Wednesday, May 25, 2005:

Justice and Drake: cocaine and sabotage and so forth

Dick Justice -- Cocaine
First track today is from Dick Justice, a folk musician from the late 1920s who recorded just a handful of songs and seems to have spent most of his life working in coal mines. The song's about a man's love for cocaine and also about his girlfriend who works at a white man's house and steals food for him. It doesn't sound much like love, though: "Around your back door, honey, I’m gonna creep / Just as long as you bring me two-and-a-half a week." Then she takes off with another man and his furniture gets repossessed. Wonderful and insane.

I found this track at, which deserves a good poking around in. Check it out, if you haven't.

On a similar tip to the work-thievery, Sabotage in the American Workplace, a book about disgruntled employees and what they do because they're bored or underpaid or want revenge or hope to regain some sense of self-worth. It's fascinating, hilarious, enlightening, and frightening all at once, and well worth the read.

Nick Drake -- Cocaine Blues
And then: Nick Drake doesn't need an introduction, does he? Here's "Cocaine Blues" from the LP of home recordings, Tanworth-in-Arden. It doesn't seem to be available on CD as far as I can tell, but I'm not sure the LP was legit in the first place.
[] for those of you feeling guilty about it (though I can't help wondering what benefit it is to Mr. Drake).

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