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Guess what I got in the mail on Saturday? I'll bet you didn't guess it was the new Waybacks CD! It is good, too, although not The Perfect Album that Devolver is. It's close, though--the only thing missing is the surprise prize at the bottom. I was really hoping for one. Instead, they set it right up at the top:


You can tell it to your momma, you can tell it to your diary:
Another man done gone, another man done set himself free.
I took the money and the funnies and the Gibson, left the tv on.
Bad dream, a primal scream, a head of steam and color me gone.

Move over, Mr. Robbins, Mr. Steadman, Mr. Cassady.
I put a checkmark by Salinas, got a thumbtack in Tehachapi.
Let my soap-stealin, double-dealin old life go to rust.
A battle cry, wave goodbye, leave my demons in the dust.

All alive, all on the inside
We've got a brother or two from Old Siam
We've got Tammy from Miami; she got nothin to hide
We've got geeks and freaks for weeks here, folks but you ain't seen nuthin til you've marveled at the Petrified man

Petrified man, petrified man, come be astounded by the petrified man
Petrified man, petrified man

I put on some Bobby Dylan so I would not feel so all alone.
And the last thing I remembered was a ringing on the telephone.
Was it Medusa in the back seat, demons on the last heat? Damned if I could tell you, son.
My lips are sealed, blood congealed, my race is run.

You got a stone heart in a bone cage
Just a tank or two from where it all began
You got a different kind of road rage
Now he's stone age--
Folks, a life well lived includes a trip to see the petrified man

Petrified man, petrified man, gonna come and get you just as slow as he can
Petrified man, petrified man

[Whoop-de-doo, it's showtime, folks. All alive, all on the inside, nothing fake, stuffed or modified. Step right this way. You'll see Radian the half-man, he slithers, he slinks, he crawls on his belly like a reptile. Smokes a cigarette the way you and I never would, folks. You'll see the petrified man--no, Doctor, don't bring that hideous thing out here on stage ... 'til more people have a chance to get into the big tent!]

Well I'm a cautionary tale for all the kiddies on the big yellow bus.
Sister Malaprop tells them for the grace of God there goes us.
Is a still life still life? The question plagues me night and day.
I'm a four-door fossil, I'm Hamlet in a Chevrolet.

Petrified man, petrified man--
Don't take him for granite, he's the petrified man
Petrified man, petrified man
He's very stationary, he's the petrified man

Petrified man, petrified man, gonna come and get you just as slow as he can
Petrified man, petrified man, come be astounded by the petrified man


Now I see that they are playing back-to-back at two spots in August that are only a heckuva drive away and one is BIKESTOCK! I predict that I will be attending this and the show in Charlottesville the next night. Anyone who wants to come along is more than welcome. I think there's a show in Richmond I can make, too, mid-week mid-July. That should hold me until Winfield.

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