How Could a Man

by Derek Senn

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1.
Alaska 02:50
I had a great day of surfing in my cubicle I found a California fixer these days it ain’t that hard and I set a move date back to the lower 48 I need a new chapter I’m over Alaska The Butte county beauty was never lost on me we used to drive the levees and soak up scenery skeletal orchards decrepit towns the low sun aglow on the slow Sacramento Keep heading west and you’ll end up back east keep trying to bet yourself and you might just get beat I’m gonna look down south there’s a sentiment I’m after It’s back down the Alcan I’m over Alaska
2.
She’s a yogi she’s a reader she’s an unapologetic eater a carnivore poor pigs cows and chickens she’s even-keeled until crossed that’s when dishes get tossed don’t bequeath your fine china to her she’s a laundress she’s a gourmet chef an EMT she won’t shy away she’ll suture cuts she’ll pick a tick right off your nuts if you puke your guts out she’s there to console you she hates treadmills and gyms loves open water swims hiking biking camping bodysurfing she rode her Bianchi through the Portuguese wine country full self-supported she lived in Argentina she’s a trilingual gringa she cursed her way through a natural birth she’s got perfect skin and when her fallopian tubes were tied God cried a tear and how could a man not fall completely x3 she’s a cumbia dancer she thinks TV’s a cancer she loves to spar intellectually she’s up for anything so no BS she will go anywhere there is an adventure if you ask her to learn to play the drums and go onstage she’ll learn to play the drums and go onstage and someone once tried to test her well into her third trimester he said you wanna go to Ko Lipe she said OK and they rode that boat for hours and hours through that black Thai night while he puked into the sea and she held him and consoled him and earnestly told him I’ll take care of you if you take care of me and how could a man not fall completely x3 in love
3.
Botox 02:38
The gal down the block just got botoxed she’s driving her Porsche off to where her horse sleeps with the chickens she will disagree the concept of free comes from within She won’t let him go to see the horse show there’s no magic pill it makes her too nervous when he’s there so she takes a nip the horse takes a trip and goes under
4.
It sounded nice to have peace and quiet a break from the kids so we shipped them off to camp katydid and then we had peace and quiet just the wife and me so we shared a medical brownie and we spent our quiet evening in the fetal position be careful what you wish for we used to be hardcore not anymore be careful what you wish for and then we went to the bar for a drinky we threw back a couple next to a kinky couple they said do you want to party at our place where we can uncouple so we can quadruple we said thanks but we’ve got to go we really like to watch the antiques roadshow be careful what you wish for we used to be hardcore not anymore be careful what you wish for and then we got around to resuscitating our rock-n-roll dream and so we dusted off the drums and amplifiers back before kids we were good we used to gig but before we even made it through half a song our neighbor chuck came along and sounded the gong and we picked up the kids today they both said camp was great so we booked next years dates how can we miss them if they don’t go away but they’ll soon be gone forever at least they had better and we’ll have quiet be careful what you wish for because I wanted it to speed up more when they were three and four not anymore be careful what you wish for
5.
My 12,992nd day dawns balmy and gray same as the previous day alarm bell wake up do my hair and make-up what to wear today white and light gray same as the previous day I pop my prescription and swallow the cliché cherish every day and I cling to it like flotsam from the shipwreck of my shattered expectations have a nice day have a nice hum drum day I’m all dolled up for the dull day have a nice day have a nice hum drum day I’m all dolled up for the dull day my 12,997th day and one thing is for sure I’m gonna get a pedicure and it’s time for a shake-up I’m tossing all my make-up I’m going to go cruelty free it’s just more me and I can almost taste the freedom as soon as the kids ship off to school I’m gonna do some cyber shopping with my chai then its rose by the racquet club pool have a nice day have a nice hum drum day I’m all dolled up for the dull day have a nice day have a nice hum drum day I’m all dolled up for the dull day
6.
She wanted a ring and a proposal I got her one made her one a couple kids on a cul-de-sac so we made some and bought on one and the disconnect it crept in in imperceptible ways and slowly the corrosion ate through our better days and once we put the kids down we go our separate ways I slip down to my home office stare at the screen and say estoy aburrido ya no la quiero quitate la blusa y la minifalda te juro que te quiero last night was relatively civil and then we go into the wine I’ve been hoarding my last Percocet tonight I’m gonna feel just fine the kids are on their consoles I taught them how to play let’s spend the nights together in our own virtual way the nuclear family meltdown is underway I slip into my fallout shelter stare at the screen and say estoy aburrido ya no la quiero quitate la blusa y la minifalda te juro que te quiero
7.
Babysitter 03:36
Two under two let me tell you what you’re missing sleepless nights night after night a fear of flying but not because of terrorists diarrhea vomit and pee a milking mechanism milking mommy’s mammaries but tonight it’s all good yeah tonight it’s alright because we’ve got a babysitter and I’m up here up on the stage singing my songs playing guitar my old lady’s over there she’s sitting in a booth in a red plush booth having a drink we’re living it up we’re out on the town we’re having a ball we’re painting the town we’re letting our guard down because we’ve got a babysitter and my left side pocket is aflutter aflitter incoming call from the babysitter expecting the worst I don’t want to pick up because my buzz is kicking in I’m on my third cup and for just a sliver of a night I don’t want to be Mr. Responsibility But I’ve got to pick up because I’ve got to know is it is or is it isn’t copacetic in the home babysitter says everything is fine but your boy Charlie Roy won’t stop crying I say put him on the line I’ll stop him from crying by singing him his favorite nursery rhyme it goes he’s having a dance party Charlie Roy he’s having a dance party he’s gonna wiggle wiggle wiggle and jiggle jiggle jiggle cuz he’s having a dance party Charlie Roy he’s having a dance party and I’m up here I’m up on the stage I’m singing my songs I’m playing guitar my old lady’s over there she’s sitting in a booth in a red plush booth she’s having a drink we’re living it up we’re out on the town we’re having a ball we’re painting the town we’re letting our guard down letting our guard down letting our guard down because we got a babysitter
8.
So the leaves have turned and fallen fifty times since my birth and the trees will wait out the winter buds will break come the thaw some trees will die and decompose I’ll chainsaw one to heat my home when I was a boy my Labrador died I reckoned I’d see her on the other side I asked my priest will she go up to heaven he said no so she remained inside a box inside a drawer next to my socks when it’s my time should I be burned I don’t want to be shelved in an urn scatter me up here at the lake bring instruments and have a raucous wake I’m sitting here in my cabin with my woman and my cat we’ve got each other books and a guitar you don’t need much we’ve come to learn that the days are shorter and there’s and arctic breeze and we’re enveloped in crimson maple trees and I took her ashes and spread them in the meadow she really liked it there so it seemed apropos and it will soon be a sea of snow and after the break-up pretty things will grow after the break-up pretty things will grow
9.
I’m on the clock I’m working on a catchy chorus I’m on the clock I’m working on my first verse I’m on the clock inspiration can’t wait cold calling can cold calling can the melody’s fleeting hurry up call and sing the melody’s fleeting to the answering machine the melody’s fleeting inspiration can’t wait cold calling can cold calling can and when we’re living in the poorhouse we’ll be singing the songs I made up on the clock and you can’t ignore the signal when the signal kicks you out of your house I know trust me I know I’m having a lackluster quarter monetarily speaking but glory be musically I’m rich yeah I’ve got four new kick-ass songs already and get this this morning at the sweet shoppe I started a fifth and there ain’t a damn thing the Fed head can say when they grill him up on the hill today to undermine their worth one iota because they’re mine and that’s that yum I made them from scratch yeah I own them free and clear no loans or liens are attached and if we sink into depression I’ll just make us up a happy batch and when we’re living in the poorhouse we’ll be singing the songs I made up on the clock and you can’t ignore the signal when the signal kicks you out of your house
10.
Deep inside the song mine blasting away looking for a vein it’s just about tapped out deep inside the song mine I wish it produced more I wish it fed my family of four but I still find the occasional nugget deep inside the song mine what’s that above melodious and glimmering it looks like a chorus shiny and shimmering my grandpa was one as was his son I hope my boy will follow cuz I can think of nothing finer than the life of a song miner but mining verses has its curse and during this latest extraction something calamitous happened as I was looking for the words to milk this metaphor an avalanche of clichés blocked all the exit ways and I was stuck down there for days I couldn’t get past those clichés and then the caged bird died deep inside the song mine so that song never saw the light of day it’s forever entombed in cliché sometimes you hit the motherlode sometimes your head explodes looking for the right line deep inside the song mine and some say it’s just dumb luck yeah but you still have to show up so I’ll just keep on digging next to Old Man Prine deep inside the song mine
11.
I drove to work again today ten blocks God bless the USA and I drove a mile to the treadmill I treaded and treaded and watched TV and treaded and I treaded and treaded and watched Flavor Flav until the light emitting diodes said two miles and then I got back in my automobile and drove home one mile and now I’m driving to a protest to protest the gouging of the gasoline buying consumer by I’m driving to a protest to protest the gouging of the gasoline buying consumer by the oil oligopoly and I drove to the track to day I circled the oval at a high velocity in my V8 I drove home my kid was still up so I strapped him in the back and I drove around town until he wasn’t then I drove to the drive-through a gaunt grizzled green party pooper was stationed in the booth he passed me my shake shook his head said why do you drive that well I told him the truth because I can and now I’m driving to a protest to protest the gouging of the gasoline buying consumer by I’m driving to a protest to protest the gouging of the gasoline buying consumer by the oil oligopoly
12.
First time I saw you I just knew next thing I knew you moved to Peru what to do I was into you so I flew to Peru in Ayacucho I took tea the shining path extorted me lovesick and in loves throes I caught a bus to Cusco I found a hostel freshened up had another coca tea cup I killed time until I got guts to track your digs down and some are rejected some reject some click some never connect some tie a knot and then it frays in two some chase a girl to Peru so I knock on the door and what do I see a Peruano staring at me he vibed me and then summoned you but by then I basically knew so I went to Bolivia and toured the mines and their dark and dreary confines I scaled an active volcano and hoped it would blow and a friend said I should see Quito but I bought a fare to Toledo poor broken an super sad I moved back in with my mom and dad and the rejection well it festered like an infection I took long walks in the hills with my psychological ills and on one particularly heavy day when you cringe at how much your thoughts weigh I came home mom looked me in the eye and said guess who just stopped on by she’s at the creek she said she’d wait for you at the foot of the bridge until a quarter to two something tells me she’s fond of you call it a girl’s intuition and some pay a fee to troll J date presumably to land a Jewish mate some stray succumbing to their libido some chase s boy to Toledo and some are rejected some reject some click some never connect some tie a knot and then it frays in two some chase a girl to Peru

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released May 3, 2019

Engineered, co-produced, and mixed by Damon Castillo at Laurel Lane Studios, San Luis Obispo, CA

Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering

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Derek Senn San Luis Obispo, California

I learned how to play guitar late in life. Then I decided to write songs and record them. For years I worked in the lo-fi tradition of home recording, which means I basically did everything myself & all songs were certified 100% free range, non-GMO, free trade, sustainably recorded organic. YUM! But now I record in proper studios and the music tastes even better! ... more

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