The Saeculum Decoded
A Blog by Neil Howe
Dec 302009
 

John Wozniak (born 1971), making him part of Generation X (born 1961-1981), is lead vocalist of Marcy Playground, is pretty much known for his Nirvana-like sound (he’s a huge Cobain fan) and for his big late ‘90s hit, “Sex and Candy.”  Great song, btw, which really does make you think of Nirvana… although I suspect Cobain was usually too wasted even to think much about sex.

Anyway, I recently came across a song he did called “Our Generation.”  Maybe you’ve already heard it.  I hadn’t.  It reflects just about the pure essence of X.  The message is sardonic, self-oriented, bewildered—and makes implicit reference to his hippie parents.

Here are the lyrics:

Are you a child of the free to be you and me generation
And are you in tune with the world around you
I am a child of the free to be you and me generation
And I am with you in being in tune

We shall bring change to this place
Listen to the whistle of the planet twirlin’ through space
Singin la la la la la la to the human race
(She says)
I believe I am the flower of life, the Earth
And the ocean oh oh
I believe I feel the power of light, vibrate
All around me oh oh
I believe you are the children of the one Great Spirit, oh oh

Are you a child of the free to be you and me generation
And are you confused with the world around you
I am a child of the free to be you and me generation
And I am with you in being confused

Children children can you hear it
Listen to the riddle in the melody by Great Spirit
Singin’ la la la la la la there’s nothin’ to it
(He says)
I believe I am the flower of life, the air
And the sunshine oh oh
I believe I am the power of light, the motive
For the universe oh oh
I believe you are the children of the one
Mother Earth oh oh

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  • joshjohnson

    Funny you should mention Marcy Playground. It is an actual playground in Northeast Minneapolis, and apparently he remembered it as being a rather brutal place where he spent time as a child in the 70s. You know, the kind of place where mostly ignored kids (Nomads) go to play (completely unstructured, unlike the Millenial children of today and recent years) and no one is really paying attention (pre-occupied with the Awakening) to what they do to each other.

  • martinsnapp

    Happy New Year, Neil.
    Here's a link to my latest column, which is also on my blog. I think you'll recognize both of the historians I write about, since one of them is you.
    I also have a gig with the Cal Alumni Magazine, writing a column about alumni. Since you're one, I'd like to include you. Any recent developments in your life that I can use as a news hook?
    Best always,
    Martin Snapp

  • jenx67

    @JOSHJOHNSON – Thanks for adding to this great post with the information about Marcy Playground. So eerie – the brutal place, not the comment.