Wayback to some early songs

The Wayback Machine has allowed me to recover these songs, which I wrote while in grad school. Not sure I could reconstruct the melody of the second one.

Theoretical Blues

Ain’t got a paradigm
only a nickel to my name
Ain’t got a paradigm
only a nickel to my name
Well, since my baby left me
Ooh, Lawd, it’s a crying shame.

My baby metanarrative
told him stories all Thursday night.
By Friday he’d gone and left me.
You know it just ain’t right.

Now I got no signifier
I got no signified
Got no significant other
Lawd, please give me a sign.


I tried dialectic
I tried dial right
Put all my money in the phone
but no dialog with my baby tonight.

He works in deconstruction
drives a semiotic truck
And if I could, I surely would
sing the next line but it rhymes with truck.


Well, I managed to beg a nickel
and I borrowed a dime.
I called him up and said, “oh baby,
epistemology one more time.”

I said to him, “Herman baby,
I need my hermeneutic man.
Come back and complete the circle
and do it as fast as you can.”

I’ve got a new paradigm
My honey has changed his ways.
Now he’s come back home to Mama,
we’re in our post-structuralist phase.

Throwing Matches in the Ocean

Throwing matches in the ocean
killing grapes in California
he adores ya he adores ya
don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

If you want to go see movies
it may ultimately bore ya
“The piano, the piano”
don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

When the paradigm has shifted,
O, modernity we’ll mourn ya
have some chocolate consolation
and don’t say I didn’t warn ya!


2 thoughts on “Wayback to some early songs

  1. please note that these are intentionally silly songs. the second one is based on a dream that a friend had, and it has quite a few ‘in jokes’ but you can figure out some of them by relating the two songs together.

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