August 4th, 2007

Tom Lehrer is Smug

"Goodnight Saigon -- from the Russia concert!" "Oh. Great."

The song "Keep It Simple" off Martin Sexton's latest album Seeds is the kind of inscrutably idiosyncratic song that someone would include on a mix tape for you because they really got into it, but it'd be the one song you'd always fast-forward through when it came around because you couldn't.

And I can safely say this because fifteen or so years ago, I would've been the one putting it on the mix tape.
Tom Lehrer is Smug

this song gets firmly embedded in your head

You might have seen one out in Minnesota
Or maybe down by the sea in Sarasota
They were made back in Worcester, Mass
From aluminum, Bakelite and glass

Like a locomotive, they were Streamline
And the blueprints were drawn up from a dream of mine
Slap 'em up, put 'em on a train
Out to Michigan, up to Maine

You may find a diner down in Georgia or Carolina off the 20 by the Piggly-Wiggly in the country out of Waynesboro
Or when it's gettin late and rainy out in New York State you hang a louie off the thruway and you and go and grab yourself a cheeseburger
At the Little Gem Diner
Off Six-Niner
Diner, my shiny, shiny love
In the night you're all I'm thinking of
Diner, my shiny, shiny love
The cruiser pulls in where the troopers always stop
As we dine over the chrome and Formica table top

The cashier, she always squints
By the gum and the bowl of mints
She's tapping her toe
to the Dean Martin on the Consolette
Booth Service and a cigarette
We're loving it so

Side of fries a dollar or the haddock plate, two ninety-five, a rootbeer float, a Pepsi and be sure to save some room for some apple pie

(Better make it a la mode)
Diner, my shiny, shiny love
In the night you're all I'm thinking of
Diner, my shiny, shiny love
Dean Martin, God rest his soul
Talkin' to me from the cereal bowl
There's a couple from the Show-Me State
Knockin' back a little meatloaf plate
Diner, my shiny, shiny love
Diner, my shiny, shiny love
Diner, my shiny, shiny, shiny love.
(Chicken and biscuits)
(With a side of gravy)
- Martin Sexton