Thursday, September 25, 2008


During the American Civil War,
soldiers were given
a choice as part of their personal rations:
Either eight pounds of ground roasted coffee,

or ten pounds of green coffee beans.

Our town, many moons ago.
Station and people no longer here.

I am poor and naked,

but I am the Chief of the Nation.

We do not want riches,

but we do want to train our children right.

Riches would do us no good.

We could not take them with us

to the other world.

We do not want riches.

We want Peace and Love.

Red Cloud

People Are Talking - Mickey Newbury


tony said...

We Dont Have To Worry About Bush Stealing Red Clouds Speech.

R.L. Bourges said...

great song.

Kurt said...

I would take the ground roasted coffee, because who has time to roast and grind their coffee while fighting a war?

Bob Dylan said...

Kurt, there's lots of boring "down time" in a war. People sitting around smoking, wishing they had a cup of coffee... I'd take the un-roasted beans and my trusty old coffeepot and a lot of matches.

Love the cafe sign .

Squirrel said...

Your "Our town many moons ago..." got me thinking.... about our Depot Street with no Depot anymore. (or No depot no mo )

I didn't think I really had a post for Nyack and Trains, but I did after all and just posted it.


Merle Sneed said...

Great song link. I've been to Flagstaff many times, it has lost a bit of it's mountain small town-ness lately. For years it centered around downtown and the depot.

Wanderer said...

I've never heard of Mickey Newbury, Good song.

Red Cloud really was a smart guy. All the riches in the world won't make better children.

Coffee Messiah said...

tony: Ain't that the truth! ; (

rlb: Thanks 4 listening.

kurt: see below

bd: I'm with you, nothing like freshly roasted coffee to look forward to while writing that letter home or whatever. BTW, Kurt did not realize you received more un-roasted coffee. Who could turn down extra coffee and not want to roast? ; )

squirrel: There's lots of "no mo" these days. ; (

merle: I read this coffee shop is damn good.

liberator: Oh you've at least heard his songs, although maybe sang by others.

Joanne said...

Is that snow on the coffee shop awning in Arizona?

Coffee Messiah said...

joanne: Very observant, yes indeed!

Anil P said...

Those steam engines were quite a sight. If not for the pollution I would've wanted them right back.

Have they retained some of the old stations as heritage structures?

Joanne said...

I was a little surprised to see snow in AZ?

Coffee Messiah said...

anil p: Sadly, not here. Some towns do. Old photographs are helpful to see and appreciate this mode of transportation. When younger I was on a steam engine train and the smoke and blowing cinders added to the experience.

joanne: When I was a kid in Daly City, Ca, S of San Francisco, we had snow in the 60s that stayed on the ground for at least a day. Amazing when it does happen where you least expect it.

Anonymous said...

Great post, Coffee, presented by a great man.

If all Americans were like you, America would be a beacon on an emerald hill instead of an ugly stain at the bottom of a rocky abyss!

Cheers my friend.

Coffee Messiah said...

david: It's hard to keep going despite all the BS around us. But we must persevere, mustn't we? !

Cheers back to you and yours!