Postcard From Haiti

It was the 80s, I was a kid, but I knew the darkness of the world. Didn’t you?

I’d forgotten I’d written much less recorded this piece. Analog. As introduced, it was in fact done in the 80s!

Somehow The Sand Rubies (then ‘The Sidewinders’), Howe Gelb, Dave Slutes, Marc Loeb, Ed DeLucia – names resounding in music history now ended up helping me seriously jam on my composition produced by Larry Sakin’s ‘Kept in the Dark’ records (they were, as it turns out): “Postcard from Haiti.”

So here I am 30 some years ago playing rhythm guitar and singing lead vocals. I have wonderful but mostly blurry memory of all the rest. There were spoons involved. In the Greg Jagiello (who became a Web developer) ‘I play whatever is near me’ section, you naughty ‘got a reference’ kids!

It was the 80s. It is always a dark time. Have we really changed at all?

Postcard From Haiti

Molly E. Holzschlag (ca. 198?)

It came in the mail the other day
A postcard from Haiti
It showed the sun setting softly in the sky

It must be the Voodoo on the postcard
I dreamed the Tonton Macoute had taken my father

Postcard from Haiti
Filled with sorrow
Filled with poverty
Postcard from Haiti

It came in the mail the other day
A postcard from Soweto
It showed the sun setting blood red in the sky

It must be the poison on the postcard
I dreamed that Botha’s men had taken my father

Postcard from Soweto
Filled with sorrow
Filled with revolution
Postcard from Soweto

It came in the mail the other day
A postcard from Washington DC
It showed the sun setting with power and beauty and grace

It must be the money (the money)
That was sent with the postcard
I dreamed that greed had taken my father

Postcard from Washington
Postcard from Soweto
Postcard from Haiti

Postcard from Haiti