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Unemployed In Chicago

from Blood Orange Moon by Felsen, Mystery Lawn Music

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I was buying pot
from an ex-cosmonaut
eating three square meals a week.
Three hundred dollar bills
tucked the mattress underneath,
you could say my prospects were bleak.
I walked skyscraping streets
trying to find a job
when I ran into a girl I used to know.
Playing drums in a band,
eating beans from a can,
unemployed in chicago

Waiting to hear
from my man Vladimir,
it was hot outside--about a hundred degrees.
I bought popsicles at the Jewel,
I dropped out of graduate school,
all my friends were Japanese.
We had really good rapport,
I spent the night on Kyoko’s floor
in a building designed by Mies van der Rohe.
I got drunk on her balcony,
I sang like a Valkyrie,
unemployed in chicago.

I was doing time
waiting in the X-ray line
at the free clinic that welcomed drop-ins.
That’s when I saw you
I didn’t know what I would do
with a Hippy Socialist Mary Poppins.
except listen to Cibbo Matto,
drink sake from the bottle.
We get naked and watched Dr. Zhivago.
When your student loan check was spent
we couldn’t make the rent.
We were unemployed in chicago.


from Blood Orange Moon, released January 25, 2018
Copyright 2018 Andrew Griffin

AG: vocals, guitar, drums, percussion
Dylan Brock: guitar
Dara Ackerman: backing vocals
Joanne de Mars: cello
Peter Canton: bass
Scarth Locke: synth
Tal Ariel: piano


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felsen Oakland, California

“I wanna live where culture kills machines” On their 5th album, Blood Orange Moon, Felsen delivers a new telepathic message through melody and lyric beamed directly from their late-night West Oakland studio. Blood Orange Moon, is slated for national release by Indie pop label, Mystery Lawn Music on January 26, 2018. “Felsen strives to ensure survival of rock 'n' roll” San Francisco Chronicle ... more

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