The 2020 Blues

by Roger Manning

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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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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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"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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