KEROUAC’S BACK – Surplus and Dearth

The late 80s early 90s was a disjointed time for me as I transitioned from being a full-time musician to a part-time one, trying my hand at other forms of writing and moving from my base in Perth to the east-coast.  But one of the great and enduring pleasures of this period was teeming with Greg Mcainsh to write and record songs.  Greg is a great songwriter in any sense, but in capturing Australia’s mores, obsessions and pretensions there has never been any better.  The two of us worked on this idea of a quasi “Sugar Shack” beatnik song and then Martin Cilia who also wrote with me on the Surplus and Dearth album and produced it pretty much single-handed, got it down. On the recording you’ll hear the voice of Jack Kerouac played by another great friend of mine, the ultra-talented Lex Marinos.  I pressed 1000 cds and these sold out about five years ago so if you have one, good on you, I hope it rises in value. You can now download the album or individual songs from CD Baby, I-tunes etc.

Here are the lyrics. I remember Greg and me writing this at his place and it still brings a smile to my face.  Photo “Bicentennial Balls” by Tania Young, Greg, Leopard and me circa the time we wrote the song

KEROUAC’S BACK (Greg Macainsh – Dave Warner)

I met him in a depot in Tijuana

He had a turtle-neck sweater and a gram of humour

We talked of life over cappuccino

He said “Life’s like a night with Ida Lupino”

We danced all night at the Sugar Shack

I wore fishnets Jack wore black

Castro Castrol castrate Check

In Cuban heels with a cubist cat

Kerouac’s back but he’s incognito

Kerouac’s back like a hot burrito

Kerouac’s back in a big black Studee

Jack Kerouac’s back

Jack Kerouac’s back

I’m the beat in the beat generation I’m the original rolling stone

I’m the voice from the subterrain

Unlock the loft I’m coming home

Bongo drums and a folk guitar

Be-bop sax in a Greenwich Bar

Ginsberg concrete poetry

Kennedy dynasty started out with me and

Jack Kerouac’s back

Jack Kerouac’s back

Beatnik babies in a b-baby boom

Ban the bomb Lower the boom

Let the loose-limbed limbo take the load

Kerouac’s back and he’s on the road

Kerouac’s back but he’s incognito

Kerouac’s back like a hot burrito

Kerouac’s back in a big black Studee

Jack Kerouac’s back

Jack Kerouac’s back

1 Comment on KEROUAC’S BACK – Surplus and Dearth

  1. …& here we are in 2017 & the transition has gone well, numerous novels later, as well as hairstyles (“don’t like your hair but I love your jeans…” to paraphrase-buried in my own back yard) & your up to this one….
    Clear to the Horizon

    Set in WA in 1999 and 2000, Clear to the Horizon tells the story of the mysterious disappearance of three young women outside the Autostrada nightclub in the Perth suburb of Claremont. The knockabout Snowy Lane (City of Light) is hired as a private investigator, but neither he nor the cops can find the abductor.

    good on ya! renaissance man indeed.

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