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21 November 2005

you and your band have to go away now or i'll call the police


It is one of the Miracles of Planet Earth that Jonathan Richman eventually no longer needed a Day Job, working in the Wal-Mart or at the Gas Station. With his annoying whiney-teen voice, and the really car-accident ideas of music and poetry in his very odd brain, he nevertheless managed to make something resembling a living from writing these verkakte songs and singing them with bands on the streets of Boston, and then on endless tours around the world.

He won my heart many years ago with the name of one of his bands:

Jonathan Richman
& The Burning Sensations

Dozens of high school and college Career Counselors and Music Teachers warned him not to try keep making music. He refused to listen.

But Boston listened. Secretaries coming back from lunch to their offices in Government Center listened -- before the building manager came outside and chased Jonathan and his band away. But they came back the next day

to make the secretaries feel better
when they put the stamps on the letter


And the World listened. Because he made the World laugh and smile. Jonathan Richman warms the Heart of the Whole World.

He's just the suburban college kid who's trying to date your daughter (and who you pray to God he'll go away). He's just the kid with a backpack who's travelling around the world to see Paris and Israel and everywhere he can get to on his Eurailpass. One of his albums has a photo of him in Paris standing next to the street sign: Rue du Maurice Chevalier. Big Ambitions. (The psychiatrist's evaluation probably called it "megalomania.")

He's just the 16-year-old home-schooler hanging around in the parking lot of the Cumberland Farm convenience store with his buds at 3 am on a summer night ~~ makin a little music with a kazoo and a ukelele.

Michael Jackson is The King of Pop. Eminim is HUGE! 50 Cent is HUGE! Paul McCartney has a knighthood and is HUGE! ABBA is HUGE!

Either there is something wrong with Jonathan Richman or there is something wrong with the Earth, I'm not sure which.

All I know is, Jonathan Richman & The Burning Sensations are appearing six nights a week at the Dirty Laundry Coffee House & laundromat in Ciudad Vleeptron (in Poortown, across from Drek-Mart).

from the vinyl geezer album (and certainly surely followed by the CD and certainly followed by mp3s and DVDs and iPods and Hi-Def and Direkt-2-Brane e-Musik)

"Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers" (1976)

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New England

Spoken:

See, I come from Boston.

I'm gonna tell you about how I love New England.
It's my favorite place.


I've been all around the world,
but I love New England best.

I might be prejudiced.

But it's true, I love New England best.

Well, now...


the song begins ... the music resembles an old New England sea-shanty, what the sailors might sing on the Pequod:

You know, ladies and gentlemen,
I've already been to Paris,
I already been to Rome

And what did I do
but miss my home?

I have been out west to Californ'

But I miss the land where I was born
I can't help it

Dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum-da-dum-day
Oh, New England!
Dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum-da-dum-day
Oh, New England!

I have seen old Israel's arid plain
It's magnificent

But so's Maine


Dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum-da-dum-day

Oh, New England!

Dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum-da-dum-day
Oh, New England!
Doddly-doodly-do-do-doo-do-do
Doddly-doodly-do-do-doo-do-do

Doddly-doodly-do-do-doo-do-do

Doddly-doodly-do-do-doo-do-do
Dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum-da-dum-day

Oh, I love New England!
Dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum-da-dum-day
Oh, New England!
Dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum-da-dum-day
Oh, New England

Dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum-da-dum-day
Oh, New England
Dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum-da-dum-day

Oh, New England

Dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum-da-dum-day
Oh, New England
Dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum-da-dum-day

Oh, New England
Dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum-da-dum-day

Oh, New England


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Here Come the Martian Martians

Here come the Martian Martians
And I wouldn't be surprised if they were riding on their Martian bike
And we have to find out right now

What kind of flavor do these Martians like


Here come the Martian Martians
And they're riding on their Martian bike

Well, we have to find out right now

What kind of ice cream do the Martians like?


Here come the Martian Martians
Why staying in such a cheap hotel?

Maybe we should help out the Martians

Looks like the Martians ain't doin' too well.


Martian time time time

Well, it's Martian rhyme time
We got a Martian rhyme
for Martian Martian time


And the Martians got notebooks
in their little hand

Well they're strangers in this land


Martian time
It's Martian Martian time


Well, here come the Martian Martains.

They're trying to fight with rocks and sticks
Don't the Martians know better?

Looks like they're up to their same old tricks.
Well, here come the Martian Martians
They got notebooks in their hand
What are they trying to write down?
I guess they must be strangers in this land

Martian rhyme rhyme
Well, Martian time time

Well, you got Martian rhymes for Martian Martian time


See, the Martians have notebooks in their little hand

See, they're still strangers in this land
Martian time, it's Martian Martian time


Well, here come the Martian Martians

Baking up a Martian cake

We better find out right now

What kind of flavor do these Martians make
Well, here come the Martian Martians
There are Martian schoolgirls too
Well, I like the
Martian schoolgirls
And I hope they like me too


Martian rhyme rhyme rhyme

It's Martian time time time
You got the Martian rhymes for Martian Martian time

The Martians have notebooks in their little hand
Because they're strangers in this land
Martian rhyme, it's Martian Martian time

Well, here come the Martian Martians

Well, they're baking up a Martian pie

I hope the Martians like me

And give some to I

Well, here come the Martian Martians
Well, they're setting up a Kool-Aid stand
Where's their financial advisor?
Somebody should take him by the hand


Martian rhyme rhyme rhyme

Martian time time time

You got a Martian rhyme for Martian Martian time

And the Martians have notebooks in their little hand

They're still strangers in this land
Martian rhyme, it's Martian Martian time


5 Comments:

Anonymous patfromch said...

Thaks very much for that !!!
used to have his first album with the Modern Lovers on tape. Simple and effective. I have underrated Vleeptron, I thought you were into complicated things like Sun Ra and Zappa.
Ever heard the one about Harpo and his Harp ?
Have a good time at the show !

14:29  
Blogger Bob Merkin said...

Lenny and Spike, those two Youth Hoodlums from Planet Yobbo who keep hacking into the Vleeptron Supercomputer and leaving filthy posts, are like you -- they think I'm just musically an Olde Farte, ein Altekaker.

There is more to Old Bob the Junior Geezer than meets the ear.

Hey, go climb a Northern Alp and wave to my friend Uwe in Berlin. After the Vleeptron NGO brings peace to

* the Middle East
* Sri Lanka
* Iraq and Afghanistan
* Northern Ireland
* India and Pakistan
* the Maoist v. Royalty thing in Nepal

we shall turn our attention to the icy chilly Foehn that seems to blow over the Alps between CH and DE. Uwe and Berlin rock! So wave Hi, sprache: Wie Gehts!


(Uwe admires the supermodel wife of your [former?] Ambassador to DE. Vleeptron would love to hear CH's gossip and smut about her.)

09:42  
Anonymous patfromch said...

Mrs Shawne Borer-Fielding? Ex Miss Texas ? You mean that sex scandal her old man was involved in? The one that killed his career ? That's tabloid level, mate !Apart from that I can't remember all the details because the stroy happened about 2 years ago. Plus, the local tabloid that broke the stroy is part of the stroy, which is not what journalism should be all about. Still wanna hear it ?

11:44  
Blogger Bob Merkin said...

oh you bet!

maybe if we go down deep enough into the cesspool of this story, we can find a link between Miss Texas and Governor Texas!

I love diplomats in scandals! Is this as good as the M. Butterfly thing?

12:01  
Anonymous patfromch said...

here's one from CNN (duh)
http://archives.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe/07/11/swiss.editor/

and here's one from the Sydney Morning Herald
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/07/08/1025667102745.html

Don't ask me what they're doing now. i don't want to know and I don't bloody care. There are more important things in life than this Termite Culture thing.

13:04  

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