Sun's going down
Like a big bald head
Disappearing behind the boulevard.

It's Sharkey's night.
It's Sharkey's night tonight.

And the manager says:
Sharkey? He's not at his desk right now
Could I take a message?

Hey Kemosabe!
Long time no see
Hey Sport -
You connect the dots!
You pick up the pieces!

Well I drove down to Big D.C.
And I walked into Room 1003
And there they were
The Big Boys.
And they were talking
Big B
Little O
Little M
Silent B
They were saying:
Let's teach those robots how to play hardball.
Let's teach those little fellas a little gratitude.

Hey!
What's that big noise from the sky?
Sounds like thunder -
Nope.
Sounds like the Fourth of July -
Nope...Wrong again.
You know? It's just those angels walking
They're clomping around again
Wearing those big clumsy shoes
We got for them.

Well deep
In the heart
Of darkest America
Home of the Brave

Well HA
HA
HA
You've already paid
For this
Listen to my heart
Beat.


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    General CommentThese lyrics are from "Home of the Brave." and they are somewhat different from "Sharkey's Night" on the album "Mister Heartbreak."
    Just a thought about these lyrics, as I came here TO FIND OUT! Sharkey is a character of Laurie Anderson's. One thing I think is that he embodies what it's like to be a human being trying to figure out what's going on within him and around him, which is not something that people usually try to describe.
    Also, he personifies as certain kind of American who thinks in cliches. In this version, he seems to supports conservative political leadership that recommends overly simplified points of view, such as war as a solution to international problems, lowered taxes without consideration for the consequences, pro-business legislation etc. Politics at the time were not as gruesome as they are now, (1984, and this is from my POV as a Progressive Democrat) but she could feel the temperature of the wind. The political reference comes from "I went down to the Big DC. Also, the angels have "big boots" thumping around above (not thunder, he says) and this could be a reference to all the dead soldiers from the Viet Nam war. Sharkey is friendly, loud, talks in cliches. Makes contact without really feeling the other person. There's "Sharkey's Day," too, at the beginning of Mister Heartbreak. That is much longer and more rambling. Sharkey's voice (loud, mocking, garrulous) on Mister Heartbreak is William S. Burroughs, "co-founder of the beat generation."
    Wendaloreon November 27, 2013   Link

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