Saturday, August 11, 2018

Overread at the Counter: Cthulhu McQueen

I was inspired by a Twitter friend of mine, PK, from the band Blisstique, to write a song called "Cthulhu McQueen."  The name was inspired by a couple of songs we were trading back and forth.

While I am not, myself, blessed with the gene to sit down and write a poem or a song, my nephew-in-law and great friend, a shy man who wants to be known only as "MR" was able to write the song based on the parameters I gave him:  The name, and set on Long Island in the state of New York.

What he came up with, he hopes that PK may one day make into a song.   MR says it can either be 4/4 or 6/4 and has placed emphasis on the stressed syllables as they hit either 1,2,3,4 beats (4/4), or 1st and 4th beats (6/4).

He also says although he was unaware of it at the time, he may have been channeling a bit of Bruce Springsteen's "Spirits in the Night" (a song made a hit by Manfred Mann's Earth Band).


Cthulhu McQueen

I was driving through Brooklyn with Cthulhu McQueen.
We were looking for that Goth/Bohemian scene.
Gail O’Grady in the back seat, drinking styrene,
She said, “Brooklyn is dead, boys, let’s head out to Queens

At the Shepherd Metro exit there on Pitkin Avenue,
Meryl G was pacing in glittered platform shoes.
She was singing a song she called “Angelmint Blues
Gail shouted out the window, “Girl I love your Jimmy Choos!”

Cthulhu hopped in the back, Meryl took over shotgun,
Then she slipped a pink tab under my tongue with her tongue
Gail said, “What kind of mom would give that name to her son?
He said, “The kind who reads Lovecraft from the dusk until dawn.”
At the lighthouse at Montauk ‘bout a quarter past three,
I was smelling the colours of the wind through the trees.
Cthulu’s arms became tentacles sliding out from his sleeves
That wrapped around Gail, then both slipped into the sea.


I awoke to the sun  chasing away the last star,
Meryl G was snoring loudly in the back of the car.
To this day I can’t say exactly what I had seen,
But that’s the last I saw of Gail and Cthulhu McQueen.

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