Giulietta Masina at the Oscars Crying

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Track Name: Giulietta Masina at The Oscars Crying
Giulietta Masina
At the Oscars crying
For her man
And the recognition
No pension plans
Life mission

Giulietta Masina
At the Oscars crying
Played the part
Of a prostitute
Who would not lose her heart
Let men lie and loot

Asa Nisi Masa

Giulietta Masina
At the Oscars crying
1 baby dead
3 gravesites
2 artists wed
4 stage fright
5 clowns
6 photographs
7 towns
8 and 1/2
Track Name:
I always knew that I had nothing in common with Sky Gilbert
I always knew that I had nothing in common with Sky Gilbert

When my performance art girlfriend
Wrote a play in the 80s
That made no sense at all
She asked me to act in it
I said yes because I knew
No one in their right mind would produce it

But then Sky and his friends unanimously agreed
To put it on at the Rhubard festival

I always knew that I had nothing in common with Sky Gilbert
I always knew that I had nothing in common with that guy

But then I saw him standing at the podium
At your memorial
And he said everything I felt inside
He said everything that I thought about you and
He made me cry that guy
Now I stand corrected
I have something in common now with Sky Gilbert
…the love of you
Track Name: robert dziekanski at the vancouver airport
I was born in Poland
I died in Canada
Shot 5 times by 4 men
Who then kicked me in the back
To make sure I was cracked wide open

People tried to tell them
I didn’t speak English
People tried to tell them
I wasn’t stoned
I was unarmed and alone
Took them almost 5 seconds
To in their expert opinion decide to fire

They found themselves not guilty
Of telling any lies
Found themselves not guilty
In their own eyes
Found themselves not guilty…..surprise
Track Name: Neil Young at the Junos with Basia Bulat
People want their picture taken with you
Secretly afraid that their hairdo will be wrong
A man needs a song

Tens of thousands you inspire
With your harmonica wet
And your ballpoint on fire

Your life has been no joke
Everybody come round take note

Tonight they will honour
Your fame
They’ll engrave on a little plaque your name

And then you’ll give an acceptance speech
And everyone in this room will
Stand on their feet

Tell them about your 20’s
Leaving Canada
Mr. shaky pictures moved to California

Where he sold his songs
For the highest bid
But that’s just one little part in this long film you’ve lived

Other artists just as lucky as you
But they just took their multi millions
And enjoyed the view

Woke up every morning to smell their gold
But you are a miner
For the Art of Old

You’ve run bases around kings and fools
And built places
like the Bridge school

Unafraid to point
Your finger in song
Enemies made out of lovers of bombs

They say you collect model trains
An interesting fact about your brain
I guess studying the miniature
Gives you insight into the bigger picture

Tonight when you lay down your head
In some overpriced fancy hotel bed
Remember if you die you leave behind
More than a legacy of rhyme
Track Name: lobbyists at parliament with Serena Ryder & Mary Margaret O'Hara
Bo Diddley got himself a right wing man
But that right wing man was just too frightening
So Bo Diddley got himself a publicist
Said “hit me with your best media list” …..I want a hit (again)

She said you need Yo Yo Ma
And the national arts orchestra
& get some pictures of kids at the zoo
& honey while you’re at it get new eye-glass frames too … I wanna a hit (again)

And quickly Bo Diddley saw public opinion bend
Then in the middle of this blizzard
With two platinum shovels stood Little Richard
His snowshoes had rhinestone traction
In his blog he wrote “I want a piece of the action” … I wanna hit (again)

What’s it gonna cost me to get this fixed?
I wanna see all of your expert lobbying tricks
You know I’ve got a little reputation
I could keep on knocking ‘till you let me in …I want a hit (again)

Mr. Tutti Fruitti saw public opinion bend
And quickly Little Ritchie was earning dividends again
For sale is every fool, that’s an old business rule

An oil economy still pollutes
Will Paul Schuck’s children all get duped?
Payola’s alive and well
Heads of state appreciate the smell …Who got a hit (again)?
Track Name: Aristide at the Press Conference
Napoleon sent
His army across the ocean
And threatened all the free slaves
With wine
That they would never drink
And forced them into contracts
Worth 90 million gold bars at prime

Came a man named Jean-Bertrand

Now Haiti's in arrears
Nearly 200 years
And the French are getting fat still from the deal
Also unsavoury
The sweatshop industry
That profiting Americans conceal

Came a man named Jean-Bertrand
Aristide said no longer can they bleed

Democratically inspected
Three times re-elected
He said the poor deserve their dignity
Put slum children in school
Set up health care tools
He did the math on Haiti's history

The puppet turned around
And faced the puppeteer
You owe me lost wages
Am I being clear?

Came a man, named Jean-Bertand
Aristide said no longer can they bleed
"reverse this curse" that was his plea

Now shocked and afraid
The French and USA
And even their Canadian friends
He's removed from power
It's kidnapping hour
Because he said
This extortion must end
Track Name: the reform party at burning man with Serena Ryder & Maylee Todd
They passed a law last week scientists cannot speak
Gag order they want every tape-recorder

They want to control the blues restrict access to news
Shamelessly they grin there will be no facts without spin

They're tough on crime that's right
They own a patent on that sound-bite
Their grand plan unveiled build more jails

They want to control the blues restrict access to news
Shamelessly they grin there will be no facts without spin

It is in vogue to spin in the era we are in
But once upon a time people had a dime
Nobody would think it was a crime when a poor person dared
To ask you to share because life is unfair
But the era we are in it is in vogue to spin
Put the truth in a box and do not let it talk
And expand the wars and the military bets
And limit the questions the media gets
How many lies can you bake in this pie
And pretend that you are friends with the little big guy
It is a mystery book the way you look
knight to queens rook

They are ok with foul play every little G20 cop got paid
But what's especially perverse is that this all feels rehearsed

They want to control the blues restrict access to news
Shamelessly they grin there will be no facts without spin

We didn't vote so
You could make a joke out
Of people that are broke
Track Name: ruby bates at grad school with Basia Bulat
She got caught trying to hide
When they asked her why ...she lied
Cause it’s just so easy to point
Than go to the joint

Who cares if strange fruit hangs in trees
Who cares if 6 out of 7 lawyers agree
I care about the entire Jackson County
Who waits for Ruby Bates

They feed it to the young
The morning opinion by evening is a gun
How many balls will you break
How many tragedies will it take
To stay awake

Isnt it true the rain comes again
Dont it make things wet
How many times will the thunder whine
Before man admits he forgets

I heard about an accident on the highway the other day
Broken and bleeding in the car the hospitals not far
Behind the eyes of the ambulance man
Her black head is better dead or buried off the land
What kind of poison has infiltrated the brain
When a man believes another is not the same

I am in love with Ruby Bates because nobody waits for Ruby Bates
Track Name: portrait of phil at various times in a closet
I have some paints, some memories, on canvass I will try
Green jeep. Pink gum. Black hair in your eyes
In this portrait closet is closed youre inside

Three cars of cops screech to a stop
Break down your front door take your laptop
FAT MAN SHUT UP cuff you on the floor
In this portrait closet is closed youre inside

We are the campers of B.B. you hear so much about

There was a spell I was not so well
Your timing was uncanny
Private jokes, lines of coke, is he rich like Mannie?
In this portrait closet is closed you’re inside
In this portrait everyone laughs look he’s so wide

Some secrets go to the grave some secrets free puppets
Now your dead I’m not afraid of memoirs public
In this portrait closet is closed you’re inside
In this portrait Rob Noyes lives, you die

I always want to repay you
It’s awful
For being there at the airport or hospital