Voodoo Mouth

 

Words & Music: Bobby Shiflett
From By Turns || Stephen Casteel: Guitar | Andrew Reid: Bass | Bobby Shiflett: Guitar, Backing Vox | Kenneth Shiflett: Drums | Laura Stansell: Vox  (* Voodoo Mouth appears only on the digital version of By Turns)

One mere mortal’s broken rhymes
Tell the tale of the life and crimes
In the age of the Voodoo Mouth

Gaze upon a scene of death
Shocked and awed with baited breath
And on the scene live accounts

Hypnotized! Hypnotized!
Frames and plots and lies and lies
We’ll be back with a body count

The story broke and we got it all
From Hiroshima to the Berlin Wall
It’s your world but we’re in charge
Brought to you by your favorite credit card

By my blood I will tell
The levees broke and the towers fell
I swear I saw it all on my TV
From New York to New Orleans
Times were hard and life was mean
In the golden age of misery

Some folks looked for food to eat
While others died out in the streets
Our cameras caught all of the tragedy

The bottle broke and the truth leaked out
Fires out west and floods down south
Mojo risin’ in the east
While Little George rode astride the Beast

What if your life was blown away by a hurricane?
And everyone you knew was washed away?
And no-one came for days and days?
To see if you were ok?

One mere mortal’s broken dream
Feed the fires of worldly things
Oh the schemes of the Voodoo Mouth!

Does not forget, cannot forgive
Suffers not to let live
On the scene live accounts

A million zombies on a chain
Curse each other and share their pain
We’ll be back with the body count

The deal was done and they had their way
Then on to Baghdad and Guantanamo Bay
With Halliburton and hell to pay
Spat from the Voodoo Mouth.

What if your life was blown away by a hurricane?
And everyone you knew was washed away?
And no-one came for days and days?
To see if you were ok?

Voodoo Mouth from Alamantra on Myspace.

 

Voodoo Mouth is a hell broth of a lot of my anger and disappointment with the Dark Odyssey of the Bush years. I found some photos from one of the first Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans after Katrina. I used them to make the little video above.
“One mere mortal’s broken rhyme” is a reference to Odysseus:
Book VII Lines 242–260: Odysseus replies: oh, no, I’m just a mere mortal, but I’ve got a real story to tell the gods are interested in me; I’m somebody famous.
Even though there are the obvious references to New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina, the real meaning of the song is about how corporate media uses unspeakable tragedy to frame and maintain a constant narrative that is numb and divorced from empathy. Modern history seems largely made up of stupid events to justify stupid reactions.

 Posted by at 9:11 pm
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