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The Water Tower (Kill My Teacher)

from The Big Shitty by Paul Curreri

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Last night I went off to climb the water tower
Saying "Something needs doing and I'm gonna"
Wasn't carrying nothing but a bit of how-you-gonna-cook-it
I didn't have any idea
There's James in the heat lightning, shaking
Gay James, I know his cousin
James is drunk and he wants to go hear music and keep drinking
I say no, I gotta kill my teacher

Oh yes, I know that the world
Or the world I have known
Is in need of being blown right open
That the crack with the light shining out of it
Has got to be opened

I'm not saying that the black came quick
It rolled in like a lightboat wake
At first it rolled like it was taking the mick
But then the jabber grew
Days are like a hot stop-action planet
Nights do a slow-mo diet
I go to see a move twice, and I can't understand it
I gotta kill my teacher

Oh yes, I know that the world
Or the world I have known
Is in need of being blown right open
That the crack with the light shining out of it
Has got to be opened

James trailed me towards the water tower
He was mumbling about a drink and this "I got to see"
When the rain came, we didn't walk faster
We moved considerably
I can see the car with the dent and the emblem twisted
At the path to the water tower's edge
I'm really gonna do it, James the rubbernecker
I'ma kill my teacher

Oh yes, I know that the world
Or the world I have known
Is in need of being blown right open
That the crack with the light shining out of it
Has got to be opened

I made out the water tower in the rain and I walked at it
A starter pistol popped from a nearby high school
My teacher sat atop the ladder in the rain
And I started climbing
I said "You said time would come, and it did come
Everywhere I've been, I've never known 'til know"
He said "Suffering is rarely done alone, Paul
And do you think I'll be your last teacher?"

Oh yes, I know that the world
Or the world I have known
Is in need of being blown right open
That the crack with the light shining out of it
Has got to be opened

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from The Big Shitty, released October 31, 2011

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