Caveat: The Cookie Business

"Now I got 99 problems and Jay-Z's one of them." – Barack Obama, about Jay-Z's recent trip to Cuba with Beyonce (referencing Jay-Z's popular song "99 Problems").

Unrelatedly…

What I'm listening to right now.



"Cookiewaits" [a Tom Waits / Cookie Monster mashup] – "God's Away On Business."

The lyrics (my own transcription, mostly):


I'd sell your heart to the junkman baby

For a buck, for a buck
If you're looking for someone
To pull you out of that ditch
You're outta luck, you're outta luck

The ship is sinking
The ship is sinking
The ship is sinking
There's leak, there's leak,
In the boiler room
The poor, the lame, the blind
Who are the ones that we kept in charge?
Killers, thieves, and lawyers
God's away, God's away,
God's away on Business.
Business.
God's away, God's away,
God's away on Business.
Business.

Digging up the dead with
A shovel and a pick
It's a job, it's a job
Bloody moon rising with
A plague and a flood
Join the mob, join the mob

It's all over
It's all over
It's all over
There's a leak, there's a leak,
In the boiler room
The poor, the lame, the blind
Who are the ones that we kept in charge?
Killers, thieves, and lawyers
God's away, God's away,
God's away on Business.
Business.
God's away, God's away,
God's away on Business.
Business.

[Instrumental Break]

God damn there's always such
A big temptation
To be good, To be good
There's always free cheddar
In the mousetrap, baby
It's a deal, it's a deal

The ship is sinking
The ship is sinking
The ship is sinking
There's leak, there's leak,
In the boiler room
The poor, the lame, the blind
Who are the ones that we kept in charge?
Killers, thieves, and lawyers
God's away, God's away,
God's away on Business.
Business.
God's away, God's away,
God's away on Business.
Business.

I narrow my eyes like a coin slot baby,
Let her ring, let her ring

It's all over
It's all over
It's all over
There's a leak, there's a leak,
In the boiler room
The poor, the lame, the blind
Who are the ones that we kept in charge?
Killers, thieves, and lawyers
God's away, God's away,
God's away on Business.
God's away, God's away,
God's away on Business.
Business.

Caveat: Ozone &c.

I love to walk home in a cool rain, just as it's beginning or slackening. In the dark, wet streets, buses or bicycles go zipping past. My perception is that Spring is arriving late but fast this year. Spring always seems to come fast, I suppose: one day, the trees are bare, then another day, there are blossoms, then another day and all is bright greening.

Today the air smelled of ozone – is that Chinese yellow pollution dust, or something local? Or is it the way we get here on rare occasions, when the rain comes from the west and smells of the desert out somewhere near Mongolia?

What I'm listening to right now.

Trauma Pet, "Yearning."