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Thousand Gallon Hat

from Sigh Semaphore by Myshkin's Ruby Warblers



Sky above New York
15 aeroplanes
circling through storms
like a tiered wedding cake of waste
we celebrate the union
of bad timing and greedy hands
wedding band kicks up the tune
and the punchbowl is filled by the best man
with a thousand gallons of gas
put on your party hat and dance

Lake Charles Louisiana
Has a beach and big hotels
You can gamble on the water
With a lovely view of hell
It’s the mouth of cancer alley
Oil refineries and chemical plants
Built in the poorest communities
Where they’ll only be too grateful for the chance
To make a thousand gallons of gas
Put on their party hats and dance

Sky above Baghdad
50 aeroplanes
Rain poison on the land
On order of those who live comfortably far away
Takeover and occupation
It’s a story that’s as old as the rule of men
We all see through the lie emancipation
But most of us seem willing to pretend
All for a thousand gallons of gas
We’ll put on our party hats and dance

Underneath a thin skin
She’s as cranky as a woman twice her age
Drained of lubrication
Now every tremble turns into a rage
And her skies are getting thinner
And her balance has been thrown all out of grace
Next man that sticks a flagpole in her
Might just cut the whole thing to the chase
All for a thousand gallons of gas
And she’ll put on her party hat and dance


from Sigh Semaphore, released January 1, 2006


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Myshkin Warbler Astoria, Oregon

Myshkin and an ever-evolving crew of restless gamblers—string, horn, drum, key, and and wave players. Passions range from tango to electronica, folk-noir to gypsy-swing to modern classical to rocknroll. Literate & spooky. Myshkin mostly plays guitars. When warm, she sings like a shiver down your chakras. Like a heart breaking all wide open. Like one in utter control of uncontrollable things. ... more

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