Monday, July 5, 2010

Fifth of July

looking out the fishbowl
at this beethoven bust
ever since the canine
no one's looking at us
but i bet with a running start
we could leap out of the water
a two foot drop to the oriental rug
and no one would be bothered
we could flip and flop across the hardwood floor
hold our breath through the lawn
the bust now sits where a globe used to be
canada should be at the end of this street
and lake louise is where i want to be

it's the fifth of july
feeling independent
please step aside
the celebration's over
we're now on our own for the first of our lives
on the fifth of july
now what

looking out the kennel
at the dying oak tree
ever since the newborn
no one's looking at me
but i bet with these incisors
i could gnaw through this lead
a two mile run to the county line
a two state run to the sea
i could run through the briars and the brambles
where a rabbit wouldn't go
so fast the hounds couldn't catch me
like a johnny horton show
and anywhere is where i wanna be

it's the fifth of july
feeling independent
please step aside
the celebration's over
we're now on our own for the first of our lives
on the fifth of july
now what

one if by land
two if by sea
three if by phone or facsimile
four if by plane
five if by boat
six if bilingual
seven by goat
eight by ten glossies of me

looking out the bedroom
at the snowy tv
ever since commencement
no one's asking 'bout me
but i bet before the night falls
i could catch the late bus
take small provisions and this beethoven bust
i could find work in the outskirts of the city
eat some fish on the way
befriend an old dog for a roadside pal
find a nice couch to stay
a pull sofa, if you please

it's the fifth of july
feeling independent
please step aside
the celebration's over
we're now on our own for the first of our lives
on the fifth of july
now what

FIFTH OF JULY
by Eddie from Ohio - A folk-rock band from Virginia
Artwork by Suzanne Thiel, Lansing, Michigan

5 comments:

altadenahiker said...

Ok, you've got to explain Eddie from Ohio as a name for a band from Virginia.

Mister Earl said...

Eddie from Ohio is a great band. Seen them several times, but they don't get out here too often. They're from the Washington DC part of Virginia and usually are voted best band in the DC area. The drummer's name is Eddie. Apparently, there was rock musician or someone who was called Eddie from Ohio, so this Eddie's girlfriend started calling him Eddie from Ohio, even though he was not from Ohio. The name stuck and they named the band after it.

Havisham Patrizzi said...

love it.

BANJO52 said...

That "now what" refrain has some real punch.

As for the name, I like a lot of things Ohio, of course.

It reminds me of another weird group name, weird even as band names go: Enter the Haggis. They have a bit of Gaelic hue (hue?) in their rock stuff. They're way too loud and hip for me, but I was very impressed by their professionalism and energy.

Tash said...

did you ever see the play Fifth of July...I played on PBS and had John-boy in it. I remember I liked it a lot, but then I was just 20 or less when I saw it.