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Bushwick Book Club presents FIRE ON THE BAYOU by Howard Feinstein

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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
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.


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 March 6, 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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