The 2020 Blues

by Roger Manning

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"The 2020 Blues" was made a very long time ago but 2020 is now here so it re-surfaces :)
Live version from very first RM release (cassette) plus the Joe Folk and the Soho Valley 'Boys' remix featuring John S Hall! (with Frank Max on guitar and Susie on percussion.)
Photos by Ilana Storace, Lizzard Souffle.

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released December 30, 2019

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Roger Manning New York, New York

The first Roger Manning album was released by California punk recording label SST (Black Flag, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.). I toured the US and occasionally bits of Europe for over 10 years performing wordy-solo-rock accompanied by bass-heavy amplified 'acoustic' guitar. There's been a bit of re-emergence since 2007 and the album release in December 2014. ... more

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Track Name: The 2020 Blues
danceclubbing all night
breakfast at dawn
feed your face babe, keep on going
me, i'm home eating toast again
half a loaf
at 4 am

sometimes it's dark when i spit
but it ain't blood, it's chocolate...

i (went out and) found america, it was big and fat
i left it there and came back
in my room there's a moonbeam spotlight
shining on my typewriter tonight
my pockets are bleeding guitar picks
where is the rent in all of this?

and i know i've seen the promised land
it's on the other side of midnight from where i stand
it's right behind me through an open door
it's touching my face as i'm laying [sleeping] on the floor

i may look dumb, but i ain't no fool
not after all i've put me through
you can talk about torment, talk so well
show me a poet, i'll show you hell
[silent bridge]

i gave her my love, she said she had to go
she treated my heart like a hot potato
i thought of her face the other day
when i think of that girl, my guts turn to clay
sometimes it's dark when i spit
but it ain't blood, it's chocolate

and i know i've seen the promised land
it's on the other side of midnight from where i stand
it's right behind me through and open door
it's touching my face as i'm laying on the floor

yeah, i know i've seen it! ...

...it's right behind me through and open door
it's touching my face as i'm laying on the floor
Track Name: The 2020 Blues remix
danceclubbing all night
breakfast at dawn
feed your face babe, keep on going
me, i'm home eating toast again
half a loaf
at 4 am

sometimes it's dark when i spit
but it ain't blood, it's chocolate...

i (went out and) found america, it was big and fat
i left it there and came back
in my room there's a moonbeam spotlight
shining on my typewriter tonight
my pockets are bleeding guitar picks
where is the rent in all of this?

and i know i've seen the promised land
it's on the other side of midnight from where i stand
it's right behind me through an open door
it's touching my face as i'm laying [sleeping] on the floor

i may look dumb, but i ain't no fool
not after all i've put me through
you can talk about torment, talk so well
show me a poet, i'll show you hell
[silent bridge]

i gave her my love, she said she had to go
she treated my heart like a hot potato
i thought of her face the other day
when i think of that girl, my guts turn to clay
sometimes it's dark when i spit
but it ain't blood, it's chocolate

and i know i've seen the promised land
it's on the other side of midnight from where i stand
it's right behind me through and open door
it's touching my face as i'm laying on the floor

yeah, i know i've seen it! ...

...it's right behind me through and open door
it's touching my face as i'm laying on the floor

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