Walt Whitman's LEAVES OF GRASS

by The Bushwick Book Club

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released May 17, 2019

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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: Charlie Nieland - Always On Fire
Always on Fire

Take me to the lights so blurry
Each night over the city purring 
The molecular strutting, timeless, complete 
The seeds are planted in concrete
Every breath, every brethren 
Jagged rhythms in the broken pieces of heaven
Friction in the callous and the cruel,
Between the heartlessness and you,
And all the thirst for power brings
The appetite of kings
And all your desire sings like a siren
Brooklyn is always on fire

The sacred and profane, just temperature 
Your mind is playing tricks on you
Behind a mother holding hands 
Is a child who was once a man
So disparate yet tightly wound 
Our appetite seduced by sound 
Fuchsia, Aquamarine will play
The latest micro-dosed decay
While the crooks and kleptocrats
Dress in basic black
We dance and we fan the flame forever higher, (listen) 
Brooklyn is always on fire

Here, how we made it with the ice inside our veins
Here, the honor to share this moment with everyone on this train
Here, the molten gold that runs so hot beneath this bliss
Here, I’m so in love I’d drink the very air with the thirst I feel every time we kiss
And all I see is your face while we spin in place
Spiraling through time and space
And desire
Brooklyn is always on fire

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