City of Joyful Dread

I caught a fever, a holy fire

Month: November, 2018

Black History

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you talk to me about
black history
but you think Mick Jagger wrote
“Midnight Rambler”

but he did
but he did

I’m making 1969 in my basement
I’m singing the white blues in my soul
we got a party goin’ on down here
round midnight

outside the economists are burning down Detroit
everything is dark except the past
you said, somebody woke up Jim Crow
& he can’t stop dancing

Image: “Mr. Prejudice,” Horace Pippin (1888-1946), (c) 1943.

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Low at Underground Arts, 11/10/2018

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Me to meathead checking IDs at door: “Is it sold out?”
Him: “Uh I don’t think so”
Me: “I get tickets downstairs?”
Him: “Yeah”
(I start to walk downstairs)
Him: “You have a ticket?”
Me: “That’s what I’m going downstairs to get”
Him: ” “

Cracker King

Crown Elvis

come on everybody do the twist & stomp
come on everybody do the twist & stomp
tell em, womp womp

come on sister do the twist & crawl
come on sister do the twist & crawl
& build that wall

come on brother do the twist & swing
come on brother do the twist & swing
I’m the Cracker King