Friday, September 28, 2007

Broken Dishes

This is something I wrote a few years back and didn't find any use for until recently. Its on the more sentimental/autobiographical side of my work, so that might explain why it didn't pop up on any Oddjobs or Kill the Vultures albums. I just recorded a take of it with a local band named Big Trouble, which features Sean McPherson on bass, Steve McPherson on guitar, Peter Leggett on drums, Josh Peterson on guitar. We actually recorded a six song EP earlier this year. I'm not sure what will come of it but I believe it will be called "Crescent Moon is in Big Trouble."

Broken Dishes
Written by Alexei Moon Casselle, October 24th 2004

Look at the autumn leaves fallin’ upon each other
Look at the ground/ it’s on fire from all the color
Look how the Great Lake swallows the sun into its stomach
And reflects the stars that upon up above it

I don’t remember the time or the date/ just finding a place
A million miles away, by firelight/ the shadows drew designs on your face
Hear the great waves crash into the loading dock
We were unfolding thoughts/ sipping on lukewarm Rolling Rock

With beer on my breath I lit my last cigarette
And passed it over/ looked like you were dying to hit
But you was lost in thought/ brought the smoke to your lips
Said "nah, I’d better not, hon, I’m trying to quit"

You passed it casually, asking me if I knew about addiction in our family
I didn’t so I shut up and listened
About when your father used to hide the proof
Lies used to disguise the truth
And when you realized why Mama’s eyes were bruised

Picture-perfect family ties/ suburban 60’s way of life
If your old man beat you day and night/ then you wore more makeup
And stayed inside
You couldn’t leave the house screaming out
Keep your mouth closed/ there’s certain things you didn’t speak about

Broken dishes, tables flipped/ open stitches, same old shit
Family portrait, everyone smile/ husband and wife walking down the aisle
So angelic in her wedding gown/ exchange your rings, say your vows/
Friends and family all around/ throw that bouquet in the crowd

Settle down; have some kids/ Chevrolet, a house to live
Years go by at the job you hate but you make so much you could never quit
The drinks they help your day move quicker/ come home drunk, need more liquor/
Mind all numb, body sore/ that’s your wife on the kitchen floor
Bleeding, moaning, broken jaw/ these are the days when you don’t divorce

Picture-perfect family ties/ suburban 60’s way of life
If your old man beat you day or night/ then you wore more makeup
And stayed inside
You couldn’t leave the house screaming out
Keep your mouth closed/ there’s certain things you didn’t speak about

Look at the autumn leaves fallen’ upon each other/
Look at the ground; it’s on fire from all the color/
Look how the Great Lake swallows the sun into its stomach
And reflects the stars that upon up above it

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