northanger (northanger) wrote,
northanger
northanger

it's like that

[Run]
Unemployment at a record high
People coming, people going, people born to die
Don't ask me, because I don't know why
But it's like that, and that's the way it is

[D.M.C.]
People in the world tryin to make ends meet
You try to ride car, train, bus, or feet
I said you got to work hard, you want to compete
It's like that, and that's the way it is
Huh!

[Run & D.M.C. alternate lines for the remainder of the song]
Money is the key to end all your woes
Your ups, your downs, your highs and your lows
Won't you tell me the last time that love bought you clothes?
It's like that, and that's the way it is

Bills rise higher every day
We receive much lower pay
I'd rather stay young, go out and play
It's like that, and that's the way it is
Huh!

Wars going on across the sea
Street soldiers killing the elderly
Whatever happened to unity?
It's like that, and that's the way it is

Disillusion is the word
That's used by me when I'm not heard
I just go through life with my glasses blurred
It's like that, and that's the way it is
Huh!

You can see a lot in this lifespan
Like a bum eating out of a garbage can
You noticed one time he was your man
It's like that (what?) and that's the way it is
You should have gone to school, you could've learned a trade
But you laid in the bed where the bums have laid
Now all the time you're crying that you're underpaid
It's like that (what?) and that's the way it is
Huh!

One thing I know is that life is short
So listen up homeboy, give this a thought
The next time someone's teaching why don't you get taught?
It's like that (what?) and that's the way it is

If you really think about it times aren't that bad
The one that flexes with successes will make you glad
Stop playing start praying, you won't be sad
It's like that (what?) and that's the way it is
Huh!

When you feel you fail sometimes it hurts
For a meaning in life is why you search
Take the bus or the train, drive to school or the church
It's like that, and that's the way it is

Here's another point in life you should not miss
Do not be a fool who's prejudiced
Because we're all written down on the same list
It's like that (what?) and that's the way it is
Huh!

You know it's like that, and that's the way it is
Because it's like that, and that's the way it is
[Repeat these lines til fade]
[+][+][+][+]

never got rap when it first came out, but this song i got. it was epic, opera. Because we're all written down. on. the. same. list ... It's like that. (what?). and that's the way it is. Huh! nothing else comes close. we lived in Harlem when i was 8-12? (after years of There is a Rose in Spanish Harlem my sister told me we lived there). somebody was always dropping glass from their apartment window into the alley (think of Tony & Maria's first duet in West Side Story, it seemed like a dark mysterious canyon). used to freak me out. thought of that alley (traveled back to that alley) when i first heard It's Like That. have it on cassette somewhere. searching boxes for it yesterday see paper edge & know what it is before pulling it out: my first daimoku chart. someone handed it to me the first day i went to this Soka Gakkai/NSA YWD (young women's division) meeting. original YWD goal was not a million daimoku. someone told me if you chanted a million daimoku you get what you want. that's when i added more squares & changed YWD chart to million daimoku chart. THEN, i got it in my head to chant a million daimoku about Star Wars. makes more sense someone telling me no one believed i chanted two million daimoku that fast.

searching Nichiren's writings online: chant one million Nembutsu & chanting nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo during the physical union of man and woman is indeed what is called "earthly desires are enlightenment" [+] — also heard about chanting one million daimoku during pregnancy for a healthy baby.

this chart has a drawing of a rising sun with YWD LET'S WIN WITH THE arched over it. more than half the page is the actual chart with diagonal squares which i filled in with red & blue ink. text under it in white: PASSION & POWER OF SHAKUBUKU & box below that: YWD NATIONWIDE GENERAL MEETING MAY 1983. blue boxes form upward arrow pointing at the sun. in the middle of the sun, tip of the blue arrow .... 2001 .... hmm. each block = 30 minutes (if i remember, 15mins = 1500 daimoku). in red ink wrote: MAI JI SA ZE NEN [I am always thinking [+]]. on back: Started in March, End: June 29 1983; most of the rest of the page explains NYOZESO (appearance), NYOZESHO (nature), NYOZETAI (entity), NYOZERIKI (power), NYOZESA (influence). next to that is ESSENTIAL REALITY OF LIFE - STATIC [probably Sho Ho Jis So — The Reality of All Things [+]].

remembering all of this makes me appreciate the Is That All There Is? aspect of my buddhist practice.

hey, It's Like That also released in 1983. okay, wacky thing. been trying to make contact with L since May. maybe i can work in her shop or something. call & leave message, never hear from her. drive to her shop, closed. drive to her shop, she's not there & she's rarely there & don't know when she'll be there. leave msg on 3x5 card with email. leave thinking i'll never hear from her, she won't remember me & remind myself not to count eggs before chickens. that was over two weeks ago. L emails me wednesday & asks about Quan Yin statuette i bought from her. L's got all these Quan Yin's in her store including a huge beautiful scroll hanging up in the back (felt so good to see it still there & smell the incense & see how much things don't change). L says she's in saturday, she'll buy Thai & Swami from the Vedanta (her Sensei, i think) talks at 7:30pm. i'm all in. wow, that's some kinda fast moving buddha-wave.

AQ 233 = IT'S LIKE THAT = AEON CURRENT = GOTHIC AVATAR = HER NUMBER IS 11 = NEGRO OF LOVE (Rhythm is a Dancer, Snap) = UBERTRAGUNG (transference) = UNREAL ENGINE.

AQ 263 (11) = AEONIC CURRENT = ENLIGHTENMENT = ORGASMIC BLISS = THE THREE-IN-ONE (Ace of Swords).

AQ 1167 = THE THREE-IN-ONE, THE SECRET MOTHER IN HER POLYMORPHOUS PLENITUDE (Ace of Swords) = 31. I WILL PROVIDE THE PLACE AND THE MATERIAL BASIS, THOU THE TEARS AND BLOOD. (LIBER 49) = AUSTEN FAVORABLY PRESENTS THE NAVAL COMMUNITY AS DELEUZAN PACKS (A Nomadic Austen: Sales argues that "the naval officers," in contrast to Sir Walter and his followers, "inhabit a world which values comradeship or partnership". Tanner adds that "it is the navy who ... reconstitute a meaningful domesticity, recreate the ideas of home, ultimately redefine the notion of society itself". Austen favorably presents the naval community as Deleuzan packs; its members freely accept individuals, creating a community unconcerned with social rank. This radical flexibility and open reception of others strongly influence the malleable love-relationship of Anne and Wentworth) = HIGHLY INTEGRATED COMPLEMENTARY METAL-OXIDE SEMICONDUCTOR CHIPS (NACHIP) = THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MARTYRDOM AND SUICIDE IS PRESS COVERAGE [+].

AQ 117 = ELEVEN = IRREAL = THE OX (i-ged: 26) = ZEUHL.

AQ 118 = REALIS (What is Real? (or, "Le Real is a Kind of Sturgeon")) [+] = KATTAK.

AQ 103 = LA REAL = THECLA = THING.

AQ 128 (11) = SALMON = ASTRAEA = AURORA = IYANIFA = SCARFACE (k-punk) = THE BIG "N".

AQ 107 = LE REAL = DEBAUCH = FASCES = GODHEAD = KINEMA = MAMA JO (Pandemon Mommoljo, Amphidemon of Xenogenesis Decadology; Alien Mother).

AQ 191 (11) = STURGEON = ACEPHALOUS (In other words, the male body can represent the female body because it has priority, but the female body cannot represent the male because she derives her identity and her significance from him. Von Balthasar picturesquely describes the female church without the male Christ as "an acephalous torso") = STAR WARS.

AQ 197 = UN REAL REAL = BLACK PEOPLE (Omowale Adewale) = HALL OF MAATI = MARK K-PUNK = MECCA-NOMICS = RANDOM BABBLE = TOPOLOGY = WHITE WAVE (Silence, Delerium with Sarah McLachlan) = ZUGZWANG.

AQ 127 = RUN-DMC = AVATARA = GUATAMA = KAIROS = OMULU = ORGASM = SAMMAEL = THELEMA.

AQ 140 = ABALUAYE = TRICKY = BLACK ART = HAD-NUIT = NU-HADIT = VAUUNG = VOODOO.

AQ 312 = PHONOGRAPH BLUES (k-punk) = THE WAY TO SUCCEED.

AQ 238 = HIS NUMBER IS 11 = BARKER-SPIRAL = COMPETITION (type of symbiosis) = CRASH-SIGNALS (Tukutu; Crash-signals [barkerian scarring]) = KUAN-SHIH YIN = SPAM POETRY = YOD HEH VAU HEH.

AQ 290 (11) = ROBERT JOHNSON = NORTHANGER ABBEY = [OS][IR][RU][PT][RH][PD] = RAINBOW OBSIDIAN.

AQ 415 = RAINBOW OBSIDIAN SPHERE = IMPOSSIBLE JOUISSANCE = PERMANENT ELECTRICITY = SURREALIST MANIFESTO.

AQ 340 = UNSATISFIED DESIRE = WIMSATT & BEARDSLEY.

AQ 225 = BLOG POETRY = GROUP WORK = MONKEY PANIC (bmr) = RA HOOR KHUT = RULES OF ART (Liber AL II:70. There is help & hope in other spells. Wisdom says: be strong! Then canst thou bear more joy. Be not animal; refine thy rapture! If thou drink, drink by the eight and ninety rules of art: if thou love, exceed by delicacy; and if thou do aught joyous, let there be subtlety therein!) = SIX OF DISKS (Success) = TURANGA LEELA = VIROTECHNIC.

AQ 152 = SUCCESS (Six of Disks) = NICHIREN = THERION.

AQ 137 (11) = DAIMOKU = MONKEY.

AQ 345 = ONE MILLION DAIMOKU = GUARDIAN OF THE DHARMA = THE ORGASM PROCESS (Suck me dry).

AQ 284 = MILLION DAIMOKU = GODDESS OF MERCY (Kuan Yin) = QUAN THE AM BO TAT (Vietnamese, The' Âm Bo' Tát; Goddess of Mercy) = THE LAW OF LIBER AL.

AQ 99 = DHARMA = ARIES 20° = MADDER = QABBALA = YHVH.

AQ 326 (11) = NICHIREN DAISHONIN = IUS PRIMAE NOCTIS = U.S. LAUNCH VEHICLES.

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