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Hey Jack Kerouac

Hey Jack Kerouac, I think of your mother
And the tears she cried, they were cried for none other
Than her little boy lost in our little world that hated
And that dared to drag him down, her little boy courageous

Who chose his words from mouths of
Bbabes got lost in the wood
Hip flask slinging madmen, steaming cafe flirts
They all spoke through you

Hey Jack, now for the tricky part:
When you were the brightest star, who were the shadows?
Of the San Francisco beat boys, you were the favorite
Now they sit and rattle their bones and think of their blood-stoned days

You chose your words from mouths of
Babes got lost in the wood
The hip flask slinging madmen, steaming cafe flirts
In Chinatown howling at night

Allen baby, why so jaded?
Have the boys all grown up and their beauty faded?
Billy, what a saint they've made you
Just like Mary down in Mexico on All Souls' Day

You chose your words from mouths of
Babes got lost in the wood
Cool junk booting madmen, street minded girls
in Harlem, howling at nigh.

What a tear-stained shock of the world -
You've gone away without saying
Saying good-bye

Like the Weather

Color of the sky as far as I can see is coal grey
Lift my head from the pillow and then fall again
Shiver in my bones just thinking about the weather
Quiver in my lip as if I might cry

Well by the force of will my lungs are filled and so I breathe
Lately it seems this big bed is where I never leave
Shiver in my bones just thinking about the weather
A quiver in my voice as I cry

What a cold and a rainy day
Where on Earth is the sun hid away?

Hear the sound of a noon bell chime
Well I'm far behind
You've put in 'bout half a day while here I lie
With a shiver in my bones just thinking about the weather
A quiver in my voice as if I might cry

What a cold and rainy day
Where on Earth is the sun hid away?

Do I need someone here to scold me
Or do I need someone who'll grab and pull me
Out of four poster dull torpor pulling downward
For it is such a long time since my better days
I say my prayers nightly this will pass away

The color of the sky is grey as I can see through the blinds
Lift my head from the pillow and then fall again
Shiver in my bones just thinking about the weather
A quiver in my voice as if I might cry

A cold and a rainy day
Where on Earth is the sun hid away?
A cold and a rainy day
I shiver, quiver, and try to wake

What's the Matter Here?

That young boy without a name
Anywhere I'd know his face
In this city the kid's my favorite
I've seen him, seen him
I see him every day

Seen him run outside
Looking for a place to hide
From his father, the kid half naked
And said to myself
'Oh, what's the matter here?'

I'm tired of the excuses everybody uses
'He's their kid, I stay out of it'
But who gave you the right
To do this?

We live on Morgan Street
Just ten feet between
And his mother, I never see her
But her screams and cussing
I hear them every day

Threats like 'If you don't mind
I will beat on your behind
Slap you, slap you silly'
Made me say
'Oh, what's the matter here?

I'm tired of the excuses everybody uses
'He's your kid, do as you see fit'
But get this through that I don't approve
Of what you did
To your own flesh and blood

I have heard the excuses everybody uses
'He's your kid, do as you see fit'
But get this through that I don't approve
Of what you did
To your own flesh and blood

'If you don't sit in your chair straight
I'll take this belt from around my waist
And don't you think that I won't use it'

Answer me - and take your time -
What could be the awful crime
He could do at so young an age?
If I'm the only witness to your madness
Offer me some words to balance
Out what I see and what I hear

All these cold and rude things that you do
I suppose you do because he belongs to you
And instead of love and the feel of warmth
You've given him these cuts and sores
That won't heal with time or with age

And I want to say, 'Hi'
Want to say 'What's the matter here?'
But I don't dare say 'What's the matter here?'
But I don't dare say...

Don't Talk

Don't talk, I will listen
Don't talk, you keep your distance
For I'd rather hear some truth tonight
Than entertain your lies
So take your poison silently
Let me be, let me close my eyes

Don't talk, I'll believe it
Don't talk, listen to me instead
I know that if you think of it
Both long enough and hard
The drink you drown your troubles in
Is the trouble you're in now

Talk talk talk about it
You talk as if you care
But when your talk is over, tilt that bottle in the air
Tossing back more than your share

Don't talk, I can guess it
Don't talk, well now you're restless
And you need somewhere to put the blame
For how you feel inside
You look for a close and easy mark
And you see me as fair game

Talk talk talk about it
Talk as if you care
But when your talk is over, tilt that bottle in the air
Tossing back more than your share

You talk talk talk about it
You talk as if you care
I'm marking every word and can tell this time for sure
Your talk is the finest I have heard

So don't talk, let me go on dreaming
How your eyes they glow so fiercely
I can tell your inspired
By the name you just chose for me
Now what was it? Oh, never mind it

We will talk talk talk about this
When your head is clear
I'll discuss this in the morning, but until then
You may talk, but I won't hear

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