A 1993 poetry reading CD was included in the Stand Up To Be Discontinued exhibition book and later reproduced in the Pearls Before Swine book. It included readings of the following poems: Fallin’ Ditch The Tired Plain Skeleton Makes Good Safe Sex Drill Tulip Gill At the time, many found the recording shocking and upsetting. This was the first time Don Van Vliet had been widely heard in public since 1982’s Ice Cream For Crow and the intervening 11 years had clearly not been kind. He sounded far older than his 52 years and rumours of illness seemed to have confirmation. Today, I think theyRead More →

When I get lonesome the wind begin t’ moan When I trip fallin’ ditch Somebody wanna’ throw the dirt right down When I feel like dyin’ the sun come out ‘n stole m’ fear ‘n gone Who’s afraid of the spirit with the bluesferbones Who’s afraid of the fallin’ ditch Fallin’ ditch ain’t gonna get my bones How’s that for the spirit How’s that for the things Ain’t my fault the thing’s gone wrong ‘n when I’m smilin’ my face wrinkles up real warm ‘n when um frownin’ things just turn t’ stone Fallin’ ditch ain’t gonna get my bones ‘n when I get lonesomeRead More →