I've Seen the BesT Minds of My Generation

I've seen the best minds of my generation.

Kickin' glorious incantations retracing the

Birth of the American avant-garde

Back to the days of playin' bebop

Jazz at the Village Vanguard.

Saxophone riffs by Charlie Parker,

Coleman Hawkins, Miles Davis,

the jazz was loud & the horns shroud in

The nocturnal now, audible sound

Gaining ground, searchin' for the truth

in a zoot suit or singing the blues

like Lady Day & now I am alive

kickin' jive like Cab Calloway.

I've seen the best minds of my generation.

It hurts it's so beautiful

That universal, soulful, multicultural

Emerging worldwide tribe people.

Creating art in Warhol's factory,

or Ginsberg howlin' in North Beach.

To the hipsters in Harlem & Haight Ashburry

dancin' to Afro-Latin Salsa,

meditating with Zen Bodhisativas

or levitating into space with Sun Ra & now I

make the consonants crack like Jack Kerouac.

I've seen the best minds of my generation.

From Basquiat to coldwater flats,

Don't you worry about a thing

John I'm only dancing

to the beats of this beat generation,

Beats, beats, beats, all I'm hearin' is beats,

the beat box, the beat don't stop

The new beat generation rocks pops, drops

Jungle, hip-hop, drum & bass, Ambient, trance,

Hearin' House music, reveling in the break beat

I'm hearin' beats in my sleep

I've seen the best minds of my generation

Dancin' feverishly to the cosmic tunes of Jamiroquai,

rockin' out to Roni Size,

Soakin' up the Radiohead vibe,

lovers kissing to the sounds of Jill Scott,

got people playin' Mental hopscotch

like Horace Tapscott,

makin' the mic hot like Gil Scott-Heron

Word bombs. The South Side of Chicago

belongs to Common, like I love

Badu, Bjork & the Roots,

Nothing matters but the music,

Euphoric horns from Fela Kuti

I've seen the best minds of my generation

Rockin' glorious incantations

Like Saul Williams' coded language.

The rebirth of bop is bringing rhapsodic odes,

Poems prose flows, celebratin' word religion

I've seen the best minds of my generation

Bringing new sound at da' poetry lounge

Shinin' so bright we don't need lights.

The emerging superstars of the new

American avant-garde are visionary vanguards

Questing for satori through art music & poetry.

Poet painter musicians,

I've seen the best minds of my generation.

 

Creating art in Warhol's factory,

or Ginsberg howlin' in North Beach.

To the hipsters in Harlem & Haight Ashburry

dancin' to Afro-Latin Salsa,

meditating with Zen Bodhisativas

or levitating into space with Sun Ra & now I

make the consonants crack like Jack Kerouac.

I've seen the best minds of my generation.

From Basquiat to coldwater flats,

Don't you worry about a thing

John I'm only dancing

to the beats of this beat generation,

Beats, beats, beats, all I'm hearin' is beats,

the beat box, the beat don't stop

The new beat generation rocks pops, drops

Jungle, hip-hop, drum & bass, Ambient, trance,

Hearin' House music, reveling in the break beat

I'm hearin' beats in my sleep

I've seen the best minds of my generation

Dancin' feverishly to the cosmic tunes of Jamiroquai,

rockin' out to Roni Size,

Soakin' up the Radiohead vibe,

lovers kissing to the sounds of Jill Scott,

got people playin' Mental hopscotch

like Horace Tapscott,

makin' the mic hot like Gil Scott-Heron

Word bombs. The South Side of Chicago

belongs to Common, like I love

Badu, Bjork & the Roots,

Nothing matters but the music,

Euphoric horns from Fela Kuti

I've seen the best minds of my generation

Rockin' glorious incantations

Like Saul Williams' coded language.

The rebirth of bop is bringing rhapsodic odes,

Poems prose flows, celebratin' word religion

I've seen the best minds of my generation

Bringing new sound at da' poetry lounge

Shinin' so bright we don't need lights.

The emerging superstars of the new

American avant-garde are visionary vanguards

Questing for satori through art, music & poetry.

Poet painter musicians,

I've seen the best minds of my generation.