Happy Beach Boys? Check.

   Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations A happenin' with her
   Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations A happenin'

Then bilingual Doris Day tells us that 
"whatever will be will be." 
Today you see T-Shirts that say, 
"it is what it is." 
See!!  She was right!
It *is* what it is!.  (IIWII link)

Couplets like this from the Beasties are what it's all about:

   Got To Do It Like This, Like Chachi And Joanie
   Because She's The Cheese And I'm The Macaroni

and

   Yea, You Know I'm Getting Silly
   I've Got A Grandma Hazel And A Grandma Tilly

Take this valuable edition and read it up, flip it,
rub it down.

AND VOTE PLEASE! OR VOTE DAMMIT!

Or don't. I don't care. My life is filled with Modern Poetry and
MP has granted me the serenity to accept the voters I cannot change,
the courage to browbeat the voters I can change, and the wisdom to
know the difference.

Peace, Love and Gumbo...

--Sean
 

Rehab by Amy Winehouse
=====================================================
They tried to make me go to rehab
I said, no, no, no
Yes, I been black
But when I come back
You'll know, know know

I ainít got the time
And if my daddy thinks Iím fine
He's tried to make me go to rehab
I wonít go, go, go

Iíd rather be at home with Ray
I ainít got 70 days
Cause thereís nothing, there's nothing you can teach me
That I canít learn from Mr. Hathaway

I didnít get a lot of your class
But I know it donít come in a shot glass

They tried to make me go to rehab
I said, no, no, no
Yes, I been black
But when I come back
You'll know, know, know

I ain't got the time
And if my daddy thinks Iím fine
He's tried to make me go to rehab
I wonít go, go, go

The man said, why'd you think you here?
I said, I got no idea
Iím gonna, I'm gonna lose my baby
So I always keep a bottle near
He said, I just think youíre depressed
Kiss me yeah, baby--
And go rest

They tried to make me go to rehab
I said, no, no, no
Yes, I been black
But when I come back
You'll know, know, know

I donít ever want to drink again
I just, ooh, I just need a friend
Iím not gonna spend ten weeks
Have everyone think I'm on the mend

And itís not just my pride
Itís just till these tears have dried

They tried to make me go to rehab
I said no, no, no
Yes, I been black, but when I come back
you'll know, know, know
I ainít got the time
And if my daddy thinks Iím fine
He's tried to make me go to rehab
I wonít go, go, go

I'm OK, You're OK by Boyz II Men
=====================================================
The first thing I did wrong
Was hook up with a girl who wasn't grown
She looked like a woman but her mind worked like a child
It was her girlish qualities that made me smile
The outside never showed me what was in
And her ending didn't look like it began
Now I know and it's for sure
That you can't change a girl into a woman

I'm okay, make sure you're okay
No matter how long it takes
Make sure that you're okay
And if she goes away
Make sure that you're okay
Now that I got out
I'm just looking out trying to show you the way
To be okay

Now I hate to see you make the same mistakes
So avoid the things that cause your heart to break
From a hurting brother, I ain't trying to hate
But if you mess around with her she'll seal your fate
You'll never see it coming till it's there
And you'll find out that she doesn't really care
And it's real what I feel
You can have her ass I don't want her over here

I'm okay, make sure you're okay
No matter how long it takes
Make sure that you're okay
And if she goes away
Make sure that you're okay
Now that I got out
I'm just looking out trying to show you the way
To be okay

If you decide to stay it's alright (it's your decision)
But take heed to what I say you'll be alright (listen to what I'm saying)
If you decide to go then go now (you better leave her)
Don't look back because she'll only bring you down
Oh, bring you down
Bring you down (bring you down)

Sing it one time
Okay, woo, woo, woo, woo, woo
Make sure you'll be okay
It's okay, okay

I'm okay, make sure you're okay
No matter how long it takes
Make sure that you're okay
And if she goes away
Make sure that you're okay
Now that I got out
I'm just looking out trying to show you the way
To be okay

Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
=====================================================
I, I love the colorful clothes she wears
And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair
I hear the sound of a gentle word
On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air

I'm pickin' up good vibrations
She's giving me excitations
I'm pickin' up good vibrations (Oom bop bop good vibrations)
She's giving me excitations (Oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations (Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations (Oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations (Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations (Oom bop bop excitations)

Close my eyes
She's somehow closer now
Softly smile, I know she must be kind
When I look into her eyes
She goes with me to a blossom world

I'm pickin' up good vibrations
She's giving me excitations
I'm pickin' up good vibrations (Oom bop bop good vibrations)
She's giving me excitations (Oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations (Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations (Oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations (Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations (Oom bop bop excitations)

(Ahhhhhhh) (Ah my my what elation)
I don't know where but she sends me there
(Ah my my what a sensation)
(Ah my my what elations)
(Ah my my what)

Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations A happenin' with her
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations A happenin' with her
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations A happenin'

Ahhhhhhhh Good good good good vibrations (Oom bop bop)
(I'm pickin' up good vibrations)
She's giving me excitations (Oom bop bop) (Excitations)
Good good good good vibrations (Oom bop bop)
She's na na...

Na na na na na, Na na na, Na na na na na, Na na na
Do do do do do, Do do do, Do do do do do, Do do do

Que Sera, Sera by Doris Day (w/b Evans/Livingston)
=====================================================
When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother
What will I be?
Will I be pretty?
Will I be rich?
Here's what she said to me:

Que sera, sera.
Whatever will be, will be.
The future's not ours to see.
Que sera, sera.
What will be, will be.

When I grew up and fell in love
I asked my sweetheart
What lies ahead?
Will we have rainbows
Day after day?
Here's what my sweetheart said:

Que sera, sera.
Whatever will be, will be.
The future's not ours to see.
Que sera, sera.
What will be, will be.

Now I have children of my own.
They ask their mother,
What will I be?
Will I be handsome?
Will I be rich?
I tell them tenderly:

Que sera, sera.
Whatever will be, will be.
The future's not ours to see.
Que sera, sera.
What will be, will be.
Que sera, sera.

Get It Together by The Beastie Boys
=====================================================
1-2 1-2 Keep It On
Listen To The Shit Because We Kick It Until Dawn
Listen To The Abstract Got It Going On
Listen To The Ladies Come On And Let Me Spawn
All Your Eggs Then You You Go Up The River
Listen To The Abstract That Freaky Nigger
I'm Ad Rock And I Shock And I Tick And I Tock
And I Can't Stop With The Body Rock
See I've Got Heart Like John Starks
Hitting Mad Sparks
Pass Me The Mic
And I'll Be Rocking The Whole Park
I'm The M To The C To The A And It's A Must
The Rhymes That We Bust On The Topic On Lust
And My Moms Is Not Butt, But Fuck It
Let Me Get Down To The Rhythm
Yes I'm Getting Funky And I'm Shooting All My Jism
Like John Holmes, The X-rated Nigger
Listen To The Shit 'Cause I'm The Ill Figure
Nobody's Getting Any Bigger Than This

Ad Rock Down With The Ione
Listen To The Shit Because Both Of Them Is Boney
Got To Do It Like This Like Chachi And Joanie
Because She's The Cheese And I'm The Macaroni
So Why All The Fight And Why All The Fuss
Becasue I Ain't Got No Dust
Yea, You Know I'm Getting Silly
I've Got A Grandma Hazel And A Grandma Tilly
Grand Royal prez And I'm Also A Member
Born On The Cusp In The Month Of November
I Do The Patty Duke In Case You Don't Remember
Well, I Freak A Funky Beat Like The Shit Was In A Blender
Well, I'm Long Gone Word Is Bond
Don't Need A Mother Fucking Fool Telling Me Right From Wrong
I Don't Think I'm Slick Nor Do I Play Like I'm Hard
But I Shall Drive The Lane Like I Was Evan Bernhard
And I've Working On My Game Because Life Is Taxing
Got To Get It Together And See What's Happening

I Go One Two Like My Name Was Biz Mark
But I Had To Do The Shit Just Let Me Embark
On The Lyric And The Noun And The Verb
Let's Kick The Shit Off 'Cause Yo, I'm Not The Herb
Well, It's Not The Herb But The Spice With The Flavor To Spare
Tho Moog With The Funk For Your Derriere
While We're On That Topic, Yes I Like To Mention
When It Comes To Boning I'm Representing
Spacing, Zoning, Talkin' On The Phone And
My Brain Is Roaming And I Don't Know Where It's Going
Talking Lots Of Shit A Little Tweaking On The Weekend
I've Got To Get Him By The Reigns Because I Know That I'm Freaking
Well, I'm A Funky Skull And I'm A Scorpio
And When I Get My Flow I'm Dr On The Go
So Q-tip, What You On The Mic For
Because I Had To Talk About The Times That I Rhyme
And When M.C.S Come In My Face, I'm Like Mace
Because I Back Them Off With The Quills
Nigger 'Cause I Tell You, Nigger 'Cause I'll Keep You Under Prills
Resting On Nine One One Sixteenth Ave Off The Farmes Boulevard
I'm From Manhattan M.C.A.'s From Brooklyn
Yea, M.C.A., Your Shit Be Cooking
Praying Mantis On The Court And I Can't Be Beat
So, Yo Tip, What's Up With The Boot On Your Feet
I've Got The Timbos On The Toes And This Is How It Goes
Oh One Two, Oh My God
One Two, Oh My God, I've Got Some Shit
I've Got The Kung Fu Grip Behind My Green Trap Kit
Never Ever Ever Smoking Crack
Never Ever Ever Fucking Wack
I Eat The Fuckin' Pineapple Now & Laters
Listen To Me Now, Don't Listen To Me Later
Fuck It 'Cause I Know I Didn't Make It Fuckin' Rhyme For Real
But, Yo Technically I'm As Hard As Steel
Gonna Get It Together, Watch It, Gonna Get It Together Ma Bell
I'm Like Ma Bell, I've Got The Ill Communications