Captain Kirk blew my mind with Has Been

William Shatner turned 86 today and it seemed like the perfect time to write about his mind blowing album called Has Been. It was 2004 and I was perusing The Toaster and they started talking about music. Someone I respected suggested that they listen to the new album by Shatner called Has Been. I remember snorting to myself when I read that but more and more comments kept suggesting it was great.

I said what the hell and bought the CD and plunked it in. I’d never heard Common People before, it was a cover, and I loved it. Absolutely loved it.  It is on my playlist called good stuff.

The rest of the LP never hits the high notes of Common People but the song Has Been struck a core with me and resonates even more today as Never Done Jack tries to bring down those who try.

(Has Been)
(Has Been)
(Has Been)

You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?
You calling me has been?
What’d you say your name is?

(Never Done Jack)

Glad to meet ya. Who’s your friend?

(Don’t Say Dick)

What do ya know. And you friend,
what’s your handle?

(Two-Thumbs Don)

Riding on their armchairs,
they dream of wealth and fame.
Fear is their companion,
Nintendo is their game.
Never Done Jack and Two-Thumbs Don
and side-kick Don’t Say Dick
will laugh at others failures
though they have not done shit.

I heard of you, the ready made
connecting with the ever ready.
Yeah, never was talking about
Still trying. I got it.
Forever better gossiping about
never say die.

May I inquire about what
you’ve been doing, mister..

(Never done jack)

And you, partner, what’s the
news of the world, Dick?

(I don’t say dick)

Don, of all the people,
you must be the tattler.

(Two-thumbs up)

What are you afraid of, failure?
So am I.

(Has been)
(Has been)

Has been implies failure. Not so.

(Has been)

Has been’s history. Has been, was.

(Has been)

Has been, might again.



1 Comment

  1. 68elcamino427


    Loved this then
    Even more now


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