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A father takes his son, newly returned from the war in Vietnam, to see Muhammad Ali fight Jerry Quarry at Atlanta Municipal Auditorium in October, 1970. It was Ali’s first fight since being banned from boxing and stripped of his heavyweight title for refusing the draft and rejecting the war.

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You talk to yourself
If you think no one is watching
And it makes me want to take you in hand
And tell you again
You’re safe and you’re home
But that just makes you angry
So I leave you alone

To fight off the bad angels
Who came back beside you
Whispering their sneaky deceits
‘til you do I’m just happy
‘cause you’re sitting here with me
At the Muni, watching Quarry fight Ali

He’s been away, too
I know not like you were
But he’s fit, still pretty, and whole
Said he didn’t have a quarrel
With those folks over there
Well you didn’t either
Now I wish you’d not gone

To that jungle that took you
And made you more hard
Than you ever should have needed to be
But we’re far from the worst
‘cause you’re sitting here with me
At the Muni, watching Quarry fight Ali

And I’m not scared to open the papers anymore
Or watch the news on my TV set.
I don’t flinch anymore
With every knock on the door
But that doesn’t mean that I can forget

Did he have someone there
Telling him not to go
Stay here to fight for what you believe
That should have been me
It was my job to protect you
Now I curse at my weakness
Every time I look at you

And see how you’ll never be
The way that you were
When you talked and you laughed easily
So I’m relieved but I mourn
I know I’ll never forgive me
At the Muni, watching Quarry fight Ali
God, I’m so glad you’re here
But I know I’ll never forgive me
At the Muni, watching Quarry fight Ali

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The Little Miracles of Misanthropy Tempe

The Little Miracles of Misanthropy is Tempe, AZ singer/songwriter Ben Jacobs. Ben writes and performs thought provoking, indie-folk driven acoustic music that explores nature, history, literature, and the simple struggle to be good humans.

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