Busker's Wages

from The Stone Operation by Mischief Brew

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I got beans, tea
Pennies to dollars
Canadian, Euro, and pounds
I found some bar on a card
With some scratch on the back
It says, "One drink for free
Just stop in sometime, it's on me
Bring your guitar
Sing of rising moons, whiskey and jars."

And if I had a dime for each cigarette
Lint, after-dinner mints, and bread
A ten from father and toddler
That smiled for a medley
And said, "Here's to luck
You're pretty damn good, keep it up
If ever you make it on music TV, think of us."

I'd earn busker's wages
Read life between pages and lines

A fiddle and Matty O'Boyle
And I, with six wires, creep out for a strum and a saw
Singin' songs til the cops sing along

So tonight, I walk by the old corner
Some stranger has taken my place
I'll scrape the crumbs off my pocket
And spice up a clarinet case

I'd earn busker's wages
Read life between pages and lines

Now when I snap up and wrap up for the drive
I think of the best money I've ever made in my life


from The Stone Operation, released May 10, 2011


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Emerging from the undead ashes of PA punk troupe The Orphans, Mischief Brew started with a scratchy demo tape in 2000 and has since spread the good word of anarchy, hilarity, and rebellion across state lines and even the Atlantic Ocean a few times. We've managed to exist for over 13 years in one form or another by kissing nobody's ass and doing everything ourselves, for the most part. No rules! ... more

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