Beggar's Song

June 17, 2008 8:33 PM

Another in my "Old Songs" series, where I record lo-fi versions of songs I wrote quite a while ago. This one came from sometime about 1996, and, as far as I can tell, it was composed in a fit of Brechtian depression after listening to an evening of Yiddish art songs.

This is another song that felt appropriate to growl through when recording, and then, when I was preparing to convert it into an MP3, I sort of lost control of myself and the various filters GarageBand offers. Sometimes I'm in the mood for my songs to sound like they were sung through a bullhorn that had gone on the fritz. I can't say why, precisely, except I get in a noisy mood every so often, and tonight was one of those nights.


Where is the girl o that I once courted?
Where is the man o that I once was?
I buried him when? What was my reasoning then?
He did what I do what he does.

Am I a fool? And do fools deserve pity?
Am I the sap who gets stuck with the bill?
I dine with the best but I pay like the rest
And I will what I won't what I will.

Is there a beast more wretched than I am?
Is there a figure more deserving of fun?
Mock if you must my ambitions and lust --
I did what I do what I done.

posted by Astro Zombie (2 comments total)

These needing putting out as a batch somewhere. This is a great project.
posted by nthdegx at 2:49 AM on June 20, 2008

posted by umbĂș at 10:29 AM on June 22, 2008

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