COUNCILMAN ON A BARGE / ADRIFT

06:26
Jabberwock - Letterbomb
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Lyrics

COUNCILMAN ON A BARGE / ADRIFT Somewhere off the coast of California Floats the home of a lonely legislator They were going to kill him, but that was too kind Now he lives with the whitecaps and the seagulls Some are not as fortunate as others Some are forced to kneel down in disgrace He proposed an answer to the problem Which disqualified him from the human race Over the water Sons and daughters Over the water Rodent diving down Over the water Sons and daughters Over the water Councilman on a barge When the moon is full upon the water I can almost see the silhouette Waiting for a burial at sea The man that Will Rogers never met Over the water Sons and daughters Over the water Rodent diving down Over the water Sons and daughters Over the water Councilman on a barge Some are not as fortunate as others Some are forced to kneel down in disgrace He proposed an answer to the problem Which disqualified him from the human race When the moon is full upon the water I can almost see the silhouette Waiting for a burial at sea The man that Will Rogers never met Over the water Sons and daughters Over the water Rodent diving down Over the water Sons and daughters Over the water Councilman on a barge Love isn't what it used to be c 1996 by Wishnefsky Wishnefsky - vocals, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, bass, synth Todd - vocals, synth Dave - drums Dev Dosaj - violin COMMENTS I wrote this song long before we did it in Jabberwock. The original version was an electronic Depeche Mode kind of thingy. It did feature the electric guitar riff that became one of the song's hooks. The lyrics were inspired by the story of an LA City Councilman, whose name I can't recall, who advanced the brilliantly sick idea of sticking the homeless on a barge and sending them out to sea. My knee jerk reaction was that he was the idiot who should be stuck on a barge and a song was born. I enjoyed recording Councilman. In my mind, it was kind of like a Midnight Oil tune: simple, strong, political, and rocking. Come to think of it, I ought to send it to Peter Garrett. I met him once after an Oils' show. I told him I was a lawyer and musician like him. His response, in a strong aussie accent: "Well then, we must be brothers, mate." The end of Councilman segues into an interlude that quotes the song Skin: "love isn't what it used to be." Dev, our graciouos host and extremely talented musician and classical music composer played the violin part. The version you hear is like his second or third pass through. He hated it. "It's got some bum notes in there," he complained. "So the fuck what," I replied. "This isn't classical music. What you did feels right. We're keeping it." Dev just shrugged and walked out. I enjoyed Councilman live because of the segue. I would sneak over to Todd's keyboard and he would go to center stage. He always put so much heart and soul into that line. I always felt like that section of Letterbomb was something that set us apart. Wishnefsky

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