DECADENCE
with Butler in Brooklyn 2012-2014

 
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1 Blue Blue State     2 Free Fire Zone    3 The Troglodytes    4 Long Live the King     5 Hitler     6 Don't Kick the TV

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All songs produced in Brooklyn by studio guru and progressive tzaddik Chris D. Butler -
beyond his recording genius and an insane amount of time, Butler donated slide guitar
and tambourine on Troglodytes, shaker on Troglodytes/Hitler, and some of the piano on
Blue Blue State. If you like my music he's one of the reasons I'm still doing it; if you
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LYRICS                           
 

1. BLUE BLUE STATE

Rule by a fool isn't cool to be sure:
He couldn't even say "nuclear"
He talked like (and well, okay, murdered) the poor,
   All instead of enduring their fate.
Rule by the rulers as cool as to be:
That's what we call "meritocracy"
Or, anyway, other than you 'til I see
   Your embarrassment redden to hate, I see your embarrassment redden to hate and now I'm in a 

   Blue Blue State,
   A Blue Blue State.
   Without your love I am totally blue
   What in the world do you want me to do no don't answer that it's okay really no wait
   I'm in a Blue State.

Hand in your land to a banker or king
if you want it all squandered on gambling:
The banditry generally stand to the bling
   At an inverse proportionate rate.
So, swaddled in twaddle and pabulum and puns
(In bubbles to match the financial ones),
With our knowledge we play keep away from the Huns,
   From the barbarians at the gate, and now there are barbarians at the gate outside of my

   Blue Blue State
   I'm in a Blue Blue State
   Without your love I may be turning blue:
   What in the world do you want me to do but no hang on no it's okay really no wait:
   ... blue state.

Whether it's breadth of the wallet or head
Is how the 'ocracy's 'merited,'
And which it'd be best to inherit instead
   to be master of everyone's fate,
Make of the hats or what's under the hats:
Plutocrats or technocrats,
   There was another word ended with that, it was - hang on, no it's okay really, no wait

Liberal as literally "fit to be free:"
Rituals of sensitivity
Tell us who's meant in our presence to speak
   And our young men and women to date.
Now every four years we find out who prefers
Their CEOs to their managers
I guess it's okay til the next one occurs
   And it's "Darling don't say it's too late"
   It well might be "Darling don't say it's too late" for me and my

   Blue Blue State,
   I'm in a Blue Blue State...
   Okay your tolerance even for intellect falls
   The more the goddamned intellectuals
   Treat whether the unlettered
   Or poor should be culls as the meaning of all the debate
   And I'm in a blue state.


2. FREE FIRE ZONE

In the State of Nature,
The war of all against all,
The life of man is nice again it's gracious
And damned near interminable.
So you can stick your regulations
Where the sun never shone.

Give us a Free Fire Zone
A Free Fire Zone
Everything only to be free
Excepting present company

There was a Rise of Species
Before the Descent of Man.
Look out behind you, AD: there's a line of BCs:
You better get with the plan.
They're doing fine there slinging feces
For what good decency's shown;

Give us a Free Fire Zone
A Free Fire Zone
Everything only to be free
Excepting present company

   And for the Wealth of Nations
   Everybody understands
   We don't need no factories, need the polling stations
   Or any visible hands

For in The Sleep of Reason
's where Liberty's being born
Give thanks that you've been standing yeah get down on your knees and
Think of who we can still warn:
For like the pit-bull that one frees on
Communities one sent home,

Here comes a Free Fire Zone
A Free Fire Zone
Everything only to be free
Excepting present company
Excepting present company,
Excepting present company,
Excepting present company,


3. THE TROGLODYTES

Well the Troglodytes
   Return to the foundation
And the Gotta-Be-Rights
   concerned with nothing so much as miscegenation
   Between that nation
And themselves,
   And perturbations
In the bedrock that NOBODY DELVES
LIKE THE TROGLODYTES.

Some of the foreigners like
   That fundamentalism
And we have got an Enlight-
   enment they can see is better although so far it isn't:
   Between those prisoners
In their bays,
   And the decision
"Bomb or starve them right back TO THE DAYS
OF THE TROGLODYTES."

   "Well we've gotta be fighting them
      There or be fighting them here."
   The very thought that we're writing their
   Recruitment flyers for them
      Faster than they can disappear
         And could be trading brawn for brains
(& the hearts that allow for brains)
         Might just require associating with the indigenous strains

So the Troglodytes
   Are following a vision
We maybe ought to invite
Them into a light
   Shared with us yeah but that'd mean religion
   And individu-
alism balks
   it will be stygian
In the place where one finally
   It will be
   It will be dark
In the place one FINALLY TALKS
TO THE TROGLODYTES. 

 

 

 

 

 

4. LONG LIVE THE KING

Long Live the King
Somebody used to say so
But the King is Dead
The King is Dead

Longevity,
I guess it "has it's place" and so
The King is Dead
The King is Dead

I still believe
In moments before waking
And when shaking
The dreams from my head

Long Live the King
would mean that someone would replace him
But we say "I Have a Dream
and I'm Staying in Bed."

Long Live the King
would mean that someone would replace him
But we say "I Have a Dream
and I'm Staying in Bed."

 

 


5. HITLER

After I shot Adolf Hitler I would look on him with pity
Like any stupid animal Id needed to put down
If in a froth of rage and spittle or a dogs peculiar dignity
Of shattered silent pining
At the red spot on his shiny coat of brown or maybe whining
For the meals hed meant to guzzle at each lent unmuzzled opportunity;
And after I shot Adolf Hitler I would make sure to remind myself
Hes on my list of people not to be.

After I got Congress to apply its statutes to our sitting
President I would protest his execution cos its wrong
For have we not less monstrous means whereby to stop him from committing
All these crimes against humanity 
And time enough and hadnt we all along and whats he ever done
But everything we let him (so its all of us that treasure being "free") -
After I shot Adolf Hitler I might look on him with pity but
Hes on my list of people not to be

[[ After I shot each last one of you at [name of venue] here tonight, Id
Take my semi-automatic and Id turn it on myself
And dont be shocked, Im just funnin you the guitar case of mine right
There would need some kind of makeover
to fit a retooled AK-47 Im just kidding
But the point is Id get mine as well cos I can tell youre quite as swell as me:
And after we shot Adolf Hitler we would make sure to remind ourselves
hes on our list of people not to be. ]]

Some lists are expanding
about six million young uns,
Give or take a couple million if it rains.
The divine right of kings,
the time it makes em run on,
Justifies the destination of the trains (and its an annual hunger)
ha-ha Holocaust of kids:
A bellys like a conscience, it is
Usually empty when it swells:
Thing about Nazis is,
The thing about them Nazis
is theyre only ever anybody else

After I shot Adolf Hitler in a pleasant power fantasy
I got to ^%#$ing Heidi Klum and Marilyn Monroe
And then I washed up a little and I got out a fresh handkerchief
For more this evening after weve
enjoyed my masterpieces and gone home and Santayana reasoned
that can cause the blindness of the kind outdoes the crimes of history
But after Ive shot Adolf Hitler I could make sure to remind myself
that hes on my list of people not to be
that hes on my list of people not to be (It's nice to have one)
that hes on my list of people not to be (I'll get to it someday)
on my list
of people not
to be.

 

 


6. DON'T KICK THE TV

Honey, don't kick the TV
If it won't play your shows
If there's a world full of sunny people that you want to see
But it just snows
If the screen is full of ghosts
That you didn't put there
If it won't pick up most
Of this stuff hanging in the air
It's a brainless machine,
No use being angry
Honey please go easy on me

Honey, don't kick the TV
If it won't play the game
If it won't bring you Lifestyles
of Fortune and Fame
If the dialogue is not always
Murder She Wrote
If your remote control could never be
Sufficiently remote
It's a shame but it's being
The best it can be
Honey please go easy on me

Honey please, honey go easy on the TV
We've all got these things we can't now, things don't want to see
And all the program decisions that I don't know who makes
As if it's late breaking news each night that everything breaks
And in between, all the shows (it must take fifteen takes)
In which somebody gets to be free

And I know it's not you, dear, but it sure isn't
Well, in the

Days we've still to go,
it'll be sitting there
Too expensive to replace and yes I know
Too cheap to repair
And it's sad that you can't always
Get what they say
But the damn thing was working eight hours today
it's a brainless machine
I'm prepared to agree
But honey, please don't break the TV
Honey please go easy on me.