Bushwick Book Club presents FIRE ON THE BAYOU by Howard Feinstein

by The Bushwick Book Club

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All songs written in response to Howard Feinstein's "Fire on the Bayou - True Tales from the Civil Rights Battlefront." All songs recorded live at Barbes in Brooklyn, February 25th, 2014.


released 06 March 2014



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We started in January 2009 playing songs written in response to Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions. We haven't stopped since. We've written & performed songs inspired by everything from "On The Origin of Species" to Dr. Seuss to Raymond Carver. There are BBCs popping up nationwide now. Bushwick Book Club Seattle started in 2010 & is run by Geoff Larson. Our nerdy dare-devilry knows no bounds. ... more

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Track Name: Sweet Soubrette - Bring Me Back
This country has its share of vipers
There are several kinds
Rattlers and copperheads
You see what I mean
Venomous spiders
Widows and tarantulas
There are alligators
in every stream

I am out of my element
a stranger in a strange land
I can’t remember what I meant
When I said I was a brave man

I’m just another soldier
Bracing for the next attack
But I got a ticket in my pocket
To bring me back
To bring me back

This is treacherous country
The clouds hang low
The ions in the atmosphere
crackle with suspicion
There’s a confederate battle flag
pinned to the wall
At the Baby Jesus
brake and transmission

Swarms of angry insects
vapors rising off the bayou
whatever I expected
only shows how little I knew
how can I go home
when there’s so much at stake
just a dilettante adventurer
out hunting snakes
Track Name: Susan Hwang - Strange Blues
Every place is some place somebody did somebody wrong. Enough go along
people bought and sold
centuries later, the effects still hold
You can still hear
The reverberations of fear.

Look this place was built on sin and the best intentions you could believe in.
We always find a way to treat each other bad.
It’s amazing we had
such a hard time being decent.
That past is still recent
But it’s getting strange…

And let it get stranger
The real game changer
Let it be strange.

Let those displays of fear and hate
be something we no longer relate
To, something we don’t participate
in..we can’t believe anyone ever ate
from separate plates, like we don’t all like to feel full.
Let that be something unheard of now because we finally learned something somehow.

Let it be weird that we were so dumb
We couldn’t be good to everyone .
Let it be weird that we would need race
As reason for us to hate.
When there are plenty of legitimate reasons anyway.

Let it be weird that people in power
Would act in fear of their final hour.
Let it be weird that costumed folks
Would want anything other than candy.
Let it be weird that we would be
Anything less than the land of the free.

Let it be weird that differences would be feared
Instead of respected and revered.
Let it be weird that any woman or man
Would ever be thought of as less than.
I’m ready for it to be strange
That everything has changed.