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Here's a pretty song about something not-so-pretty: being homeless. Tone Deaf was living on the street when he wrote the two poems we combined into one for the song, but this isn't a preachy thing, it's just his oddly beautiful reflection on what it's like to be in a miserable situation.


I. Icicle Breath Chortle
(I could have been anyone)
icicle breath chortle, taking a piss
some tropical poison best given a miss
knickers on line, ass over tip
dated milk globules, and nowhere to sick

singing and dancing and laughing all day
don't be a bummer love, it only gets in the way

(my eyes have seen reflections of you in me)
blue-eyed sunshine came out today,
with all god's children, both brilliant and gay
there's love all around us, happiness bliss
no need for no more, there's no better than this

singing and dancing and laughing all day
don't be a bummer love, it only gets in the way

II. Stravinsky Wrote The Soundtrack
snow scene
quiet city night
white permeates
hell takes a break
rats hop like bunnies
zig zag across alleys
past masses huddled
with oil drum fire
sipping tea and whiskey
a helping hand
to pass the time
then slip away


from The Singles - Season 6, track released September 30, 2014
artwork by Bruce Hellington
Lou Caldarola: drum kit
Tone Deaf: spoken word
Briana Hardyman: vocals
Chris Huntington: guitar
Conrad St. Clair: bass noodles, keyboards, programming
Mike Stehr: bass line


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