King of Spades

from by Michael Howard

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Follow me across the sea and be a witness to this State
Fly free little love, let down your crimson curls
You wanted to see the races, we’ll soon be on our way
To where hearts are fast, and true love comes in an instant

We’ll marry her for her money, and not on intimate terms
We’ll claim no part in claiming with the power of property
We drum into authenticity. We’re chasing her charity.
“This world is a wondrous place.” is a sobering statement

Don’t mind the corpses at the door, this is just the adjustment phase
Just go about your business feigning ignorance
We’ll order from current catalogues, and join in the country club
The devil, he wears a smile and a fashionable fedora

In our first year on the street we’ll be drinking with the best
It feels good to be in uniform at the neighborhood parade
We’ll meet dashing designers, we’ll be digging out our graves
We’ll take all we can, and take a cab to the weekend party

Don’t consider your conscience, just fall in line and numb the thinking mind
Let your eyes glow gleaming green with aching envy
We pricked the balloon of madness in a gluttonous debate
We’re too grand and much too greedy to practice patience

The Banker and the Broker paid off Congress yesterday
Bored exercises in power, god bless our muted lies
Some vague illumination, don’t stop to wonder why
With machine gun shells and cigarettes on the flagstones

The good ol’ boys and the good ol’ book own every mansion and saloon
So be a man and join in the picnic, or join in the army
An alcoholic harlot with her plastic forks and spoons
Serving trumped up excuses with a smile

The cards are cold and the dealer’s dead, as freedom fades away
A pity, what a pity, oh what a goddamn waste
To feel the stab of satisfaction on your 21st birthday
Land of the Free, Home of the King of Spades


from Gasoline Dream, released August 12, 2016



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