Heaven, Hell, and Rockaway

by Thomas Clarke



released June 2, 2014



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Thomas Clarke Lewiston, Maine

Thomas Clarke was born in Abilene, TX, and raised in Colorado Springs. In the early 1990s, he first met producer Steve Peak (Speak Online), who introduced him to songwriting. He attended Brooklyn College in the late 1990s. He was one of the co-stars and contributed music to a 2014 art production about homelessness in Austin called “Am I Invisible”. ... more

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Track Name: Help Me Lord (2014 Good Friday Mix)
Help me lord, help me to see straight, help to see beauty. Help me to see the good, help me to see you.
Track Name: Frustration
Track Name: Saitama Nights
Track Name: Up (2013 Give or Get Up Mix)
none, although there is a computerized noise that alternately sounds like "Give Up" and "Get Up"
Track Name: Flight Of The Pigeon
Track Name: München (Es tut uns leid, Berlin)
Track Name: Arpeggio and Horns
Track Name: Rockaway Blues
Track Name: Down
samples of "yeah" and "here I am with you" and "brand new life"
Track Name: Any Such Thing
Track Name: Clocks
Track Name: Memories (Or Lack Thereof)
Track Name: 1099 (Sub Minimum Wage)
Minimum wage, we've got a way around that...

You've heard me talk about the 1099 before
but here's why it's such a threat to the poor

For 1099, you're supposed to be a subcontractor
setting your own pay, setting your own hours

Getting commission on something that's supposed to pay a decent wage
It was never designed to be a way for employers to enslave and impoverish employees under the guise that they're just independent contractors

But that's what it's become in New York City

It's not working, get it right and fix it

$8 an hour might be too high to be the minimum
but for $5 an hour for twice as much work for overtime hours
with no overtime pay is too little

And it's not just the milkman messengers from Long Island City (Mitchells) that are doing this

How about some inedible fruit arrangements from Manhattan with a legal wage the reward after months of 5 an hour?

How about the big kahuna of messenger companies (Urban Express) that switched to low commission and no tax help after paying above the old minimum wage last year?

Nobody seems to know or care

and they think the ones getting paid a legal wage are the only ones getting screwed

Some think that more pay with benefits is too little

and some think that the taxpayers are their piggy bank

Why should they get one penny more

when there are people earning far less, working a lot more

And not getting a legal wage?

Fix the 1099 gap so those trapped in it can get a legal wage

fix the healthcare system
but not by forcing people to buy insurance and driving those premiums through the roof

fix poverty by helping the poor become not poor

instead of punishing them by making them or keeping them poor

The leftist ideas from before didn't work then and they are making stuff worse now

Quit making stuff too expensive

Quit overtaxing the rich when their money can alleviate some of the suffering

and they can move their money with them

Leaving those who cannot afford the bill the only ones who can pay for it.

Quit saying life and self defense and religion are part of the problem and not welcome

When they may be part of the solution

The 1099 perps aren't the only problem

the jackasses need to go too

get it right before the wrong type of revolution comes

and heads start rolling

and no one wins

it's not working, get it right and fix it
Track Name: Heaven, Hell, and Rockaway (Coda)
Is there any such thing as joy anymore?
Help Me to find my way
From the burning mountains to the flooded shores
is there any such place as home anymore?

Trapped somewhere between Heaven, Hell, and Rockaway
between what's left of America and Europe
somewhere where the poor are getting poorer
the Faith is under attack
what used to be wrong is now right
and what used to be right is now not welcome

Somewhere in Rockaway
the pigeons, seagulls, and piping plovers are fighting over food at the shore
and the plovers are holding up the new Boardwalk until 2017! politicians are fighting over monetary food over how progressive they can be
when they're really regressive
who says someone being pro-life and wanting to defend oneself has no business being in New York?
Maybe Cuomo, DeBlasio, and their ACORN and jackass buddies should leave New York instead!
I'm to poor to live here comfortably............
Stuck somewhere between Heaven, Hell, and Rockaway
and maybe somewhere between Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Texas if things don't work out here......
Who said I had to stick to one style?

Who said I had to leave things the way they were?
It's a brave but messed up new world and I'm trying to adapt