"Jazz at the bookstore" as written by and Sexsmith....
Leadbelly's in the background
Being drowned out by the grind
He's singing about "Rock Island Line"
Nobody seems to pay him any mind

Bestsellers and bookshelves
Full of self-help printed word
Some faint elegance is heard
Now was that Ellington or Bird?

And has it really come to this?
Can ignorance be bliss?
I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop
Jazz at the bookstore
And blues in the coffee shop
Jazz at the bookstore
And blues in the coffee shop

There's a man standing at the crossroads
With a dark roast in his hand
Livin' in white yuppy hand
Over by the milk and sugar stand

And have I really come to this
Cup of caffeinated bliss?

So we browse around
All over town
Sipping coffees that we can't pronounce
And meanwhile in the blues cemetery
All the coffins commence to bounce

Leadbelly's in the cold ground
Rolling over in his grave
The hard road where so many slaved
Is now so smooth and Paved

And Has it really come to this?
Can Ignorance be bliss?
I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop
Jazz at the bookstore
And blues in the coffee shop
Jazz at the bookstore
And blues in the coffee shop


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    General CommentThe degredation of the great artists such as Leadbelly, Guthrie, Ellington, being used as white noise in the coffee shop or book store... sad because its true =T
    blah...on February 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with "blah". In addition, I think the song looks at society's desire to be comfortable (background music, coffee, etc.) rather than to be challenged.
    Bounce676on November 11, 2012   Link

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