My Wallpaper

I used this same picture for a JusJoJan prompt this year, when the topic was a picture.  I titled it Desperados  and I mentioned that I don’t take a lot of pictures.  My first thought was the Ringo Starr song ‘Photograph’, but I knew that I could come up with something better.  I thought of the Elvis song ‘Jail House Rock’, because this picture was taken inside of the police station while we were waiting for Danny to be processed for possession of marijuana.  I thought of the Grateful Dead song ‘Truckin’’, because in that song they sing about getting busted.  I thought about the Sam Cooke song ‘Chain Gang’, or the Pretenders song ‘Back on the Chain Gang’ but neither one seemed right.  I thought about the Clash song ‘I Fought the Law’, but the law didn’t win, because we bailed ourselves out and made it to the concert, so this song would not work.  I guess I could have gone with the Merl Haggard song ‘Mama Tried’, because if I was a good kid, then I would never have gotten into any trouble, but where is the fun in that.  Finally, I came upon the Paul McCartney tune ‘Band on the Run’ and that seemed to fit perfectly, because it starts out sad “stuck inside these four walls” which we were after being arrested.  Eddie paid the bail for Danny’s marijuana charges and me being arrested for having open containers of alcohol in a vehicle and it felt like, “the rain exploded with a mighty crash, we fell into the sun”, and I knew we were going to the concert to have a lot of fun.  We were a band of friends and we had good times together and now I use this picture as the wallpaper for my monitor.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is to find the closest picture to you and then come up with the title and/or the lyrics of the first song that comes to mind when you look at the picture.  I probably screwed the pooch on this one, as I went through seven songs, before I found the right one.

13 thoughts on “My Wallpaper

  1. I don’t think I knew this was taken at the police station. You all look pretty relaxed and happy for being arrested! Band on the Run is the perfect title for this picture, Jim. You look like a bad boy in this picture, the kind I always fell for.

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      1. Ah, that explains it. This was after bail was posted. Some cops would have held you until the concert was over “to teach you a lesson.” You’re lucky. Glad you got to see the show.

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  2. I remember this picture…Who took your picture at the jail? Did one of you have a camera?

    Who did you see in concert after this?

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      1. The first day that I got my drivers permit, I had five guys packed into my VW bug and I went out on the highway in the rain. We had a case of beer, a water pipe and several joints were being assed around, so I kind of learned how to drive in a trail by fire.

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