Jon James Is Dead

Music // Clutching At Straws (2019)

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Jon James Is Dead
J.J. Benson


Extra! Extra!—a dozen for a dime
Talking heads, gasbags—preach the next headline
Panic on the increase; the signal on decline
What you gonna believe gettin’ harder to define
Exposes, disclosures—pic  puppet show
Let’s break to check the weather

Partly sunny—politic & crime
Frame the spin and stick the pins—it’s voodoo by design
Kick ‘em where it counts—nobody toe the holy line
Lookie there, new movie star—but how long will you shine?
Come and thumb your noses—make the world eat crow
Confiscate the blood money—everything they owe
Update in Alaska
It’s 31° below
Barrow—northernmost town
Barren—white-out all around
Snow globe—oil beneath the ground
Christmas is coming
It’s time for a word from our sponsor

Extra! Extra!—a way to pass the time
Six o’ clock supper—soak it all in while you dine
To the easy chair, then—the feet up and recline
Fade into indifference—another glass of wine
One more dull day closes—mind growin’ slow
Ain’t it kinda funny, this—all you’ve come to know
There goes my man Moses—ducks all in a row
Hands full of commandments—tryin’ to stem this flow
Stop, friend—smell the roses—still a long way to go
To the land of milk & honey
Reality show