"My Mother Was a Chinese Trapeze Artist" as written by and Colin Meloy....
My mother was a Chinese trapeze artist
In pre-war Paris
Smuggling bombs for the underground.
And she met my father
At a fete in Aix-en-Provence.
He was disguised as a Russian cadet
in the employ of the Axis.
And there in the half-light
Of the provincial midnight
To a lone concertina
They drank in cantinas
And toasted to Edith Piaf
And the fall of the Reich.

My sister was born in a hovel in Burgundy
And left for the cattle
But later was found by a communist
Who'd deserted his ranks
To follow his dream
To start up a punk rock band in South Carolina.
I get letters sometimes.
They bought a plantation
She weeds the tobacco
He offends the nation
And they write, "Don't be a stranger, why'hear."
"Sincerely, your sister."

So my parents had me
To the disgust of the prostitutes
On a bed in a brothel.
Surprisingly raised with tender care
'Til the money got tight
And they bet me away
To a blind brigadier in a game
Of high stakes canasta.
But he made me a sailor
On his brigadier ship fleet.
I know every yardarm
From main mast to jib sheet.
But sometimes I long to be landlocked
And to work in a bakery.


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"My Mother Was a Chinese Trapeze Artist" as written by Colin Meloy

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    General Commentthis is one obscure family...and pretty awesome.

    i feel so bad for him!! everybody gets to do what they want except him! his sister gets to weed the tobacco, her husband presumably, gets to be in punk rock band and offend the nation and he has to be a sailor. and all he wants to do is work in a bakery! poor guy...
    WriterOfFictionson March 02, 2006   Link

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