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I Went To The Hospital

I dare not cough
Nor breathe deep
There’s been a pain in my chest for nearly a week
I want to be famous for falling in love
I went to the hospital
They put me in a bed
Because I always do
What my mother says
Why should I lie
About results of a test?

I may soon be gone
To pluck on a harp
Like those colored pencil portraits of dogs
We saw on a blue tarp
But I spotted a damsel if memory serves
I went to the hospital
They put me in a bed
I always do what my mother says
Why should I lie about results of a test?

So.
Who is your provider?
Uh.
Where’d you get that bread?
Is it dying that terrified you?
Or Just being dead?
We are living in an era of kings
I went to the hospital
They put me in a bed
I always do what my mother says
Why should I lie about results of a test?

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Bobby, King of Boys Town

You ain’t gonna pin it on me
I don’t wanna hear your sermon
Can shave in three stokes
An spit like hypodermic
Can dance like the dickens
Ain’t a man alive I fear
You would not dare insult me
If Brother Jack was here
Where’d you learn to smoke?
Cause you’re doing it all wrong
The next plane to Honolulu
Is what I’ll be on God bless Father Flanagan
The movies is bologna
Newspaper/Magazine
Cigarette/Candy
You say you’re 14
You certainly don’t look it
The straight world is ANYTHING BUT
In fact, it’s rather crooked
I’m getting out of Omaha
An that’s for sure
Cause the people bark about me
Like I reversed the sin on murder
Bobby, King of Boys Town

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What Isn’t Nature

O Beautiful Day!
There’s mosquitoes about!
If they’re not sucking
They’re spitting my blood out
Follow the virus
It’s a bird in it’s nest
It’s just doing what it does best
What Isn’t Nature
Love is
Vengeance is
The overdosed hippie girl in the port-o-potty is
Sure, there is plenty of ugly things around
But that does not mean
There is no common ground
What isn’t Nature
There is a nature to all things
There’s nothing wrong with love
Have some humility

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Aids In Africa

Yes. AIDS in Africa
And cancer back home
The Season of Giving is nigh
A war is on, Lady
Lady, a war is on
AIDS in Africa

Old-language whisper by the bonny banks
Survivor cells are chanting ALI BUMAYAY
Ave Maria, Lady
Lady, Ave Maria
AIDS in Africa

Here Ye Here Ye Happy Valley Citizen
Shake It Shake It Now Scream
Hallelujah, Lady
Lady, Hallelujah
AIDS in Africa

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A Comedian Is Someone Who Tells Jokes

I spend my days shaking hands
Forgetting names, recycling cans: a comedian

There’s trouble in our nation’s capitol
My blues are black, my belly’s full
A comedian is someone who tells jokes

It’s lunchtime fix a pal a drink
It’s nap-time paint the casket pink

Gut thee from me all half-wit-dim-wit souls
Happy Hanukkah. Ho-ho-ho
A comedian is someone who tells jokes

I wrote a check to save a whale
And like I said it’s in the mail
A comedian is someone who tells jokes

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Gee, It’s Good to Be Back Home

Two Dutch uncles, to say the least
A treed coon and winged beast
I gasped, I clasped
But I passed the stone
Gee, it’s good to be back home

Friends chipped in for a tin canteen
Just in time for Halloween
Don’t eat, don’t sleep
Or drink the foam
Gee, it’s good to be back home

The lights of some far-off refinery
An Eldridge Cleaver forgery
Upstairs who cares your hair has grown
Gosh, it’s good to be back home

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Meet Me Here At Dawn

The empty tank is US
Expired milk is US
This is a test of truss
Better meet me here at dawn

Hop the wooden fence
Run past the sleeping hens
If you had any sense
You’d meet me here at dawn

Find the memory erase it from your mind
Just give it up
Our friends and family will all get left behind
Just give them up

I’m gone as light is shot
Where you come or not
I think you know you ought
To meet me here at dawn

Find the memory confront it like a crime
Beat it up
Your clothes and precious things will all get left behind
Give them up

Forget the painful past
Let go of all you grasp
This is the last I’ll ask
To meet me here at dawn

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When The Bible Was Wrote

Cast out of Eden/tricked by a snake
Brother killing brother/the mighty flood’s wake
Glad I was not among
Those kept off that boat
Boy, they was much badder times
When the Bible was wrote
Then come slavery/then come curse
Then come death-cloud/for the first birth
Glad I was not living
I don’t mean to gloat
But Boy! they was much badder times
When the Bible was wrote
Deceived with a kiss/Peter denies
The crowd calls to Pilate/thorns cover hist eyes
Jesus is crucified
And I do quote
Boy they was much badder times
When the bible was wrote

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My Pilgrim Dear

Worried man, worried woman, worried child, worried dog
Afghanistan was the last hurrah
I remember it clearly: it was Ramadan
There were fat men everywhere
Fat man on a bike. fat man on a lawn chair
My Pilgrim Dear. I won’t interfere with you
What a wicked thing to do!
I was having a drink from the salty water fountain
The ceremony had already begun
When I turn ten Pop says he’ll buy me a gun
And lalalalalalalalalalalalalala
Was all you could say
I dream of pianos. big ones
My Pilgrim Dear.
I won’t interfere with you
What a wicked thing to do!

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Bedding Down Post-XmasTime

Bedding down post-Xmastime
I see your eyes, you don’t see mine
You got me wrong. again
I ai idle teardrop-led
Don’t want to control your head
You got me wrong. again
X-ray scan studies have shown
I no jealous bone
This is half-lie
You got me wrong. again

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My Master

I heard my Master spoke with your Master
I wonder what for?
Was it in commerce?
Very odd. isn’t it?
Very odd indeed
Did you happen to see if my Master
Had a happy or angry look on his face?
Oh, you didn’t
Silvy told me my master came calling
First thing after breakfast
And they were both wearing common coats
And they greeted each other with friendship
And quickly went to your Master’s office
And they been in that office all day
Can you imagine?
I sure can
You just got to wonder what they’re talking about
I got enough worries and now this!
Silvy seemed worried, too
Aren’t you?
What does this mean?
I suppose we’ll find out soon enough
Lord have mercy

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