The Man Who Slept Too Long

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The music for this track was inspired by the the West African beat known as Moribayassa, as taught by Taylor at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago

lyrics

woke up this morning
found a newspaper from yesterday
the greatest thrills are yet to come
"Adventures of Kathlyn" at theatres today

put on my Homburg
with Milwaukee Avenue ahead
the man in knickers laughed at me
"hit the road, bozo!" he said

We haven’t had movies in this building
since 1908
if you want to get with the times
get some Action Roller skates instead

I slept for what seemed like ages
dreaming of Action Rollers
fancy figure skating
zipping around sharp corners

put on my knickers
with Milwaukee Avenue ahead
the man in the zoot suit laughed at me
"take a powder, knucklehead!"

That was Eddie’s hardware store
Eddie is now long since dead
roller skates are no longer in fashion
how ‘bout an RCA Victor instead

I dreamt of jitter-free pictures
on all thirteen channels
a Golden Throat tone system
broadcasting Henry Aldrich’s troubles

put on my zoot suit
with Milwaukee Avenue ahead
the man in cargo laughed at me
"vete, usted!"

Tu es loco, señor!
Televisor? No lo tengo.
Pero si tiene hambre
Tenemos buenos chiles rellenos

credits

from Prairie Shanties of the Landlocked Mariner, released December 4, 2012
Felipe Fraga- snare and shaker
Rami Atassi- bass
44 Cent, Chris Darby, and Lex Mendes- spoken word

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Rob Reid Chicago, Illinois

A voracious listener of traditional music from around the world, Rob draws from genres such as hi-life, griot, bossa nova, and classic jazz to create a backdrop for songs about real and fictional characters. Unlike Rob, these colorful characters get involved in endeavors such as riding public transit in West Africa, surviving lightning strikes, and holding up banks. ... more

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