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Standing In The Shadows Of...

Posted by Jim Botticelli  September 25, 2013 04:47 PM

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A lot of people come up to me and they say, "So Jim, what was it like living in Boston, when people always had to anticipate an elevated subway train roaring by?"

For them I have a very quick and easy answer.

"It was like standing in the shadows of love," I said to them. "Getting ready for the heartache to come."
"Did you want to run but found nowhere to go," they'd ask?
I said, "Running, it ain't gonna help me now. The trains will come today and for sure come tomorrow.
And the din made all say, "Oh! The horror."
Misery was our only company. It seemed the way we were destined to be.

Didn't we do the best we could, now didn't we? Standing in the shadows of...

Special thanks to Holland-Dozier-Holland and Marlon Brando in "Apocalypse Now"

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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