‘Rejoice, rejoice, we have no choice but to carry on’

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Handwritten page of a diary dated August 15, 1970

… HATE to go back to school without at least a few decent pairs of bell bottoms and a jean jacket — I needed to make some money and I mean fast. So when Paula was complaining that the new album she bought didn’t have lyrics printed inside, I told her I’d listen and copy them all down if she would throw a couple of bucks my way. She agreed to it but on the condition that I didn’t get my “grubby fingerprints” on it, and that if there was a scratch, she would kill me (and she would do it too even if I’m her only brother. Don’t doubt it for a second)

This album was called “Deja Vu” and it wasn’t exactly the easiest lyrics ever written. Like man they sing this song really fast:

“If I had ever been here before I would probably know just what to do         

Don’t you?

If I had ever been here before and another time around the wheel I would probably know just how to deal

With all of you”

I didn’t know how long this would take and really I thought about quitting. But she came in to my room to look over the pieces of notebook paper I had written so far and she said it wasn’t bad. She said maybe she could get me some more jobs like this from her friends so I said OK. But I have to think about restructuring my price. I think I’ll charge by how long it takes instead of just a flat fee per album. Groups like Crosby Stills and (whoever they all are) might end up killing my writing hand.

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