Silly Minds (Theatrical Version) Written and performed by Cory Capron, January, 24, 2003 Two chairs are placed in the center of the stage. A figure enters and sits in one of the chairs. He begins to talk introducing a song and dedicating it to Son House. The song is accompanied only by the stomping of his foot and a light clapping/slapping of his hands. Loretta you and me make two That's all they think that we can do Two silly minds, leaning on the no parking signs But I think they are wrong about us When they go around asking what is all the fuss About two silly minds, with no patience for the check in lines Your fingers are stems with cherry-rose buds And mine are just cut off butcher's stubs Four silly hands, banging on a coffin-black grand I'll play the black keys if you'll play the white You know you ain't bad looking when the lightings right Four silly hands, crushing all the empty soda pop cans (Bridge) Two silly minds and four silly hands Building them castles in the sandy lands Where the gulls sore high and the clouds aren't plotting plans... Well if you take the high road I'll take the low Baby when I love you I'm gonna love you slow Then you take the low road and I'll take the high I ain't shooting for the roof baby I'm blowing out the sky... He holds the last note for a second and then abruptly stops in a gasp. He looks around at the audience like he had not really realized they were there then at the empty seat next to him. He looks back at the audience, closes his eyes and begins to sing again with a slower, but increasing, tempo of stomps. Well I've seen a man lose his wooden teeth Stranded all alone on a gilded reef Watching as the tide so slowly came in Passing over his ankles and over his shins And he just stood there a-knowing that he couldn't swim As the water so slowly rose over his brim He saw a ship leave the port going out to sea But nobody was sending out a ship for he... And I see that man in mirror, sometimes looking at me I said I see that man in the mirror, sometimes looking at me... The song appears to end. He then gets everybody to stomp along increasing the tempo into a frenzy, climaxing in a return to the original tempo. Loretta you and me made two That's all they thank that we can do Two silly minds, just splitting from the traffic fines Now my sheets are red and my pillows blue With a tear face where I've just been a-crying for you Baby one silly mind's, too silly for the jukebox dimes Yeah these days one silly mind's, too silly for the jukebox dimes..."Silly Minds (Theatrical Version)" IS COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL AND MAY NOT BE DOWNLOADED, TRANSMITTED, PRINTED OR PERFORMED WITHOUT THE EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR
There are at least two other complete versions of this song. One is basically the same lyrically but gets from one place to another in more of a Beatles "A Day in the Life" fashion with instruments instead of physical acting. The other version (also intended for instruments) is my most personally satisfying attempt to date at Folk-Punk and trades in the man on the reef segment for an old school style punk chant chorus and another two stanzas.
"Silly Minds (Theatrical Version)" debuted January 24, 2003, performed by Cory Capron.