Death Of Burrs

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about

This is it: the grand finale. The fat lady singing. The money shot. Reflecting on his tumultuous relationship with Queenie, Burrs shifts from melancholy to blind rage when he walks in on her and Black – in his bed, no less. Hell-bent on killing them both, he ends up dead – shot in the head by the younger, stronger (and I'll say it, richer) Black. Does this mean a happy ending for Queenie and Black? This is New York, pal. Before either one can even THINK about escaping, the cops are on the scene. And that's all she wrote.

lyrics

Whatcha say when there’s nothing left to say
Whatcha do when there’s nothing left to do

If love’s a game then I don’t want to play
Don’t have nothing if I don’t have you

I remember the day
It seems so far away
When I
When I made you smile
More than I made you cry
But I still know deep inside
Yeah I still know deep inside

That I’ll always
Go back
To You
Can’t you see no matter
What you
Say or do
You’re the one for me I’ll always
Go back
To you
May be on my knees but I’ll
Go back
To you

Burrs walked over to the table, to fix himself a drink
And as much as he was able, he managed not to think
But something clicked in his mind, made him go off half-cocked
He bolted to the bedroom door, tried it, and found it was unlocked

Dim light from the open door streamed in over the bed
He saw two figures laying intertwined, one with a golden head
Queenie taking Black, he thought. Caught in the act!
And for the first time in Burrs's life, he felt his heart crack.

I remember the day
It seems so far away
When you
When you made you smile
More than you made me cry
But now you got this other guy
Yeah you got this other guy

So I’ll never
Go back
To You
No not me I’ll never
Go back
To you
Now you’re free I’ll never
Go back
To you
Can’t you see I’ll never
Go back
To you

Queenie bolted upright as Burrs closed the bedroom door
Who’s that? she called. Burrs hissed: You dirty whore!
I’ll break your goddamn neck in half! His voice grew high and shrill
Came Black’s retort, low and menacing: Like hell you will!
Black rose, the shadow pounced
Both men went down, but Burrs got trounced
A hand reached into a dresser drawer
And in a flash Burrs was on his feet, even madder than before
Something in his hand made a dull, gray gleam
Look out! shot Queenie’s warning scream
He’s got a gun! Burrsie, don’t shoot!
But Black was quick, and resolute
He grabbed Burrs by the wrist and squeezed ‘til the bones began to crack
The gun dropped, Black grabbed it, took aim and then lurched back
The gun flashed! Crashed! Staccato it spoke!
Silence, darkness, the air smelled sharp with smoke
Burrs was on the floor, blood seeped from his head
Queenie whispered: Burrsie! My Burrsie’s dead!

No he’ll never go back to you
Burrs is gone
He’ll never go back it’s true
Now that you had your fun
Ain’t no going back for you
This song is sung
Ain’t no going back it’s true
This party is done

A crash!
The chair!
Black almost fell
Christ! he mumbled
What the hell?
Jesus Christ!
I’ve hurt my shin!
The door sprang open
And the cops rushed in

credits

from The Wild Party, released September 9, 2011
Katana: Guitar, Vocals
Beretta: Bass
Armada: Drums
Calavera: Keyboards
Stiletto: Vocals
Kenny Lin: Vocals

Produced and arranged by Mr. David Barratt at The Abattoir Of Good Taste.

Written by Phillips/Barratt

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