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Wrinkles Bummer Bookings (31) RE: Bummer Bookings 02 Jun 05


Bummer Bookings? Hmmmmmm.
Well there's been good and bad gigs, and "good" or "bad" for various reasons, but to my mind there's only two occasions where I'd use "bummer" to describe the gig.

The First is where for any reason at all I did not, or was prevented from, giving the best performance that I could IE where I played below my own standards - that's a real bummer. The memories of these gigs will always haunt me with either regret or embaresment.

The second - Being booked, fee agreed, and NOT GETTING PAID!
There is no bigger "bummer" than that!

Here's what I did on that topic may years ago that might bring a smile to thy eyes ;-)

YOUR CHECK'S IN THE MAIL
1st verse;
Talkin' to The Man on the telephone, it's been three weeks since I done his gig,
I said "It may sound funny, but I want my money, 'cause man I gotta eat".
he said "I put it in the mail three days ago, I'm surprised it ain't got to you,
but you can give me a call in a couple o' days if it still ain't got
through".

1st Chorus;
Oh when am I gonna learn my lesson? When am I gonna get wise?
A tailored suit and a cultured voice are just a criminal disguise.
When am I gonna learn my lesson and good sense gonna prevail?
But what can you do when The Man he say; "Your Check's in the mail"?

2nd verse;
The check don't come so I call back, I get the secretary on the phone.
She say "I'd really like to help you now, but I'm here, all alone."
But The Man is there, I know he is, 'cause I can hear him sayin' clear
"Get rida that bitch, put the phone down honey. Momma, come over here"

2nd Chorus
Oh when am I gonna learn my lesson? When am I gonna get wise?
An evil mind can hide behind a sister's made-up eyes.
When am I gonna learn my lesson and good sense gonna prevail?
But what can you do when the flunky say; "Your Check's in the mail"?

Bridge;
Some times I think I'll quit this business, and just me settle down.
But there's a golden rule for a Blues singin' fool: there ain't no jobs around.
For a singer ain't got no experience, ain't got no degrees,
so when Career Man takes one look at you, he begs;
"send me the next one....PLEASE!"

3rd verse;
I keep callin but all I get is a No Such Number Tone,
an' all my mail is returned to me with Addressee Unknown
(SPOKEN: wrote on it)
and then one day a letter comes and in it, it do say;
The Bankruptcy Case of The Man & Co., might get 'round to you one day!
(SPOKEN: at 10 cents on the dollar!)

repeat 1st chorus;
Oh when am I gonna learn my lesson? When am I gonna get wise?
A tailored suit and a cultured voice are just a criminal disguise.
When am I gonna learn my lesson and good sense gonna prevail?
But what can you do when The Man he says; "Your Check's in the mail"?

(c) B Barrett 1984


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