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On Honesty

Thanks I'll Eat It Here

Thanks I'll Eat It HereLiberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.

– William Gladstone

Honesty, as we all know, is not always an easy principle to live up to. That’s even more the case in politics, a field that has led many a good person into a moral trap or three. Have a little bit of understanding and trust in people, though, and it gets easier to be honest with them.

“Honest Man” is a great old 70s track on that very point written by liberal counter-culture musical hero George Lowell. I love this track – it’s old school, soulful preaching wrapped up in good music.

Lowell is best known for founding Little Feat, one of the laid backest bluesy-funky-rock bands ever.

(side note: he met co-founder Bill Payne whilst in Frank Zappa’s magnificently named Mothers of Invention)

(further aside note: the Mothers are mainly men .. we always find a way to take the credit!).

Here’s a recent incarnation of Little Feat putting in a sweetly funky performance in 2008.

Somebody can you tell me about the difference
One man to another
How come some people are always running down everybody around them?
His excuse is he thinks we’re fools, we are useless

He don’t know how to live and let live
Or how to give when he takes
All he makes is a lot of heartbreak

Is that the way of an honest man
Doing the best he can?

 

I got some good friends
You know they’re satisfied, most the time
With a little peace of mind
They don’t need no alibis, no excuses, no telling lies

You know they know how to live and let live
How to give when they take
And never make a lot of heartbreak

That’s the way of an honest man
Doing the best he can

 

It don’t take a vision or a religion
Understanding is just not that demanding
And then you don’t need no alibis, no excuses, no tellin lies

And then you know how to live and let live
How to give when you take
Never make a lot of heartbreak

Honest man
Doing the best he can