Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue



















Strange Angels - Laurie Anderson


They say that heaven is like TV
A perfect little world
that doesn't really need you
And everything there
is made of light
And the days keep going by
Here they come Here they come
Here they come.

Well it was one of those days larger than life
When your friends came to dinner
and they stayed the night
And then they cleaned out the refrigerator -
They ate everything in sight
And then they stayed up in the living room
And they cried all night

Strange angels - singing just for me
Old stories - they're haunting me
This is nothing
like I thought it would be.

Well I was out in my four door
with the top down.
And I looked up and there they were:
Millions of tiny teardrops
just sort of hanging there
And I didn't know whether to laugh or cry
And I said to myself:
What next big sky?

Strange angels - singing just for me
Their spare change falls on top of me
Rain falling Falling all over me
All over me
Strange angels - singing just for me
Old Stories - they're haunting me
Big changes are coming
Here they come
Here they come.





















The Day the Devil - Laurie Anderson


The day the devil comes to getcha
you know him by the way he smiles
The day the devil comes to getcha
He's a rusty truck with only twenty miles
He's got bad brakes he's got loose teeth
He's a long way from home

The day the devil comes to getcha
he's got a smile like a scar
He knows the way to your house
He's got the keys to your car
And when he sells you his sportcoat
You say: Funny! That's my size
Attention shoppers!
Everybody please rise

Give me back my innocence
Get me a brand new suit
Give me back my innocence
Oh Lord! Cut me down to size

Well you can hide under the porch
And you can hide behind the couch
But the day the devil comes to getcha
He's right on time
Here he comes

Well I'm sick of hearin bout your problems
Yeah girlie your breakin my heart
I'm the original party animal
Hey! Hey! Babaloo
So don't come bangin your Bibles
Cause you've been laughin
all the way to the bank
And don't give me those crocodile tears
Cause you've been doing it for years
I'm everywhere! Sign right here
Mr. Jones

The day the devil comes to getcha
He's a long way from home
And you know he's gonna getcha
Cause you're stuck in the middle
Everybody please rise

Give me back my innocence
Get me a brand new suit
Give me back my innocence
Oh Lord! Cut me down to size

Give me back my innocence
Get me a new Cadillac
Cause when I get on up to heaven Lord
You can have it all back
Cause in heaven, you get it all back
In heaven it all comes back
Cause in heaven, you get it all back
In heaven
Cause in heaven......
In heaven......


Enforcing Acquiescence

4 comments:

christin m p in massachusetts said...

Maybe there's some kind of witchcraft someone can do that will make the whole White House cabal grow a collective conscience...

Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

If the elections don't end the nightmare then we made need to dust off the cauldrons, light a fire and find a good recipe for Junior Possum Turd Stew.

Annie in Austin said...

When we were first considering a move to Texas in late 98, one of the things in the negative column was that we'd be living in a state that was so short-sighted it had elected Dubyah as governor. That didn't seem so bad two years later when we were living in a country that had done the same thing.

Annie

Eric said...

Hey, another Laurie Anderson fan! I was at her show here on Oʻahu, the day before she went to Maui. Did she resolve the issue with the computer projector, though? At the Oʻahu show, her computer occasionally threw random pixels up onto the screen, which was a little distracting. Maybe it was electrical interference in the wiring?

I'm surprised you didn't quote from Babydoll, too:

Take me to your leader
And I say, Do you mean... George?
I just want to meet him
And I say, Come on! I mean, I don't even know George!