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Waco

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Whatever

Can I call myself a songwriter if I’ve only written one song?  And can I get away with calling that one song “a song” if it hasn’t been recorded?  Or set to music?  What if I have no intention, whatsoever, of finding someone to compose music for it?  Hmmm…maybe what I actually have here is a poem.  Wait, what sounds better?…”poet” or “songwriter?”  No, wait, I’ve got it:  “Spoken Word Verse.”  Yeah, that works.  “Yes, my chosen medium is Spoken Word Verse.  Am I published?  No, you don’t publish SWV.  You speak it.  (eye roll.)  Where?  Oh, at various…outlets and establishments.  There used to be a little place downtown called Uni-Verse.  No, not anymore.  The guy shut it down when it started getting too many Likes.”

Anyway, while I’m busy inventing an alternate, bohemian persona for myself, please enjoy this poem-song-verse-thing I wrote a while back.  I think I was trying to write a Tom Waits song.  If anybody could save it, he could.

Waco

When you see me at the station,
Turn and look the other way.
If you cough into your hand,
It’ll mean that we’re okay.
We’ll get as far as Houston,
Then it’s safe enough to talk.
We’ll meet inside the dining car
And take a little walk.
’Til then, you don’t know me, and I don’t know you.
We’re gettin’ outta Waco on the 7:32.

I’ve been renting out a single
At the Tipperary Inn
On the highway by the Fina
And I’m almost out of gin.
I haven’t touched the money
Or the you-know-what.
Of course, you gotta know I’d
Never dip into your cut.
Don’t get followed to the station, whatever you do.
We’re gettin’ outta Waco on the 7:32.

There’s a waitress that I met,
And I got a little loose.
I might’ve said too much
Drinking Tanqueray and juice.
So now I got a problem,
’Cause she thinks we’re getting hitched.
I had to tell her that,
Because she just about snitched.
The funny thing is, she looks a lot like Sue.
I’ll let you see her picture on the 7:32.

She likes to come to bed
Wearing little silver spurs,
Serenading me in Spanish.
She thinks half the money’s hers.
Don’t worry, ’cause I didn’t let her
See the yellow box.
(What of it if she did, because
She couldn’t pick the locks.)
She wants to go to Paris.  I didn’t tell her ’bout you.
She doesn’t know I’m leaving on the 7:32.

3 Comments

  1. Frank Ferry
    April 22, 2016

    As far a casting the music video (the part of the character the singer is talking to), how do you feel about Josh Brolin? I think we can get him.

    Reply
    • Bill Satterwhite
      April 22, 2016

      Thanks, Frank. You might be right about Josh Brolin. I think we had him at “silver spurs.”

      Reply
  2. Rick Hublein
    April 22, 2016

    Brillant. Stop whatever you’re doing and write more of these.

    Reply

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