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eDavid Lohrey was born on the Hudson River but grew up on the Mississippi in Memphis. He currently teaches in Tokyo. He has reviewed books for The Los Angeles Times and The Orange County Register, has been a member of the Dramatists Guild in New York, and served as a voting member of the Los Angeles Ovation Awards for theatre. His plays have appeared around the country and, more recently, in Lithuania and Croatia, in translation. He is currently writing a memoir of his years living in the Persian Gulf.

 

 

 

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Illegals are to be called the undocumented.

Changing names does wonders.

His bastard is a love-child.

Why not move right into the fantasy?

 

Changing names does wonders.

Drop the love-child off at the orphanage.

Why not move right in?

We won’t call them criminals; we’ll call them underprivileged.

 

Drop the love-child off at the orphanage.

Plaster over all our bruises; cover our cracks.

We won’t call them criminals; we’ll call them underprivileged.

Talking filth can sound pretty if you bang a tambourine.

 

Plaster over our bruises; cover our tracks.

One can issue a death sentence while playing the piano.

Talking filth can sound pretty if you bang a tambourine.

We had that with the Germans: musical exterminations.

 

One can issue a death sentence while playing the piano.

Your killer needn’t be called a criminal.

We had that with the Germans.

We’ll call him a liberator, an emancipator, or an engineer.

 

Your killer needn’t be called a criminal.

I like to spit on my hand and shake.

We’ll call him a liberator, an emancipator, or an engineer.

Others like lawyers; they prefer fancy language.

 

I like to spit on my hand and shake.

Why can’t the government pay our bills?

Others like lawyers; they prefer fancy words.

Send someone over to clean up my yard.

 

Why can’t the government pay our bills?

Take the profits away from the Waltons.

Send someone over to clean up my yard.

Give us a charge account at Saks Fifth Avenue.

 

Take the profits away from the Waltons.

The rich can pay for it.

Give us a charge account at Saks Fifth Avenue.

What’s the deficit got to do with it?

 

The rich can pay for it.

We give up.

What’s the deficit got to do with it?

Call it anything you want.

 

We give up.

Take away the burden of daily life.

Call it anything you want.

Take us back to Eden. We give up.

 

 

 

©2018 David Lohrey

 

 

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