Friday, March 03, 2006

"Atchison" Release

I've struggled all week with the release of On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe, and I might as well have been struggling with Jacob's angel. The thing simply refused to yield an inch. I tried taking care of the sounds, but the sense wouldn't take care of itself; I tried making sense, but no sounds would come. This, then, is all I have to show for it (along with the rest of the lyric, as she now stands):

When Al Qaeda bombs the Pentagon,
Celebrities will organize a telethon—
But September 12th, they'll be on their way
Back to Aspen and Tahiti—and to St. Tropez.

When the market outlook’s none too good,
There’s cheery camaraderie in Hollywood,
Just as long as things still are A-OK
Back in Aspen and Tahiti—and in St. Tropez.

Holy crumbs!
When a movie crew laments, "Boo-hoo"—
Hey, Jim! You bet the game is rigged.
Cock-a-doodle-doo! I never knew
That stars were good at showing off.
Well, I'll be jigged!

When Katrina wipes out New Orleans,
The movie stars‘ll rally ‘round with pork-and-beans;
But they hoard foie gras and crème brûlée
Back in Aspen and Tahiti—
Far away from all graffiti—
Back in Aspen and Tahiti—and in St. Tropez.

Lyric © 2006 Nathaniel DesH. Petrikov, and I'll bet he was glad to get rid of it


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