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RAPPORT I MAY BE A LITTLE BETTER AT I MAY BE A LITTLE BETTER AT VERBS, BUT THEY’RE BETTER AT VERBS, BUT THEY’RE BETTER AT TINKERING WITH CARBURETORS

TINKERING WITH CARBURETORS THEY WERE SO THEY WERE SO WITH CARB RAY TORS WITH CARB RAY TORS THEY’RE GOOD ABOUT SHARING SOME THEY’RE GOOD ABOUT SHARING SOME DIFFICULT STORIES THAT ENABLED DIFFICULT STORIES THAT ENABLED US TO TELL THE STORY OF THE US TO TELL THE STORY OF THE DISINTEGRATION OF WORKING CLASS DISINTEGRATION OF WORKING CLASS AMERICA PARTLY THROUGH THE KIDS AMERICA PARTLY THROUGH THE KIDS ON MY OLD SCHOOL BUS ON MY OLD SCHOOL BUS

>> COULD YOU SEE IT WHEN YOU >> COULD YOU SEE IT WHEN YOU WERE ON THAT SCHOOL BUS? WERE ON THAT SCHOOL BUS? >> NO, ALI >> NO, ALI THAT WAS THE THING THAT WAS THE THING WE WERE — AT THAT TIME LIFE HAD WE WERE — AT THAT TIME LIFE HAD IMPROVED SO MUCH IN MY COMMUNITY IMPROVED SO MUCH IN MY COMMUNITY AND INDEED FOR MUCH OF AMERICA

AND INDEED FOR MUCH OF AMERICA SO FAMILIES AND, YOU KNOW, SO FAMILIES AND, YOU KNOW, SOARED SOARED THEY HAD BOUGHT THEIR HOMES THEY HAD BOUGHT THEIR HOMES

THEY HAD GOOD UNION JOBS THEY HAD GOOD UNION JOBS EVERYBODY WAS SURE THAT THE KIDS EVERYBODY WAS SURE THAT THE KIDS WOULD LIVE BETTER LIVES WOULD LIVE BETTER LIVES WE TELL THE STORY IN TIGHTROPE WE TELL THE STORY IN TIGHTROPE OF THIS FAMILY THAT GOT ON THE OF THIS FAMILY THAT GOT ON THE BUS RIGHT AFTER I DID

BUS RIGHT AFTER I DID THE ELDEST KID WAS MY GRADE THE ELDEST KID WAS MY GRADE THEN THERE WERE FOUR MORE THEN THERE WERE FOUR MORE

AND WHEN THE DAD HAD A JOB AND WHEN THE DAD HAD A JOB LAYING PIPE, THE MOM HAD A JOB LAYING PIPE, THE MOM HAD A JOB DRIVING A TRACTOR DRIVING A TRACTOR WHEN FARLAND TURNED 16, HE GOT A WHEN FARLAND TURNED 16, HE GOT A FORD MUSTANG FORD MUSTANG WE WERE ALL JEALOUS

WE WERE ALL JEALOUS AND THEN FARLAND DIED OF THE AND THEN FARLAND DIED OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL CONSEQUENCES OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE USE ROGINA DIED OF HEPATITIS LINKED ROGINA DIED OF HEPATITIS LINKED TO DRUG USE TO DRUG USE

ZELAN DIED IN A HOUSE FIRE WHEN ZELAN DIED IN A HOUSE FIRE WHEN HE WAS PASSED OUT DRUNK HE WAS PASSED OUT DRUNK AND NATHAN BLEW HIMSELF UP AND NATHAN BLEW HIMSELF UP MAKING METH MAKING METH AND THE YOUNGEST SURVIVED AND THE YOUNGEST SURVIVED BECAUSE HE SPENT 13 YEARS IN A BECAUSE HE SPENT 13 YEARS IN A STATE PENITENTIARY

STATE PENITENTIARY >> WOW >> WOW >> THERE WERE TWO FAMILIES AND >> THERE WERE TWO FAMILIES AND ANOTHER FAMILY THAT HAD FIVE ANOTHER FAMILY THAT HAD FIVE KIDS THAT WERE ON MY BUS KIDS THAT WERE ON MY BUS

AND IN BOTH CASES, FOUR OF THE AND IN BOTH CASES, FOUR OF THE FIVE ARE NOW DEAD FIVE ARE NOW DEAD >> IT’S AMAZING

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