The Western Lowland Gorilla Song

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Open my eyes, it’s 6:58
I’ve got a little over an hour to live it up before you wake
Put Tretinoin on my toothbrush and Colgate on my face
I guess it’s gonna be that kind of day
Listening to The Sunset Tree dangerously loud on repeat
Doing my best to become deaf by seventeen
I had a dream your screams were Israel’s trumpets
And I was the wall of Jericho
I crumbled with a single blow

Open your eyes promptly at 8:00
With a skull-splitting migraine and a face-melting hate
You put bourbon in your coffee and bacon on your plate
I guess it’s gonna be that kind of day
Watching the local news, all the tragedies repeat
You recognize the same b-roll they aired last week
I had a dream that you were inside the ark of the covenant
And I was Indiana Jones
You turned the Nazis into bones

Like the acid rain
That creeps through the long neglected faults in our window pane
The same blood that sits in your fists like a stagnant puddle is crawling through my veins
I can’t escape

Out here in Broome County
In the bowels of the Valley of Opportunity
You haven’t held a job since...um, well
I’m not really sure you ever had a job
I might not stand up to you
But I keep a packed duffel bag in my car
And I might not ever leave you
But I sure know what you are

To tell you the truth, every sip you take
Turns you more and more into a great disgusting ape
You’ll have a headache in the morning
I will be blamed for it
But that’s okay
That’s okay

To tell you the truth, every sip you take
Turns you more and more into a big repulsive ape
A fifth of whiskey and you’ll faint
And I’ll drag you to your cage
But that’s okay
That’s okay

If I stay in this godforsaken house for one more day
I’m afraid that I’ll end up like Vina Fay Wray

If I had my way it would have been you
Who was gunned down in a pit at the Cincinnati Zoo
I’m going to the Congo
And I won’t be back soon
I won’t be back soon

credits

from People Are Animals, released June 24, 2017
Martin Noworyta - Tenor Saxophone

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Solo project of Orca Enthusiast/Musician Nate Noworyta.

Lyrically dense story-songs filled with detailed imagery and characters, rooted in indie rock and folk.

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