A Tribute to Rodriquez and his Rich Folks Hoax

Humanity succeeded at nothing quite as well as setting the limitations to live within the frames of picture perfect dreams painted for ourselves. Much like pictures painted on a pallet made from expectations and ultimately judged by the self–created segmentation of what we now call establishment. An Establishment we ourselves then raised up so high that everything we painted becomes everything we preach and teach … is somewhat always just out of reach.

As you take a walk through the gallery of the human race. Painting after painting on your journey you’ll find the same old story that is nothing other than what was told in a song by Rodriques called RICH FOLKS HOAX.

The message through its lyrics speaks a truth that hits the spot on the dot and grabs hold of your gut. The almost simple yet perfectly arranged melody captures the truth so pure that every picture that every human so uniquely painted almost looks obscure. As they speak one story that stands out strong … though painted by different people, times and places, there’s but one story painted, one story told in one song.

Sung by a man I believe to be one of humanity’s most humble of the humble, as is evident in the award winning tale ‘searching for sugar man’.  … and captured in one song there is a truth so profound resembling all of humanity and all that we are … where the human meets truth … and the truth is the ‘rich folks hoax’.  

‘The moon is hanging in the purple sky
The baby's sleeping while its mother sighs
Talking 'bout the rich folks
Rich folks have the same jokes
And they park in basic places.

The priest is preaching from a shallow grave
He counts his money, then he paints you saved
Talking to the young folks
Young folks share the same jokes
But they meet in older places.

The sun is shining, as it's always done

Coffin dust is the fate of everyone
Talking 'bout the rich folks
The poor create the rich hoax

And only late breast-fed fools believe it.
So don't tell me about your success
Nor your recipes for my happiness
Smoke in bed
I never could digest

Those illusions you claim to have going.’

Today we find nothing has changed. As we grow and learn, as the world we live in keeps changing our humans still paints our perfect pictures. We want more and more… the perfect pictures we paint sadly revolves around humanity’s self.. our greed us, me myself and I ...and so,  'those illusions we claim to have going' remains at the core …
of one story… one song…. painted over and over and over by
the rich folks, the young folks and the poor folks that create the rich hoax
they just hang in different places!!!

‘So don’t tell me about your success, 
nor your recipe for my happiness’
 Lyrics : Sixto Rodriques - Rich Folks Hoax - 1970 – The Cold Fact
Written by:  Heidi Stassen©


When I look at you, I see your power…
I see things you don't seem to… I see all of you!

In my million mile fall from grace …
you caught me just in time.
restored my faith in the human race ….
my earth-angel so divine.

You built a highway to the sky
with all the tears I had to cry,
bought back the wings of the butterfly
And taught me again how to fly high

You painted me a rainbow
of love trust and hope
far greater than the beauty
of the most magnificent kaleidoscope.

Only you can make me shine
brighter than the brightest stars…
only you could guide me to where
my Venus meets your Mars!

The four rooms of my heart are filled with your charm,
your character, your charisma, your caring self… your calm
your unconditional love holds total control …
of all of my body, my mind and soul.

If somebody needs you, you always come through.
You let nobody down…You never let me down!

When I look at you, I see your power…
and I see things you don’t seem to,
I see all of you…
and all of me can’t help but to love you!

It’s only words, but words are all I have to tell you …
How can I ever thank you?
How can I show you? 
Without you, I wouldn’t have been able to...  

I love you!
©Inked by HHH






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