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This Business Of Show

from The 12th Letter by Ford Pier

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Wine, women, and song? I’ve had a bellyful
Baby, that’s how I roll
I know they won’t always be super-plentiful
But I can wait, and I can fast
And I can think all of the thoughts I’ve amassed
And sort ‘em out and order ‘em
according to importance in the furtherance of a goal
And shape the shape to carry out my next cavortings in
Smoke and mirrors - Geronimo!
You make a splash in This Business Of Show
Seriously, who wouldn’t be
taken aback by what they see?

I couldn’t catch every word but I know it was me you were discussin’
I’m a street-walkin’ cheetah with a heart full of Robutussin

And I’ve crossed many rivers, and I’ve tarried and bathed
And I’ve crawled through the Pit and emerged unscathed
The exile in the wilderness, baby
was a harsh and pitiless teacher
You thought I was gonna sit still for this, maybe?
I do not share one atom with
that late unfortunate creature
His adventures now belong to those he had ‘em with
Theseus’ ship, Grandfather’s axe
You got the story, you don’t need the facts
Sometimes you suck, sometimes you blow
No time to catch your breath in This Business Of Show
And I’m gonna tell you what I tell all of my detractors
The best liars make terrible actors
Somebody once told me I could be anything I wanted
I took it to heart and I acted upon it

So I do what I do when I do just because
Do not make the mistake that I am what I was
I’m the fourth man seen to be struttin’
through the fiery furnace to some
To others I’ll always be lamb dressed as mutton
Just like you own it or already knew it
You do the thing and you become what would do it
Don’t need a reason, don’t need a plan
Don’t need to tell you what I’m talking’ ‘bout, man
You gotta ask, you’ll never know
You think fast in this business of show
You can’t just stand there, you gotta grow
Or you won’t last in this business of show
Na-na-na-na HEY!
Na-na-na-na HEY!
Na-na-na-na HEY!


from The 12th Letter, released September 24, 2021
Hugh Jarms: piano


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Ford Pier Vancouver, British Columbia

Ford: v.t. to cross by wading (Webster)
Pier: n. a disappointed bridge (Joyce)

Ford Pier has a rock band called The Vengeance Trio and a string quartet called Strength Of Materials. There's ten or eleven albums of this stuff, and more on its way. You just watch. ... more


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