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Old 11-06-2019, 09:12 AM
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Old 11-06-2019, 09:37 AM
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John Lennon put it much more succinctly: Imagine no possessions
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Old 11-06-2019, 09:45 AM
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John Lennon put it much more succinctly: Imagine no possessions
I can't.

Everybody has possessions. The singer has clothes and a "harpoon". It is impossible to exist with no possessions at all.

And I said the song was written from the perspective of a hippie - that doesn't mean I ever said Kristofferson was a hippie.
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A "right" implies responsibility; "freedom" does not. Both produce consequences. You're free when you're born and when you die but not so much in between - reality and other people get in the way. You have a "right" to whatever, in exchange for using it wisely. Your "freedom" is only blocked by obstacles; if you've gone that far, what more is there to lose? Freedom to swing a fist ends at someone's nose because consequences, reaction, retribution. And whatever is free is likely worth the price.

Harpoon derives from French harp (because a French priest introduced the free-reed Chinese sheng to Europe) and eventually blues harp. Other names I've heard include Mississippi saxophone, pocket sax, pickle (also for ocarinas), horn, and bluesburger.
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:00 AM
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Freedom? Ah, freedom.

That's just some people talkin'.

You're a prisoner walkin' through this world all alone.
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