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Markin’ Time

Words and Music: Cornelius Eady

I was walkin’ down Lonely Street
Checkin’ out the empty storefronts
When this woman walked up to me
She said “It’s heaven or it’s hell, and what’s the difference?
This world ain’t gonna rhyme
It’s a big DEAD-END sign
You think you’re doing so fine
But you’re just markin’ time.”

I said, “lady, it ain’t my fault,
This mess was around when I got here.”
Well, she looked me over from head to toe
Then run me down with a voice so clear
She said, “if I had a mop,
Well, I’d just wipe you up,
If I had a broom,
I’d sweep you out the room.”

We were loitering on Lonely Street,
Two romantic fools at the oven’s door.
The sky overhead was billowing red,
Money and oil on the killing floor.
She said “the authentic muse
Wears bright ballroom shoes.”
We tap danced down the street,
As the horns got ready to sound the retreat.

CE: Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocal
Lisa Liu: Lead Acoustic Gutar


from CHEAP HOTEL EP, released December 15, 2015



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Cornelius Eady & Rough Magic New York, New York

Cornelius Eady is the author of 8 books of poetry, lives in NYC and MO and is the co-founder of Cave Canem. The band Rough Magic came out of the sessions for his CD/Chapbook BOOK OF HOOKS. (Kattywompus Press, Jan. 2013)

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