Originally appeared on Bongo Fury

Sam with the showing scalp flat top,
particular about the point it made.
Why, when I was knee-high to a grasshopper,
this black juice came out on a hard shelled chin.
And that called that ‘tobacco juice’.
I used to fiddle with my back feet music for a black onyx.
My entire room absorbed every echo.
The music was… thud like. The music was… thud like.
I usually played such things as rough-neck and thug.
Opaque melodies that would bug most people.
Music from the other side of the fence.
A black swan figurine lay on all color lily pads.
On a little conglomeration table of pressed black felt.
With same color shadows, and obscene knob knees and what-nots.
The long hallway rolled out into oddball odd.
Beside the fly-pecked black doorway,
that looked closed on the tar-lattice street.
Up a wrought iron fire escape.
Rolled out a tiny wooden platform with
dark, hard, dark rubber wheels.
Roll, skreek! Roll, skreek! Roll, skreek!
Sam with the showing scalp flat top,
particular about the point it made.
Sam was a BASKET CASE!

A hardened dark ivory clip held saleable everyday pencils.
I wish I had a pair ‘o bongos!
Bongo Fury! Bongo Fury!
Oowwwww! Bongo Fury!
(boogie!)
Bongo Fury! Bongo Fury!

(1975)

Originally made available at Justin Sherill’s Home Page Replica.

5 Comments »

  1. Mark Forrest says:

    Interesting…I always thought it was “roughneckin’ thug”…

    gotta love “conglomeration table” and “opaque melodies that would bug most people”…

  2. Brock Blither says:

    I thought it was ‘the music was dirt-like’.

    Yes, ‘opaque melodies that would bug most people’ is a great response to ‘what sort of music do you like?’

    • Bill Tuten says:

      I am 66 years old. I have been listening to “opaque melodies That would bug most people” since I was six years old.

    • Neil Woolford says:

      I’m with you on “dirt like”, which is how I heard it when my ears were much younger. I’ve just been checking it out through good headphones, and I still go with “dirt” rather than “thud”.

  3. Tom Chisdock says:

    My tar room absorbed every echo

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