Where Is My Parade?

from by Avi Fox-Rosen

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I did everything that I said I would do.
I made all these promises, then followed through.
I been working so hard on this opus for you.

I woke up ascetic composed before dawn,
Selecting each lyric, each melodic pawn,
Creating the perfect poetic persona.
I wanna know.


I trudged through the city to capture the noise,
Of demented musicians abusing their toys.
I sculpted it preciously, used every ploy,

A sisyphean task of an obstinate will,
A narcissist's drama, and extrovert's thrill,
Cause the world is a stage for my digital swill,
I wanna know.


You forgot all the ticker tape.
You forgot the brass band.
You forgot to invite all the vendors,
Forgot all the floats and the stilt walking handstand brigade.
You forgot to close down 5th avenue,
Forgot all the smiling young children who should be pointing at me,
And asking their mommies and daddies,
"Who's He?"

The man with the crown on his head, and a white sequined cape,
On the float with the president's wife,
Beneficiently waving at the people at his feet,
Cause he did something wonderful for you and for me,
So they closed all the schools and made a national holiday,
Put his face on a coin and a flag and a stamp,
And he started a charity to cure every ill in the world,
And it worked,
And that's why there's world peace.



from Where Is My Parade?, released April 3, 2014
David Ashkenazy - drums
Ric Becker - trombones
Yoni Halevy - drums
Eli Sundelson - keys
Michael Winograd - clarinet

AFR - everything else



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Avi Fox-Rosen Brooklyn, New York

Avi Fox-Rosen makes music with a sardonic sense of humor, dense and dark lyrics, and enchantingly twisted melodies. In 2013 he's releasing an EP of brand new material every month. New York Music Daily has heralded Avi's album-a-month project as "one of the most ambitious jobs anyone in the rock world has taken on lately". Damn straight. ... more

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