Originally appeared on Bongo Fury

The man with the woman head
Polynesian wallpaper made the face stand out,
a mixture of Oriental and early vaudeville jazz poofter,
forming a hard, beetle-like triangular chin much like a praying mantis.
Smoky razor-cut, low on the ear neck profile.
The face the color of a nicotine-stained hand.
Dark circles collected under the wrinkled, folded eyes,
map-like from too much turquoise eyepaint.
He showed his old tongue through ill-fitting wooden teeth,
stained from too much opium, chipped from the years.
The feet, brown wrinkles above straw loafers.
A piece of cocoanut in a pink seashell caught the tongue
and knotted into thin white strings.
Charcoal grey Eisenhower jacket zipped and tucked into a lotus green ascot.
A coil of ashes collected on the white-on-yellow dacs.
Four slender bones with rings and nails
endured the weight of a hard fast black rubber cigarette holder.
I could just make out Ace as he carried the tray and mouthed,
“You cheap son of a bitch”
as a straw fell out of a Coke, cartwheeled into the gutter.
So this was a drive-in restaurant in Hollywood,
So this was a drive-in restaurant in Hollywood,
So this was a drive-in restaurant in Hollywood.

(1975)

Originally made available at Justin Sherill’s Home Page Replica.

2 Comments »

  1. Mark Forrest says:

    Nice to see the lyrics printed out like that.

    A small correction for your consideration:

    “A coil of ashes collected on the white-on-yellow Dacks”

    [Dack is a Canadian brand of shoes (now made in England), like Florsheim…I remember them from my childhood…there were also Dack’s Shoe Stores in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where I grew up…it seems that the brand has recently been revived, which you can see on their website]

  2. Jon Thouvenelle says:

    Thank you. Went to four shows of Bongo Fury including front row at Claremont College.

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