BOX OF NOISE

from EASY LIFE by CHRIS BUTLER

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lyrics

BOX OF NOISE (burnt jazz)

a book and me's a party
add a cup and it's an orgy
drowsy coffee, liquid midnight
wraps itself around me

i said, a book and me's a party
sorry if that sounds selfish
i’m drinking in the calm before
my next creative crisis

BUT…the airshaft's a cat bordello
they must really love the echo
and a burnt jazz combo tries to run
from someone's crapped out stereo

and the solo's so tuxedo
and i ache to stay this painless
numb inside the calm before
my next financial crisis

I try to read some beatnik typing
to the tune of 2 cats screwing
BUT the plumbing in my building
thuds like Afro-Cuban drumming

the carpet heaves with Hendrix
the Guzmans fight next door
the Kramer's dogs are barking
upstairs, they're moving the furniture again
i /i live /in a box /of noise

then my crazy Catholic neighbor
with a firecracker temper
carpet bombs the airshaft
with a string of lady fingers

"your cat's a slut", he screams at me
(like his is such a nun...?)
i'm cloistered in the calm
before my next romantic crisis

and a fire engine's screaming
like a saxophone Coltrane-ing
is there a Chinese menu bonfire
in the foyer of our building?

and there's a bird outside my only window
and it's chirpin’ out of tune.

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from EASY LIFE, released March 29, 2014

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CHRIS BUTLER Akron, Ohio

CHRIS BUTLER
Seminal New Waver from Northeastern Ohio. Member of Akron, Ohio’s Tin Huey in late ‘70’s. Songwriter/producer/guitarist for all Waitresses songs (including “I Know What Boys Like”, the “Square Pegs” TV show theme and “Christmas Wrapping”) in the early ‘80’s. Never stopped writing and recording. ... more

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