"Straight Street" as written by and Matthew Friedberger....
Tea time at Damascus computer cafe,
I'm looking busy and staring off the other way.
Leverkusen, Juventus; Leeds vs. Valencia:
I'm over-hearing all their nonsense in extensia.

They're talking too tough for me to inspect
So I have a smell who seems the best to connect.
I pick my clique and set to go to work
But the only thing they care about is to whom to play the Turk.

So I walked up the length of the Street they call Straight
Cursing myself cause I got there too late.
I traded an expired credit card for two cupfulls of water;
They had a dirty beany baby so for good luck I bought her.

I rented a Hyundai with two flats and no windshield
No speedometer and a handbrake that squealed;
When the sun came up I couldn't put down the visor
So I put on my hat and a question to my local advisor:

Whose trucks are those that parked up by the town?
But he only would mumble with his eyes pointed down.
So I walked up the length of the Street they call Straight
Cursing myself cause I got there too late.

My boss the head of sales for Western Asia
Said you'll get fired if your opposite from Nokia plays ya,
If he beats you for the battle of hearts and minds
Tells 'em we use pig by-products in our designs.

So when I saw my rival's smile didn't get diminished
No one had to tell me I knew that we were Finnished:
You boys from Ericsson better get in the back seat
'Cause your phones are getting stoned over on that straight street.

So I walked up the length of the Street they call Straight
Cursing myself cause I got there too late.
So I went to Georgia looking at spas and convents
Tried to make myself the broker for selling off the contents.

At the big change clinic my friends said don't be a cynic
You should work in Baku this is watcha gotta do.
Call a contact in Texas talk to 'em in their Lexus
On their hands-free device and don't be too nice.

But in my teleconference with Houston
They told me I wasn't any use to 'em.
So I walked up the length of the Street they call Straight
Cursing myself cause I got there too late.

Tea time at Damascus computer cafe,
I'm looking busy and staring off the other way.
Arsenal, Inter; Madrid vs. Valencia:
I'm over-hearing all their nonsense in extensia.

They're talking too tough for me to inspect
So I have a smell who seems the best to connect.
I pick my clique and set to go to work
But the only thing they care about is to whom to play the Turk.

So I walked up the length of the Street they call Straight
Cursing myself cause I got there too late.


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"Straight Street" as written by Matthew Friedberger

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    General Commentwhat an awesome song on an awesome album. there is just so much in the music, you can never get bored.
    anna118kon October 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTraveling Salesman perhaps?
    Hey, fucking great song whatever the case
    This Charming Manon January 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOnly the Fiery Furnaces could write a song about an Ericsson cell-phone salesman getting fired in Mesopotamia and have it be this wicked.
    valruson April 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAH! I get it, "Finnished". Nokia, right? Never picked that up before.

    Hahaha, right on, valrus.
    Beruthielon June 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think it also has to do when paul was on the road to damascus and was blinded, because then an angel sent ananias to travel to "the street they call straight". It's somewhere in Acts.

    yeah cu.
    nicoloon July 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI looked it up, "the street called straight" is mentioned in Acts 9:11. The whole song might be a reference to that, but I wouldn't know, not being a real fan of the bible. The verse number does seem conspicuous, though...
    Theyuchethon January 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe biblical references are unavoidable. The mentioning of "pig-byproducts" is what seals the deal. Paul was originally an ultra conservative Jew. I was wondering if "getting stoned" referred to Stephan who was stoned and is considered the first Christian martyr. Paul was present at his stoning, but it didn't occur on the strait street. I just don't know what the REASON for the biblical reference is.

    Also, much of the song "Pricked in the Heart" off Widow City is taken verbatim from Acts. Anyone want to get a discussion going there?
    reverbtankedon December 11, 2008   Link

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