Two Junkies Dead

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Two Junkies Dead

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This came about from a suggestion by Chip in the "confession" forum.

John says - As Chip was the guy responsible for the seeds of this creation, I'm glad he jumped on board as a collaborator.

Demo added 7/31 - Years ago, Steve Martin did a stand-up bit about how hard it is to play a sad song on the banjo. (He's an excellent picker.) Well, this one is sad, and now a banjo song.

Lyrics: 

V1
Leg warmers, ice cream, and... dynamite
Secret identities veiled in delight
Church bells are ringing
With dirty spoons bringing
The juice that they shoot in their veins...

V2
Visions appearing, reality recedes
Dying of thirst from formaldehyde dreams
Church bells are ringing
With dirty spoons bringing
The truth, or its twisted remains

Prechorus
The truth is the song's still the same...

Ch
Two junkies dead and the world doesn't care...
Their families upset that they couldn't be there
Two junkies dead, all alone and so cold
Somewhere a mother... just can't be consoled
Two junkies dead
Was all that I read
The newspaper simply had said...
Two junkies dead...

Solo

V3
Leg warmers, ice cream, and... dynamite
Secret identities veiled in delight
Church bells are ringing
With dirty spoons bringing
The juice that they shot in their veins...

Prechorus
The truth is the song's still the same...

Ch
Two junkies dead and the world doesn't care...
Their families upset that they couldn't be there
Two junkies dead, all alone and so cold
Somewhere a mother... just can't be consoled
Two junkies dead
Was all that I read
The newspaper simply had said...
Two junkies dead...

Two junkies dead...

Two junkies dead...



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Comments

metalfoot's picture

Well executed idea and great job taking the ball and running with it!

Stephen Wordsmith's picture

Yeah, this is a great fulfilment of the challenge (such as it is). All these diverse ideas are reconciled effortlessly, and lines such as 'Dying of thirst from formaldehyde dreams' are classic.

Chip Withrow's picture

Incredible - I would have expected something far, far less serious from that combination of ideas. I had to set it to music - add me as a collaborator and I'll share what I did.

oneslowtyper's picture

Hey @Chip Withrow, I remember that skit with Steve Martin! Even your rendition here, of a sad, banjo song now reminds me of that skit... but I love it!
If this was a music video, I could picture an old vagabond sitting around a fire, w/banjo singing about his life on the streets, and the things he's seen.

Rob From Amersfoort's picture

I never saw that skit or realized this, but indeed, the banjo makes it feel a little less a pity that these two junkies are dead. It's like the song is waiting to burst out in a full-scale sing along jollyfull song about dead junkies :-).

pfoo's picture

I am finding myself morbidly in love with this song. It is sad and lonely, and the unexpected combination of innocence and destruction cuts right to the core of the tragedy of addiction. I think the banjo suits it fine.