July 1, 2009

On My Block (the Laurel Street Remix)

One of the better ideas Joe and I have had on our lunch breaks was a Laurel Street version of Scarface's 'My Block'. Now that I've been on the street for exactly one year, I finally had enough material to put a ditty together. You have to know the song to get it, though.

♫ ♫ Since last July it's been the same ol' thing on my block
You're either out on bail or a young professional on my block
Friends in SUVs "have to be fucking crazy" to park on my block
Bedraggled moms ask for bread on my block
Multigrain or white? They'll take whatever you got

On my block
Where half-way and century homes co-exist
My block
The 'I need two dollars' guy is usually pissed
My block
There's a rotten old creek with shopping carts in it
On my block

♫ ♫  Weekday mornings it's the same ol' thing on my block
I walk to work while people work to walk on my block
Last night's blood in their veins, but they're up early to hustle my block
Ducks cross the road; I hope they're not breakfast on my block
It's the start of another day on Laurel, whether its residents like it or not

On my block
Where Winnebagoes hide from the cops
My block
Cabbies talk of a brothel where you can get whatever you want
My block
A hairy man leers out a window that never shuts
On my block

♫ ♫ Every weekend it's the same ol' thing on my block
Profane lovers' quarrels spill onto the streets of my block
'Jerome' yells "Fuck welfare!" as his girlfriend kicks him off of my block
Someone jumps out a third-floor window and the cops are back on my block
Some of them wave to me now because they're here a lot

On my block
The men are usually shirtless
My block
There's a free bottle return service
My block
But strangely I no longer get nervous
On my block


Anonymous said...

Reminds me of Ottawa.

- Scott

Mike said...

"I walk to work while people work to walk on my block" is definitely my favourite line.

And no shout-out for the 16-year-old suburban girls fiending for some E? Shame.

B. Scott Currie said...

Scott: very much like your Ottawa 'hood, except here it's only one block whereas in O-town it seems like an entire part of town has gone to seed. Good for rental prices at least, I guess.

Mike: I thought about our encounter with those wayward youths, but it simply wasn't crazy enough to make the verse.

Maybe it's also because that incident legitimately saddened me as those young girls had no business being on Laurel Street yet. You fail at life then end up there, not the other way around.

Anonymous said...

hahaha is this on the wedding playlist?


Anonymous said...

And easy on those "wayward youths" some of them turn out just fine, or so I hear........ :P

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