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Bushwick Book Club presents THE SIRENS OF TITAN by Kurt Vonnegut

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Son, you wouldn’t be hearing this song Unless something happened that’s big and that’s bad Perhaps you’ve been reading the Bible all wrong And lost all the riches that we ever had But don’t panic, stay calm and alert Keep an eye out for some kind of sign If you hadn’t lost your shirt You wouldn’t pay this world too much mind And I died before it made any sense Is it all just as crazy to you as to me? If there’s anything special to report Leave it under the pillow of room 223 At The Wilburhampton Hotel Nobody loved me when I was alive There was nothing much good on TV I couldn’t find any hobbies I liked And then you were conceived But I never made you my hobby I never made you my son Still, I named you Faithful Messenger And I’m hoping that you are the one I’ve eaten dates from the calendar Drank water from bed springs But I never could figure out the most important of all things And even a half-dead man hates to be alive and not see any point to it So Malachi, Is it all just as crazy to you as to me? If there’s anything special to report Leave it under the pillow of room 223 At The Wilburhampton Hotel Sincerely, your father, Noel Constant PS- 'Don't touch your principal,' and 'Keep the liquor bottle out of the bedroom.'
Lucky us I scored a pass on the company mothership, where we can fight without sacrifice; Surrounded by all the soda that you can sip All my life I've been pretending that everything is gonna be just fine and that I know exactly what I'm doing What are we doing here way out in space and who's steering this damn thing? How come we gotta shoot somebody when we get to where we're going? I don't know anymore These pills I keep popping in Are a shitty excuse for oxygen What a fierce mess we're in across the chronosynclastic infundibulum
Aqua-marine and a yellow so pristine Are flooding the cavewalls Like saintly phantoms Encircling, descending on me Drinking from my pulse as if it were a teat On this strange planet One side's a tundra and the other is a furnace But we're beneath the surface Where we sing "I am here." "So glad you are." When I find it hip to press play my fey children start to shrink and shrivel like fruit
Get my dress dirty; I’m not here to be clean. I’m good to nobody if I’m kept all pristine. Go ahead, break the eggs, get me out of this shell. I don’t need protection as much as I need to stop avoiding myself. There are messages I’m sending; half of them I don’t know. Even when no one’s looking, I still put on a show. My human nearsightedness can’t see what I say. I don’t speak Trafalmadorian anyway. No one’s here so nothing can happen. No one’s here to be untouched and unmoved. If I’m here, then I’m here; life’s not something I can refuse. May as well use me to love you. I’m here to be used. Use me to say money, position, health, handsomeness, and talent aren't everything. Use me to say you can be so concerned about being right that your whole life feels wrong. Use me to say I'm someone who knows how to get in her own way. Use me to say I don’t know what the hell I’m doing and I probably never will. Use me to say replacement part is getting there soon.


All songs were written for The Bushwick Book Club performance of new music inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's THE SIRENS OF TITAN, on January 19, 2012.


released January 21, 2012

Recorded live at Goodbye Blue Monday on January 19, 2012. All photos by Herb Scher. (herbscher.com). Flyer by Tom Bayne (tombayne.com)


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The Bushwick Book Club Brooklyn, New York

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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