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Lyric of the Week: JRZguyinLA Reprise

Standing on top of the Hollywood Bowl Overlook

Looking with rare clarity at the panorama of LA

Old Abraham must have looked like this at Sodom and Gomorrah

When he bargained for ten righteous on that fateful day

Could there be a Big One, I hear myself asking

A Big One that’ll crumble the whole city to the ground

‘Cuz G-d knows the reputation this place has in the real world

And He answers in the breeze with a still small sound

All the righteousness and spirit here will keep that from happening

All the justice and mercy will reduce the ultimate cost

But every now and then you’ll feel a jolt and a tremble

A shake, rattle, and roll to remind them Who’s Boss


Well I’m a Jersey guy

A Jersey guy in LA

Feeling the earth move under my feet

And the sky threatening to come tumbling down

I’m a Jersey guy

A Jersey guy in LA

Shorts and sandals in the November heat

Nothing like this back in my hometown

Well I’m a Jersey guy

A Jersey guy in LA

A whole different planet is what this place is

La la la, hey hey hey

I’m a Jersey guy

A Jersey guy in LA

A whole different universe compared to anyplace I’ve lived

I’m alive, I’m here, what more is there to say?


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Clear view from the Hollywood Bowl overlook
Standing on top of the Hollywood Bowl Overlook / Looking with rare clarity at the panorama of LA ...

This is the third part of the introductory suite to my projected West Coast opus, JRZguyinLA (the first part being "JRZguyinLA," the second being "east west"). It came about after a conversation I was part of during Thanksgiving dinner several months after I arrived in Los Angeles, in which another one of the guests suggested we go around the table and everyone describe an "Avraham Avinu moment," an experience similar to one of the stories told about the patriarch Abraham in the Torah. The experience I described in the first verse, in which I beheld the wide vista from the Hollywood Bowl Overlook and imagined that an Almighty hand could flatten the whole thing if desired but received reassurance that it wouldn't happen in a singular event, is the one I shared in that conversation. (The earthquake I subsequently lived through less than a year later was not a geological event.)


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