Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Helicopter Ben Goes Public

Here's "Helicopter Ben" on the wall of my studio, keeping "Red Geithner" and "The Annotated Burnett (in the manner of Francis Bacon)" company.



Then after the first part of one day on the street with the Canal Plus people...



And then at the end of the day, having traveled up to 50th St to visit it's cousin "The Annotated Fuld" and then back down to civilization, that being the Peter McManus Cafe...



Favorite annotation?



Me? I love a Bob Marley lyric.

The entire song?
Them crazy, them crazy -
We gonna chase those crazy
Baldheads out of town;
Chase those crazy baldheads
Out of our town.

I'n'I build a cabin;
I'n'I plant the corn;
Didn't my people before me
Slave for this country?
Now you look me with that scorn,
Then you eat up all my corn.

We gonna chase those crazy -
Chase them crazy -
Chase those crazy baldheads out of town!
---
/Scat singing/
---
Build your penitentiary, we build your schools,
Brainwash education to make us the fools.
Hate is your reward for our love,
Telling us of your God above.

We gonna chase those crazy -
Chase those crazy bunkheads -
Chase those crazy baldheads out of the yown!
---
/Instrumental break/
---
We gonna chase those crazy -
Chase those crazy bunkheads -
Chase those crazy baldheads out of the yown!

Here comes the conman
Coming with his con plan.
We won't take no bribe;
We've got [to] stay alive.

We gonna chase those crazy -
Chase those crazy baldheads -
Chase those crazy baldheads out of the yown.
All of which is fine (and I'm listening to the damned thing as I type). But if you're gonna spell the last word of the song phonetically--yown rather than town--then you should open wif "Dem crazy..." I'm assuming that the annotation's author's assumption is that this is the theme song of Fox Business News. "We gonna chase dem crazy bumpheads outta dah town."

I always thought it was "bumphead", not "bunkhead." But I'm not sweating it. Me? I'n'I jus paintin' dah paintin'.

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