To The Dregs

  • Where'd All The Good People Go?

    Good People

    By Jack Johnson

     

    Well you win, it's your show now
    So what's it gonna be
    'Cause people will tune in
    How many train wrecks do we need to see
    Before we lose touch of
    We thought this was low
    It's bad getting worse so

    Where'd all the good people go,
    I've been changing channels
    I don't see them
    On the TV shows
    Where'd all the good people go,
    We got heaps and heaps of what we sow

    We got this and that
    With a rattle of tat
    Testing, one two
    Man what you gonna do
    Bad news, misused
    Got too much to lose
    Gimme some truth
    Now whose side are we on
    Whatever you say, turn on the boob tube
    I'm in the mood to obey
    So lead me astray, and by the way now

    Where'd all the good people go,
    I've been changing channels I don't see them
    On the TV shows
    Where'd all the good people go,
    We got heaps and heaps of what we sow

    Sitting around feeling far away
    So far away but I can feel the debris
    Can you feel it
    You interrupt me from a friendly conversation
    To tell me how great it's all gonna be
    You might notice some hesitation
    It's important to you it's not important to me
    But way down by the edge of your reason
    Well it's beginning to show
    And all I really want to know is

    Where'd all the good people go,
    I've been changing channels
    I don't see them on the TV shows
    Where did all the good people go,
    We got heaps and heaps of what we sow

    They got this and that
    With a rattle of tat
    Test down, one two
    Man what you gonna do
    Bad news, missed use
    Gimme some truth
    You got too much to lose
    Now whose side are we on
    But anyway, okay, whatever you say,
    Wrong or resolute, I'm in the mood to obey
    Station through station
    Desensitizing the nation

    Where did all the people go?

    Going, going, gone

  • For Our Brothers And Sisters Who Have Died. To Our Brothers And Sisters Who Have Killed Them.

    I’m sick of the shit in our world.
    The pain and blame of self-serving crusades
    Armed with money, religion, power or fame,
    Cut out our hearts while gorging our guts
    To enslave us in fear and ensnare us in lust.
    Beauty’s around but its song is drowned
    By the bombastic rants of political bands
    Who manipulate justice to suit our demands.
    I’m sick of the shit in our world.

    I’m sick of the shit in our world.
    The twisted faces of the poor diseased
    Welcome sweet death as their hasty reprieve
    From a lifetime of fire, famine, and flood
    Consuming all hope and spoiling their blood.
    Our mother’s disowned us, we stripped her bare,
    Ungrateful children, too complicit to care
    About the bleak future our offspring will share.
    I’m sick of the shit in our world.
     
    I’m sick of the shit in our world.
    The stressed and depressed, oft alone in distress,
    Seek asylum in figments that never redress
    The persistent trauma of the race that they run,
    So they corrode and erode, works of art left undone.
    We fragile wonders are too oft torn asunder
    By inherited bias, guilt, and great greed,
    Too often conflating our wants with our needs.
    I’m sick of the shit in our world.

    I’m sick of the shit in our world.
    Neither ignorant beasts nor omnipotent gods,
    Related to these, but we’re neither extreme,
    Yet extremism reigns, conscripting our sons,
    Kidnapping our daughters, beheading our friends.
    We continue to fall even as we evolve,
    Saints turned to devils, no will to resolve
    The plague of pride at the root of it all.
    I’m sick of the shit in our world.

    Is there a remedy for our primal blight?
    For darkness in chests robbing eyes of their sight?
    Is there a remedy for our primal blight?
    For delivering slaves from their self-imposed night?
    Is there a remedy?
    Is there a remedy?
    Is there a remedy?
    Is there a remedy?

    And she replied,

    We have what we need for our world.
    Long ago man was entrusted a gift:
    Light dawned in the dark but fear smothered it.
    Let light break again, unfazed by our plight,
    And burst forth to disperse our self-imposed night.
    Illumine our hearts and enlighten our minds,
    Expose buried truth in our nature to find
    The question that sparks the rebirth of mankind.
    We are what we need for our world.

    We are what we need for our world.
    Mythical creatures made to steward the good,
    To ourselves unknown, and so, misunderstood,
    We’re always becoming but never to be,
    One turned to many to restore unity.
    Little is stable and less in control
    For disparate parts being equal in whole,
    Who must work together to reach their same goal.
    We are what we need for our world.

    We are what we need for our world.
    The light reveals what our conceit obscures,
    We are, mysteriously, the cause and the cure;
    Destroyer of life when devoid of what’s right
    Or builder of worlds when filled by the light.
    So let’s build a world where hope knows no shame,
    Where malice can’t flow through shared blood in our veins,
    And no one’s a foe since we bear the same name.
    We are what we need for our world.

    We are what we need for our world.
    May new vision give voice to the mass of men
    Quietly desperate, to have hope again
    That justice will reign and peace we will find
    On this rock that’s been dropped in the sea of spacetime.
    Willingly sacrifice falsehood to cultivate
    Courage to combat the fear that drives hate
    And our world in time will regenerate.
    Love’s what we need for our world.

    We are the remedy for our primal blight,
    For darkness in chests robbing eyes of their sight.
    We are the remedy for our primal blight,
    For delivering slaves from our self-imposed night.
    We are the remedy.
    Light is the remedy.
    We are the remedy.
    Love is the remedy.

    Solomon John, 2016
  • 'Cause There Ain't No Party Like My Nana's Tea Party

    Drink The Sophisticate's Tea with your nana this weekend. Maybe she'll wrap freestyle with you. Random. R-R-Random. And join Flight of the Conchords at beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheater July 5, 2016
     

     

  • Tea Association of the USA: State of the Tea Industry 2015

    The Tea Association of the USA prepares an annual State of the Tea Industry. You can read the full report here
     
    While the report is a wealth of information for business insiders, it's also an interesting read about tea growth and a fantastic forecast for tea fans in the United States. The 2015 State of the Industry that was recently released confirms what we've been saying at The Sophisticate's Tea, namely, tea is the new craft brew. 
     
    Overall, the US tea market continues to grow in imports and consumption (around 5%) and is expected to continue to grow annually by 5%. Soon, the US will become the second largest tea importer in the world. 
     
    The good news for The Sophisticate's Tea and tea drinkers across the US is that new tea flavors and formats are driving the tea trend, with ready-to-drink teas and specialty teas pushing the market the most. We're excited that today's consumers are are looking for the products we're known for: high-quality craft brewed tea, new sensory tea experiences, local tea houses, the health benefits of tea, and the convenience of ready-to-drink teas. At The Sophisticate's Tea, we continue to meet these consumer demands as we grow in our wholesale distribution partners and plan future retail locations.
     
    We don't need to read tealeaves to get the tea market fortune. All we have to do is look at market trends to know that the pot is whistling and teacups in the US are ready to overflow. By following the trend of the craft wine artisans of the 1970s, the craft coffee makers in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and the craft beer producers in the 2000s, The Sophisticate's Tea is ready to lead the new craft brew wave. Come drink with us!
  • Monday Muffins: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip

    I've made these muffins for a number of years and they never fail the tastebuds, especially when paired with The Sophisticate's Chai. I've adapted the recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman.
     
    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
    Makes: 12 muffins
    4 tablespoons coconut oil-melted
    1 cup whole wheat flour (King Arthur works best)
    1 cup all purpose flour
    11/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons of chia seeds (optional)
    3/4 cup milk or non dairy substitute
    1 egg
    1 cup pumpkin puree
    1/2-3/4 cup chocolate chips (Ghirardelli 60% cacao)
     
    Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tins. Stir together the dry ingredients and set aside. Beat together the melted coconut butter, egg and milk with the pumpkin puree. Pour into the dry ingredients, mixing just enough to moisten. Fold in the chocolate chips and fill muffin tins 3/4 full.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove muffins from the tins and let cool.

     

     

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