My wife listened to this and said: "So you've got a bunch of french people escaping their burning building. Did the narrator set fire to it? Where did this come from?"
All I could say is "Who knows where thoughts come from? They just appear! And... I don't think the narrator set fire to the building, but I can't be sure"
What I was going for was, a bunch of very different people with very different lives and aspirations can be suddenly brought together and made the same by one relatively small event. In this case, a fire in an apartment building.
Did it work? Maybe not. Ah well
Pete Garnier got nothing to say, for all he’s on the move
Head down, each morning off to town, he’s got a lot to prove
Petite Cezanne, wears her cap like a man, and quotes Fourier
On the top floor, she’ll give you what for, if you get in her way
Fire alarm, fire alarm, wake from your sleep
Fire alarm, fire alarm, get to the street
Fire alarm, fire alarm, only half awake
Fire alarm, fire alarm, it’s no mistake
Sweet Marie never bothered with me, she can afford to choose
Between the gifts from the men on her list, she has the most to lose
Old Pierre’s always out on the stair, to pass the time of day
He doesn’t move like he did in his youth, hope he’ll get out okay
Fire alarm, fire alarm, out in the cold
Fire alarm, fire alarm, young and old
Fire alarm, fire alarm, leaves us as we came
Fire alarm, fire alarm, watching the flame
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