Songs From the Spider Den, Volume Two (The Bukowski Songs)

by Britt AM

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    These are my rendition of seven poems by Charles Bukowski.

     

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released May 9, 2015

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Track Name: rain
rain by Charles Bukowski

a symphony orchestra.
there is a thunderstorm,
they are playing a Wagner overture
and the people leave their seats under the trees
and run inside to the pavilion
the women giggling, the men pretending calm,
wet cigarettes being thrown away,
Wagner plays on, and then they are all under the
pavilion. the birds even come in from the trees
and enter the pavilion and then it is the Hungarian
Rhapsody #2 by Lizst, and it still rains, but look,
one man sits alone in the rain
listening. the audience notices him. they turn
and look. the orchestra goes about its
business. the man sits in the night in the rain,
listening. there is something wrong with him,
isn't there?
he came to hear the
music.

From 'Mockingbird Wish Me Luck' © 1972 by Charles Bukowski
Track Name: this then--
this then-- by Charles Bukowski

it's the same as before
or the other time
or the time before that.
here's a cock
and here's a cunt
and here's trouble.

only each time
you think
well now I've learned;
I'll let her do that
and I'll do this,
I no longer want it all,
just some comfort
and some sex
and only a minor
love.

now I'm waiting again
and the years run thin.
I have my radio
and the kitchen walls
are yellow.
I keep dumping bottles
and listening
for footsteps.

I hope that death contains
less than this.

From "Love Is A Dog From Hell" © 1977 by Charles Bukowski.
Track Name: Working Out
Working Out by Charles Bukowski

Van Gogh cut off his ear
gave it to a
prostitute
who flung it away in
extreme
disgust.
Van, whores don't want
ears
they want
money.
I guess that's why you were
such a great
painter: you
didn't understand
much
else.

From "You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense" © 1986 by Charles Bukowski.
Track Name: style
style by Charles Bukowski

style is the answer to everything --
a fresh way to approach a dull or a
dangerous thing.
to do a dull thing with style
is preferable to doing a dangerous thing
without it.

Joan of Arc had style
John the Baptist
Christ
Socrates
Caesar,
Garcia Lorca.

style is the difference,
a way of doing,
a way of being done.

6 herons standing quietly in a pool of water
or you walking out of the bathroom naked
without seeing
me.

From Mockingbird Wish Me Luck © 1972 by Charles Bukowski.
Track Name: marina:
marina: by Charles Bukowski

majestic, magic
infinite
my little girl is
sun
on the carpet --
out the door
picking a
flower, ha!,
an old man,
battle-wrecked,
emerges from his
chair
and she looks at me
but only sees
love,
ha!, and I become
quick with the world
and love right back
just like I was meant
to do.

From "Mockingbird Wish Me Luck" © 1972 by Charles Bukowski.
Track Name: Excerpt from "[To Katherine --?]"
if I never see you again
I will always carry you
inside
outside

on my fingertips
and at brain edges

and in centers
centers
of what I am of
what remains.

From "Living On Luck" © 1976 by Charles Bukowski.
Track Name: alone in this room
alone in this room by Charles Bukowski

I am alone in this room as the world
washes over me.
I sit and wait and wonder.
I have a terrible taste in my mouth
as I sit and wait in this room.
I can no longer see the walls.
everything has changed into something else.
I cannot joke about this,
I cannot explain this as
the world washes over me.
I don't care if you believe me because
I've lost all interest in that too.
I am in a place where I have never been before.
I am alone in a different place that
does not include other faces,
other human beings.
it is happening to me now
in a space within a space as
I sit and wait alone in this room.

From "The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain" © 2004 by Charles Bukowski