The Man With The Hole In His Thigh

from by Chris Rainier


Chris Rainier:
Vocal, Weissenborn, prepared tenor ukulele

[The Weissenborn tuning is, from low to high: C# G# C# E A# D#]



There was a time I could recite the places where I nearly died
But now those lies like lemmings’ suicide have lost their purpose

My grandfather thought he was Hemingway’s bride
But taken by a lion they called him:
“The Man With The Hole In His Thigh”
And they say: “Roll Up, Roll Up”

Upon the backs of men you’d soon despise
You meet no Doctor, and to the Nile
A thousand miles, the sky’s horizon, blood-blue eyes

But now you are momentum, you’re aerodynamite
You gathered speed, you talked to kings
Of open fields, of cradled genocide
You’re holed up in Akron, Ohio

And now your dreams they swing from beams
Collapse unseen, without a sigh
There must be better ways to die than in a twisted wreck of fire
Like maybe in a fight, a knife that flashed, or just some virus
Or caught in gunfire in the night, or maybe too much sunshine?


from ZOZOBRA, released April 30, 2018


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Chris Rainier London, UK

some kind of folk music. microtonal guitars, weissenborn [a hollowneck lap steel, often with preparations]. also singing, and other instrumental odds and ends.

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