Jen Chapin — soulfully poetic urban folk music



I’ve kissed her father, met her mother, her child, her sister.

I think she’s wonderful.

Lucky in love – she married her bass player.

And her compositions seem to me as though a much older woman wrote them.


by Jen Chapin

He’s got a t-shirt
Michael Jordan on the front
he’s got knock knees
bigger than his baby face
you can’t tell
this little boy he’s not a man
no one
he’ll listen to beside his gun

He’s got
red hair that he tries to dye blue
he’s got a girlfriend
and what’s it mean to you now?
if he hits her once in a while
he ain’t got nothing else to do

he’s just a manchild

well he’s handsome and he’s got a nice car
he’s straight out smart
and he knows he could go far
but that same knowledge
is like a dark cloud
he’s got too much
he’s far too proud

He’s just a manchild

I can hear his mama crying
when you gonna go to bed?
you’re wrestling every word you ever said
to your baby
but he’s not your baby no more

school book
no job
what’s it mean to you?
too much
too little
trying to raise her baby
stay in
stay straight
bend the rules a little

no need
to ask why
he’s just a manchild oh
so strong
so silly
lots of toys to make him feel big now
you keep trying
keep trying like centuries past oh
keep trying
keep trying
I know you’ll keep on trying


Perhaps my most prized possession.

Jen signed my copy of this album as she held her baby.


Harry Chapin “Better Place To Be”

Jen Chapin covers “Into the Mystic”

I never met a Jen I didn’t like.

29 Responses to “Jen Chapin — soulfully poetic urban folk music”

  1. Troy Says:

    Ok, I’m going to, on a one time basis only, break the unwritten rule here at Rosetta Sister blog….I’m going to mention API (dodging rotten tomatos) ….I was at Free Republic blog reading comments when this gem jumped off of the page at me….It would seem that the “Chief” is at it again and this time he has a new sensational lie that he is perpetrating on the unsuspecting public….It’s a whopper!!!!

    Shocking news: Barack Obama will resign as US President on the 15th of June

    African Press International ^ | Chief Editor Korir

    Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 6:05:31 PM by mnehring

    President Obama and Mrs Clinton.

    This was not expected to happen so soon, but now it is real. Obama sources confirm that the president will resign on the 15th of June and no reason has been given to the abrubt end of his presidency.

    Many world leaders got a rude shock a few minutes ago when they got a “Top Secret” mail informing them on the intended resignation.

    Obama will attend G20 summit in the UK soon and while there, he is expected to inform world leaders about the decision to resign.

    Insiders contacted by API say Obama will resign because his push of things in Washington is not moving fast as he wanted because Washingtonians are not used to Obama’s way of handling things “quick-mannerly”.

    Observers however have a different opinion. They think Obama’s resignation is due to the fact that many are calling for his impeachment because of the way he is handling issues in the White House.

    The Democrats are reported to be in shock and although it is expected that the Vice president is to take over, there will be a battle before such a thing happens. Many Democrats would like to by-pass the constitution and elect Mrs Hillary Clinton to take over instead of Vice President Biden. They argue that Clinton got many votes and should lead the country now that Obama has decided to resign.

    Chief Editor Korir
    I haven’t read any of the comments yet posted at API, but I feel almost obligated to go over there and warn those poor folks.

  2. Troy Says:

    I noticed that the above article was posted on April 1st Day….I wonder if the Chief has a sense of humor.

  3. Troy Says:

    Andy Martin is still hard at it….I’m not very impressed by Martin, but at least he is still trying.

  4. rosettasister Says:

    Troy, you know I don’t care what you post.

    I’m always glad to see you here.


  5. rosettasister Says:

    Pat has a new remix.

    Nina Simone – Feeling Good

    It’s #3 on his playlist.

    Check it out!

    I just realized my son wrote the same as me.


  6. Troy Says:

    The British citizens have seen ENOUGH of Obama and want him gone!!!
    They don’t seem to be too impressed with our First Sasquath either. 😀

    Be sure to read some of the comments.

  7. LadyTexan Says:

    Change!… Protesters in Turkey Carry Anti-Obama Signs- Chant “Obama Go Home!” (Video)

  8. Tenacity Says:

    Troy, TRoy, TROY
    So the pumpkin head made it to Freepers. Yeah, somebody has to warn the public about that lying sack of dung. How does he come up with these whoppers that sound so good that people just want to believe it? I have to admit, I could come up with bullhockey just as good, but lack the shortage of conscience to deceive the unsuspecting. I won’t be surprised if somebody squashes that fat headed bug.

  9. Tenacity Says:

    “Gasbag in Chief”…seems a bit understated if you ask me. The Brits have a way of appearing as pompous preppies while demonstrating a naivete’ to the true darkness of the demon. We are in a vital spiritual battle here. S/Ob is just a puppet for the Luciferians. He goes on because it enables his NLP techniques. We cannot underestimate his destructiveness nor the sinister goals of his puppet masters. The time for petition is over…it is time to resist. Resistance is NOT futile…it is mandatory. If you haven’t read Graef’s post at go for it. Some of my associates provided transport for Dr. Taitz in Cincinnati. I enjoyed being on the same National Consciousness call with her on Thursday evening. What a warrior she is. I pray for her safety and continued effectiveness. She has over 300 military plaintiffs now.

  10. jrh Says:

    Folks, here’s an interview I recommend watching. It is a Bill Moyers interview whom I can’t stand so I never would have watched it without it being recommended but I’m glad I did.

    It’s a great common sense overview of the financial crisis by William Black, a former regulator during the S&L crisis. It’s worth the 30 minutes IMHO.

  11. Troy Says:

    Blago’s hair eats Joy Behar…Lmaoooo 😀

  12. CJ Says:

    I just wish someone in our camp could “procure” one, some, all of the docs, that we have been wanting since Obama declared his candidacy. There are so many ways that secret info can be gotten that I honestly don’t believe there are any documents left anywhere that could ever get into the right hands. Whoever has them, if they still exist in their original forms, is no friend of people like us who want the truth and wanted this guy stopped long ago. Anything put out now by his handlers, would be highly suspect as fraudulent. Too bad some very wealthy patriot could not have paid for investigators to go and retrieve the real documents before this plague descended on this country. Now it would be chaos of mass proportions and a real breaking of the core of the Constitution by the uneducated worshipful hoardes that support OB no matter what. I can take it and fight, but there are so many who would not. I can only hope something irrefutable proving Obama is a fraud shows up soon before we lose too much to come back from.

  13. rosettasister Says:

    Good morning, America! How are you?!

    I hadn’t seen this one yet.


    April 03, 2009

  14. rosettasister Says:

    It’s a good thing China needs the U.S. economy to heal so that we’ll start buying their products again.


    How U.S. – China Geopolitics Affect World Markets

    With China shifting its focus from exports to domestic consumption, and showing less appetite for dollars, we might be witnessing a change in the global balance of power.

    The PRC has been slightly more vocal than usual and actively exploring other areas of interest (‘spheres of influence,’ actually) from joint-ventures with Russian state-owned energy firms to African infrastructure and commodities investing.

    It has recently entered into RMB-based ‘currency swaps’ with Argentina, Belarus, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea amounting to $95 billion.

    China has also been augmenting its military budget and acquiring advanced technologies that it can integrate into weapons systems.

    Its military expenditures now account for 2.8 of GDP (growing 10 percent annually ).

    Also, it has demonstrated a quasi-protectionist orientation in recent months, restricting cross-border M&A activity

    (blocking the KO-CYUNF.PK)

    and agitating for a ‘radical re-think’ of the international system.

    Bank Chief Zhou XiaoChuan recently remarked that he favors an ‘international currency’ such as the SDR to eventually replace the dollar.


    China’s suggestion of moving toward a currency system linked to the International Monetary Fund’s Strategic Drawing Rights

    Special Drawing Rights are a basket of currencies comprised of the dollar, the yen and the euro.

    (I don’t know if there’s a difference between “strategic” and “special” drawing rights.)

    See also:

    Global Dollar Paranoia Building Gold Demand

  15. rosettasister Says:


    April 03, 2009

    House, Senate seek final budget compromise

  16. rosettasister Says:


    Stuart Varney: President Obama looking to nationalize banking system


    Obama Wants to Control the Banks

    There’s a reason he refuses to accept repayment of TARP money.

  17. rosettasister Says:

    Here’s the Politico article made reference to in video above:

    Inside Obama’s bank CEOs meeting

    JPMorgan’s Dimon spoke first. He began by complimenting the president on the economic team he’d assembled. And he said his industry needs to explain more directly to the American people that the economic recovery plans are already working. Dimon also insisted that he’d like to give the government’s TARP money back as soon as practical, and asked the president to “streamline” that process.

    But Obama didn’t like that idea — arguing that the system still needs government capital.
    The president offered an analogy: “This is like a patient who’s on antibiotics,” he said. “Maybe the patient starts feeling better after a couple of days, but you don’t stop taking the medicine until you’ve finished the bottle.” Returning the money too early, the president argued could send a bad signal.

    Several CEOs disagreed, arguing instead that returning TARP money was their patriotic duty, that they didn’t need it anymore, and that publicity surrounding the return would send a positive signal of confidence to the markets.

    Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis cracked a joke at the expense of his peers who’d lavished praise on the administration: “Mr. President,” he said, “I’m not going to suck up to Geithner and Summers like the other CEOs here have.” Lewis also urged the president not to paint all the banks with the same broad brush.

    (I like this Ken Lewis guy!)

  18. rosettasister Says:

    On CNN, Obama Advisor Hits Cheney: Not a ‘Statesman’ (Skips Gore’s Attacks on Bush)

    (President Clinton just as guilty as Gore. And what about Obama’s thinly-veiled references to Bush. Obama needs to grow up.)

  19. rosettasister Says:

    Budget Gimmicks (Cont’d) – From that Republican Rag The Washington Post

    The House and Senate pile on the chicanery to mask the growing debt.

    Sunday, April 5, 2009; A18


    The Senate did not include reconciliation instructions, the process that makes legislation filibuster-proof.

    The House did, hoping to facilitate passage of health-care reform, even in the face of warnings by senators from both parties, including Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), one of the original authors of the procedure, that such an effort to marginalize the minority would make health-care reform more difficult.

    The Senate also indicated its preference for a larger estate tax exemption and lower rate than are in the Obama budget or the House version, as well as rejecting a reasonable plan supported by Mr. Obama to ask high-income seniors to pay more for Medicare prescription drugs.

    Rarely has there been a moment in history where responsible budgeting has been more critical for laying out a rational plan for the government to navigate tricky economic, financial, and fiscal challenges while simultaneously reassuring global credit markets that the United States is a safe place to invest.

    Yet all of these budgets fall short.

  20. rosettasister Says:

    Reconciliation Instructions

    Prospects for Reform

    The Washington Post

    reports the resolutions “would permit work to begin on the central goals of Obama’s presidency,” including an expansion of health care coverage for the uninsured (Montgomery, Washington Post, 4/3). However, according to the New York Times,

    “[the fact that] no House or Senate Republican joined Democrats and that Republicans heaped such tough criticism on the spending proposals made clear that enacting the various overhaul bills would be difficult” (Hulse, New York Times, 4/3).

    According to the Post, the largest dispute between the House and Senate is whether to include budget reconciliation instructions to move health care legislation in the final compromise resolution (Washington Post, 4/3).

    According to the Washington Times, Democrats have indicated that they likely will include reconciliation instructions in a final House-Senate compromise resolution (Washington Times, 4/3).

    McClatchy/Miami Herald

    on Thursday examined budget reconciliation and its potential use in health care reform (Lightman, McClatchy/Miami Herald, 4/2).

  21. rosettasister Says:

    Sunday, April 5, 2009

    New Media Alliance Television (NMATV) Releases Daring Film: “Barak Obama Vs. The Law” Today

    New Media Alliance Television (NMA TV – ) announced the launch today of its daring new film, “Barak Obama vs. The Law.”

    In the film, controversial Attorneys Dr. Orly Taitz, Mario Apuzzo, and New York City’s WOR talk show host Steve Malzberg make the case questioning Barack Obama and his constitutional eligibility for the presidency of the United States.

    View the Trailer here:–PPV-trailer

    View the film here:

  22. rosettasister Says:

    Who knew?!

    Those of us who read ‘The Obama File’, by our fellow FReeper, Beckwith, knew this long ago.

    Pay special attention to the ‘Islam’ and ‘Religion’ sections.

    The United States Library of Congress has selected for inclusion in its historic collections of Internet materials

    9 posted on Monday, April 06, 2009 11:56:34 AM by patriot08

  23. rosettasister Says:


  24. zenstorm Says:

    SSSooooo…..Obama told the evil bankers that if they do not accept the stimulus money they will be audited….AEI MEVER WANTED ANY OF ‘OUR MONEY’ they were forced to take the money, blackmailed by obama himself
    also when asked to pay the money back mr obama himself said,,,”boys, My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks”


    LASTLY FEMA CAMPS DEBUNKED AGAIN ON BECK….tapes of concentration camps made by woman involved with Timmothy MCVay militias

  25. rosettasister Says:

    zenstorm Says:
    April 6, 2009 at 9:46 pm


    Hey, zen!

    Best to your family.

    Don’t forget to email me your true story when you have a moment’s peace.

    That is if it’s okay that I publish it here.

    BTW, does it involve extraterrestrials?!

    Enquiring minds want to know!


  26. igaveup Says:


    how much do you think that sammy had to drink before the latest story?

    i haven’t been to his “news site” for a couple months now.

  27. rosettasister Says:

    igaveup Says:
    April 6, 2009 at 10:52 pm


    how much do you think that sammy had to drink before the latest story?


    hey, I resemble that remark!

    So funny!!!

  28. rosettasister Says:

    Good evening and good night, good people!

    New Thread:

  29. zenstorm Says:

    but……looks as if there is a government run concentration camp out there somewhere, but we have to stay tuned for next show to be informed… the way they TAG you to come back, pain in the butt. theres always a leader on tv, some tease to keep you coming back, rarely do they complete a story…..”up next, ill finish my sentence”. thats how it feels watching the tube of boobs!!!!
    There so busy telling you whats on next that they never get a full story

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