MAPPING MANHATTAN by Becky Cooper

by The Bushwick Book Club

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All songs recorded live at The Living Room in Manhattan, June 18th, 2013 except for track 1.

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released June 21, 2013

Thanks Steve, for doing an awesome job with the sound, and for treating us like people.

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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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Track Name: Susan Hwang - Paradox Alert
PARADOX ALERT (p. 50 Mapping Manhattan)

You can wager that New Yorkers love nature better make sure
you know what you’re sayin.’

Heels and buildings scrape the sky; they’re so high, not from REI
but don’t let that be betrayin.’

the inner nature lover you discover in the heart of every other
New Yorker you meet.

We love our green in the city of glass and steel and concrete.

Paradox alert.
Because we have less
we love it more.

Like musicians need the quiet
Like sugar on a low carb diet
Like nice people at the motor vehicle department

Like sunlight in a rainy June
Like water in the novel Dune
Like closet space in a Brooklyn apartment

No air conditioned cars to take us to the mall.
Whatever the weather, we walk through it all.

The city is obsessed with nature, don’t believe me, here’s the proof
we’ll make a park out of a train track, put our gardens on the roof

Still think that statement is invalid?
Then explain the popularity of kale salad.

Still think that I’ve missed the mark?
We like our Monday outdoor movies and our Shakespeare in the park.

Paradox alert...
Track Name: Herb Scher - Getting To Manhattan
In my Florida youth
we would swim out the day
but then the New York Times
Came and stole me away
Now I’m dreaming of an Island
in a Northern Bay
Manhattan - I will arrive some day

New Orleans was nice
I didn’t mind all the heat
I drank lots of rum
on Bourbon Street
But the streets that were calling me
were many miles away
Manhattan - I will arrive some day

I fell in love with the Public
When I borrowed a recording of Hair
From the magazines and TV coverage
I could find my way around Times Square
And even though I’d never seen it
I knew I would be terrified
by the limousines, the Pekingnese, the white table cloths
that occupied the Upper East Side

I don’t care what they say
I’m gonna star in a play
I’m gonna figure a way
Manhattan - I will arrive some day

I moved from New Jersey
to Riverside Drive
Then I got in a show
but my show took a dive
I’m living on the West Side
Just blocks from Broadway
Manhattan - I will arrive some day
Track Name: Jessie Kilguss - City Map
I don’t know where you are
I wish you left a map
So I could come and find you
Somewhere in the past

I don’t know who you are
But you left so many tracks
Up and down my heart
Up and down my heart

My map of the city
Traces the people I love
Victories and their decline
Loves gained and lost
Moments frozen in time

Swept up in your mystery
Like a blinding flash of light
That earth-shaking dance
On a warm night

Time keeps moving onward
But memory calls me back
To love someone and have to let them go
Wrapping my head around that

My map of the city
Traces the people I’ve loved
Victories and their decline
Loves gained and lost
Moments frozen in time

I can hold all of it
The beauty and the pain
Right here in my heart
And only love remains

My map of the city
Traces the people I’ve loved
Victories and their decline
Loves gained and lost
Moments frozen in time
Moments frozen in time
Track Name: Hilary Downes - Wilderness Is Home
Wilderness Is Home

Eyes fixed on this island
Sparkles in the night
Refuge from the waters
Cradles and reflects the light

We make it up together
This, our treasured stone
Floats between two rivers
Where we swim alone

This island is a legend
This island I’d like to know
This island is a wilderness
And the wilderness is home
Is home
Is home

I’ve tried my best to find you
No surveyor could outline you
I’m lost and you’re hard to navigate
I just watch and wait
and wait

A blank map for a new dream
From your river you emerge
Climb upon this diamond iceberg
Before the tidal surge

This island maps can’t capture
Not sure it can be known
I’m lost in its wilderness
But the wilderness is home
It’s home
It’s home
Track Name: Sweet Soubrette - Stop Moving So Fast
Stop Moving So Fast

Have you seen a hummingbird up close?
Its wings, its heart, its monster ambition
To the people who are still open to the world
Kisses are a better fate than wisdom

Look around
Take photographs
What you know is yours
But it won’t last
Learn to walk over water
And learn to dance
We're on an island
Stop moving so fast

This city is a diamond iceberg
A brass chest of coins that you bury and find
We make it up together
You can call it New York or whatever you like

Look around
Take photographs
What you know is yours
But it won’t last
Learn to walk over water
And learn to dance
We're on an island
Stop moving so fast

This is where we say goodbye
Home all the more when you leave and return
All that you love and don’t want to lose
This map is a way you can keep them for good

Look around
Take photographs
What you know is yours
But it won’t last
Learn to walk over water
And learn to dance
We're on an island
Stop moving so fast
We're on an island
Stop moving so fast
We're on an island
Stop moving so fast