1) amazon -
i wrote this song in 1972 in Marin county. i didn't perform it
for several years. it refers to a murder i witnessed on the
streets of NYC in the early '60's. i saw a young man struck with
a knife as he was buying a sandwich at a deli counter. he never
saw his assailant, who vanished in the crowd. the young man died
almost instantly, pierced to the heart. in 1972 i had
experienced a number of crushing disappointments. i felt shaken
and aware of my own fragility. i thought again of the young man
i had been impotent to save.
2) ( funky song tag ) happy birthday - for notes on 'funky song' click here.
'happy birthday' speaks for itself.
3) hey, buddy -
spent much of 1977 intermittently living in NYC again after many years.
i had left Chicago, where i was comfortable and often happy,
to seek my fortune one more time in the big, rotten apple.
don't ask why. i was a idiot to go there. i soon
discovered that virtually nothing had changed about the place except
that, if possible it even colder and more depressing than i remembered.
one night, having a late whiskey in some nearly deserted bar,
i had a vision of Tony Bennett singing 'One More for the Road'.
i wrote this as my contribution to the song literature for lost,
down, and out, inebriates everywhere.
4) take my hand -
this for my second wife, Carla Richardson. perhaps it also
intimates the new spiritual afflatus i would experience living in New
England. in any case, Carla and i were happy together for 8
years until wanderlust took me in her cold arms again.
5) the road -
this several years after a road trip with my band, RIG. we
stopped overnight somewhere in rural Wisconsin and dropped
mescaline. among other things, i experienced the sudden
revelation that very ordinary Queen Anne's Lace growing beside the road
was actually an alien life-form from the planet Venus, that turned its
'antennae' toward the stars each night to receive messages from outer
space. i also achieved a profound metaphysical insight into the
'meaning' of abandoned country roads, which i expound in
6) tutu & the cannibals - for a note on this song, click here.
7) country lullaby - for a note on this song, click here.
8) gypsy dance - for a note on this song, click here.
9) my delight - for a note on this song, click here.
10) walk on the water - for a note on this song, click here.