Rouge On Pockmarked Cheeks

by BRAZZAVILLE

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released February 11, 2001

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BRAZZAVILLE Barcelona, Spain

Brazzaville was founded by David Arthur Brown in Los Angeles in 1997. Brazzaville's songs are filled with images of outcasts and misfits dreaming of escaping to a better world. He grew up in Koreatown in the 1980s. His father, a trucker, used to take him to the shipyards in San Pedro to pick up containers and haul them to the trains in Vernon. ... more

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Track Name: Motel Room
Night is here in my veins
I’m losing again
And not much remains

Come
Lay down next to me
I’ll tell you a bit
Of who I used to be

I was a handsome
Golden boy you see
Full of summer
Morning poetry

Dawn
A soft winter’s day
A room full of dope
And cheap lingerie

I love you my friend
And though we just met
You’re at least as lost
As me
So let’s close the drapes
And lose the new day
And see how dark
We can be
Track Name: Samurai
Lay me down
On the street
Where the hobos meet
Southern day dreams

I don’t know
Which way the wind blows
But I’ll tell you what
comes and goes

People grow old and die
Cold like a Samurai
Under a dim, breathtaking winter sky
Perrier c’est foux

Lonely days
By the sea
Watch the ships go by
Taiwanese

Half as old
As the sky seems
In my larger dreams
Mangosteen
Track Name: Queenie
When I see
My life of sin
All the creeps
That I have been

Makes me wonder why
You stayed
You’re my Queen
Of Summer Rain

You make it all OK
My Queen of Summer Rain

Underneath
The falling stars
We live our lives
With heavy hearts
This world can make you
Want to die
But there’s another world
On high

You make it all OK
My Queen of Summer Rain
Soon I’ll be on a plane
And home with you again
Track Name: 1980
Long drives
Over the veldt
Head full of songs
Boxcars
Old European
Occupied zones

Grey day
Welfare hotel
Lost in the stars
With her
All of my fears
Melt in the dawn

Milk tea
Under the midnight sun
Not sure
Why we were ever born

Storm clouds
In the afternoon
Lonely
In my hotel room

Late June
Lost latitudes
The transistor hums
Street cars
Indigo blue
Roll through the slums
Track Name: Rainy Night
At 14
He was an adolescent
Beauty Queen
Slammin’ speed
And working on the NY streets
Oh Dear!

All the boys
With their leather
And peroxide
Rouge on pockmarked cheeks
Always drifting east

O templo de querer (x3)
Track Name: Genoa
At the weekend
Face down
Teargas and barricades
Downtown

Ahhh –

Seattle
D.C.
Gunships in Genoa
Not me

Anarchists
Tearin’ up the Beltway
Molotovs
As if they knew
The right way
I promise not to tell
Track Name: Trona
Daylight
Waits for me
On the back of night

Trona (x4)

Low Tide
Rusting hulls
Barroom fights

Trona (x4)

Daylight
Makes me feel
Cold inside
Track Name: Xanax and 3 Hours of TV
In this land of plenty
What happened to our dreams
Can’t even find a mangosteen

Can’t find an e.e. cummings
Or a Martin Luther King
Just online porn & SUVs

I don’t care much anymore
The world seems sad and lonely
I lay down on the floor
And try to sleep
And dream about the days
When life was more than
Just a Xanax and 3 hrs of TV

Where are all the grandmas
The Mark Twains & the Beats
What happened to our make believe

The smell of toast on Sundays
Or falling space debris
The freighters slowly cross the sea
Track Name: High Life
High life
Sing me a sweet song
You used
To think I was grand
Downtown
Chelsea and Soho
I held
The world in my hand

I flew
The Concorde to Paris
Sniffed lines
Of cocaine for free
Champagne
And mangoes for breakfast
Warm nights
And dawns by the sea

OD’ed
In the afternoon
With her diamonds and pearls
And a burnt spoon

Now I’m
A little bit older
And I’m
In need of a friend
I’ve got
Some pills and some liquor
And soon
I’ll see you again

OD’ed… etc.
Honey
What you gonna do
When your beauty and youth
Are behind you?
Track Name: North Koreatown
We’re all just dreamers
From North Koreatown
We have no future
Just helicopter sounds

The last survivors
From days pre-MTV
Our fate’s to wander
In search of poetry

Pink champagne
And nickelbags of weed
Afternoons
On the RTD
Track Name: Late Night Lullaby
Lay me down
Milo brown
Fast asleep
Like a little
Cherub bean
Like a little
Cherub bean

I’ve traveled far
And I’ve traveled wide
And I’ve seen some things
That I’d rather leave behind
That I’d rather leave behind

Lay me down
Milo Brown
Sweetest thing
That has ever come around
That has ever come around