Ominous Ride - Line After Line (Wired)

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Subject: John Belushi

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The line
The straight and narrow life
Was not your style
Not your road
Not how you were wired

Saturday was your night
Not ready for prime time
Player in a New York venue.
You were young, and you knew
How to play to the crowd
In a way that they wouldn’t forget you.
All your roles on the stage
were extensions of yourself
With a white horse inspiration
You were “riding the train” for a laugh
And to keep the show going
But no one’s laughing now

The world awakened
When you were wired
What fans were saying
You felt alive

Joliet was a blues man,
Came to Hollywood in a suit
and Ray Ban glasses.
You were already known for your charm
And your tendency to flourish
In a cocaine madness.
Looking back, everything
That you did with your friends
Was just a part of the status quo.
But the weight of the fame
And the energy it took to maintain,
Is how you lost control

Line after line to the bottom
Line after line to the bottom
Line after line to the bottom
Line after line to the bottom

All they were saying
Is how you were wired
Your dream decaying
Before your eyes

There were those
who could see that you were lost
and they fought to keep up
so they could protect you.
Many times you had tried to return
but the hooks that were set
all refused to let you.
Still your heart didn’t change,
You were still just a kid on the stage
Playing for love
We were calling your name all along,
But you were too far down
That Lonesome Road.

Line after line to the bottom
Line after line to the bottom
Line after line to the bottom
Line after line to the bottom

There was an innocence about the manic image you portrayed.
Despite the needle-driven Animal that never could be caged.
And many smiles return when thinking of King Bee or Samurai.
There were no lessons learned
‘Cause 33 is much too young to die.

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from SpinTune #13 - Round 1, released July 10, 2017

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