"A.J. Rose" (Jonathan) (ajrose93) wrote,
"A.J. Rose" (Jonathan)
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"the serious nature of a smile"

93, all!

In the spirit of christeos_pir's wonderful Tom Waits lyric (my own Waits fave prolly being "Frank's Wild Year"...though it's tough to choose!), I give you the following Mark Eitzel lyric, from his album 60 Watt Silver Lining. The slightly idiosyncratic text presentation is my own, in an attempt to imitate the elegant phrasing of the original (which is even better with the music). :)

93 93/93 -- AJ

P.S. This couplet always makes me think of what an initiator should be:

Kent always knew the serious nature of a smile
knew the serious nature of the job he was given


Enjoy! :D

*******

Some Bartenders Have the Gift of Pardon

Specs almost drowned, off the coast of California
and started this museum
to help the shipwrecked remember

they grow quiet
the sea grows colder
drinking the night away
burn bridges, grow older...

Kent worked at Specs' since 1970,
right after Haight Street finally choked on its own vomit
an impartial smile made him a gentle-man:
some bartenders have the gift of pardon

A bar has a longer history than a country
what keeps the moon chained
are ridiculous acts of faith

and after a couple of drinks
visionary eyes all burn:
the drunks seem saint-like
in their disillusion...

Kent always knew the serious nature of a smile
knew the serious nature of the job he was given

never told himself there's only so much a man could take on:
some bartenders have the gift of pardon.

With the same old tape wearing out in the background:
Billie Holiday "Solitude,"
or some sad old Irish folk songs.

you're not promised the moon
or lied to by its distractions;
you enter the world alone,
and that's the first, and the last thing.

It seems one night he was having a hard time falling asleep,
and found himself in an accidental shipwreck:
dreaming he's still at the bar, counting sheep --
the cold ocean threw its chains around his neck...

Never have to worry about counterfeits at 2am:
'cause that's all there is

'cause that's all there is

just some old poets drinking
the last nightmare in,
and the comfort of the dark,
and being forgotten

Some bartenders have the gift of pardon.
Some bartenders have the gift of pardon.

-- Mark Eitzel, from 60 Watt Silver Lining
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