When I was 8 The hippies showed up In all their hippy garb Calling for peace and promising love. Flower children shine so bright There went Vicky and Karen Smiling like the devil pinched their faces. "On a high now!" "On a hi now" I answered. And they laughed at me I did not know why. Words spell themselves By what you know In your child's mind. When I was 9 I would sneak up to the Railroad tracks to throw rocks through open doors on box cars. Two run-away hippies offered me acid to expand my mind and open The Doors of Perception But all they did was scare me. I thought it was candy. When I was 10 I wished the yellow stripe on the road was a dragon's tail And all I had to do was grab hold And it would take me far away Where real adventure lay. In two years adventure began We were shotgunning beers Chasing girls and failing. Someone dropped peyote in my coke And called me lucky. We carried knives that we could Hide along side our wallets To keep from being jumped by thrill seeking Middle class thugs. I only tried to stab Those kids who wanted My lunch money. I missed; they ran; but They left me alone. The school bathroom was the most Dangerous place on earth. No teacher would go in. Others who did not fear death found it. One jumped from the bridge into the train One hit on his bike by the drunk One dropped acid and never came back One shot in revenge for rape. When I was fifteen the peace was gone The free love was gone, But we had the drugs. Coke, weed, black tar, acid, bird eggs, Quaaludes, shrooms, lovely, PCP Of that we had plenty A thrill seekers field of abundance An experiential harvest of lies I thought I would be dead by 17 I wanted to be dead by 17 But I'm here now Happy my children don't know this world Where are the hippies? Still on a high now They run everything now They run everything Into the ground now They ruin everything now With their Utopian schemes Materialist dreams, and legions Of followers. I am a fiction But if you really knew me If you had been there You'd know, maybe shake your head Because every word is true.