Chandler Travis - Chandler Travis- What I Want

from Song of the Weak 2020 by Chandler Travis, CT Philharmonic, CT Three-O, and on and on

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Recorded and shot by C.T. at Babyland June 27, 2020- I've been having a really hard time trying to figure out what to say about the pandy (as my friend Jack Grace refers to it), and if you want to hear a great song about it, proceed directly to Randy Newman's "Stay Away"; but enough folks actually asked about me doing something about it that I finally have, and it's really long, and really whine-y, but luckily John and Mark and Ken play great on it!


What I want – what I want:
I want to go out in public and not look like a robber.
I want to know whether you're smiling or not.
I want to hug everyone I see.
I want to go to a crowded, smoky bar where the band
is too loud.
I want the band to be mine.
I want to watch a game.
I want not to come from this country.
I want not to come from any country.
I want to hold you tight.
I want to not be a racist.
I want our president to disappear forever.
I want to make music so good and so surprising,
your heart will explode.
I want to write a book.
I want it to be about anything but this.
I want to cry.
I want to come over to your house, you lucky thing.
I want to go to heaven.
I want to see my folks again.
I want a dog.
I want to tell you I know how you feel.
I want to know how you feel.
I want to help.
I want to be cool.
I want you to know how much I care.
I want not to care.
I wanna turn the page.
I want to stay in bed all day.
I want to get out of here.
I want someone else to make this world a better place, while I applaud.
I want this to be over, and to undo the wrongs I've done.
I want to say I'm sorry.
I want my cat to stop bothering me
when I'm writing my anthem.
I want my loved ones safe, and my enemies...
well, like I said, just make that one asshole disappear, and we'll call it a day.
I want to hear something that changes everything.
I want to be quiet.
I want to know if there's any rhyme or reason
to any of this.
I want this to be in the past.
I want us to last forever.
I want to forget.
I want the people who've worked so hard to keep us safe to be safe,
I want to say thank you, and not to be so damn needy.
I want Allen Toussaint back, and for him to bring whoever he wants.
I want to sing together again.
And this lamp, and these matches...
And I want a bag of crawfish, and a beer.
I want a bag of crawfish, and a beer.


from Song of the Weak 2020, released July 17, 2020
John Clark- string bass
Ken Field- alto sax
Mark Usher- electric guitars
photo by Beth Harrison


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Chandler Travis Philharmonic Massachusetts

THE CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC is a 9-piece technicolor extravaganza from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, mandocello, guitar, keys, drums, accordion, and valet. George Carlin and NRBQ are among their longtime supporters; others include Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Of Montreal, Ween, and yer mother. ... more

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