I’ve been a fan of Roger Alan Wade for some time. Here’s a song of his I heard that I liked. The lyrics may be a little rough for some, but I think it would be a great song to do at a bar with the right crowd. I love the imagery suggested by the paradoxical title. Deguello is a Spanish word meaning beheading or throat-slashing and then to attach it to our word lullaby, makes for a strong image. I think it’s a song that alludes to those living and surviving (or not surviving) on the edges or underbelly of our society. Maybe we all start out looking for a nursery rhyme or fairytale, then find out that life has written a much harder story for us to play out. It’s a song that should make us think.
“Deguello Lullaby” by Roger Alan Wade
Jack & Jill went up a hill
Jack jumped into a moonshine still
Little Boy Blue blowed his horn
Bo Peeps in the meadow, knee deep into porn.
And it’s a hey deedle deeddle
The spoon and the needle,
The cat jumped over New York
Man’s best friend just played violin
And the dish ran away with the fork.
There was an old woman,
She lived in a shoe,
Tweedle dumb tweedle dee and tweedle me too,
Cinderella fell by in a four-door sedan,
I ran off with Alice to wonderland.
Little Jack Horner
Is back in the corner
He axed where I’m from
I said I’m a foreigner
Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall,
And I walked down the stairs to make a phone call.