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SATURATION

WORDS & MUSIC:   Earl P. Reinhalter


             I.  squirrels on the roof
                 and birds in the window
                 play like flutes
                 and drums in my dream.
                 dew on the hood has gone,
                 and so must I,
                 past Burma Shave signs
                 and ads for tobacco,
                 billboards like shrines
                 where life used to be,
                 where farmers till between tombstones
                 to feed everyone.

      CHORUS A:  I'm looking for saturation
                 through exaggeration,
                 like drinking myself sober.
                 bright lights make me blind,
                 and then I don't mind.

            II.  across the bridge,
                 the Statue of Liberty
                 holding a box
                 of soap for the laundry:
                 "give me your ring-around-the-collar,
                 give me a dollar."
                 and inside every nightclub
                 a dance band is playing.
                 like bowling teams, they are named
                 after their sponsors.
                 one-minute jingles they play
                 instead of songs.

      CHORUS B:  an' I'm looking for saturation
                 through exaggeration,
                 like drinking myself sober.
                 a deafening sound
                 where silence is found.

           III.  under a steeple,
                 stained glass commercials
                 tell all the people
                 to buy a new car.
                 a child is selling ad space
                 on his tombstone.

      CHORUS C:  an' I'm looking for saturation
                 through exaggeration,
                 like drinking myself sober.
                 when pain makes me numb,
                 saturation
                 has come.

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