I’m in a movie theaterA white screen-And so beginswith violinsa Coney IslanddreamThe scene is after warWith love in reach –Trailing shots ofBusy city spots –Than:Brooklyn at thebeachThe salt breeze,The sand, the foamThe waves,and boardwalk babeswhotan aloneOn the boardwalk:Fun house mirrors,Barkers, Drifter shtarkers,cruising queers –Everyone is hidingin the open air.the cops only make stopsto feel the wind in their hair.There is a couplewalking, starry-eyedBrooklyn drifters, romance grifters,Side by sideThe camera zooms in –He’s close, and whispers discretely,She’s flattered,the camera pulls back,seagulls are scattered,and she smilessweetlyI cringe and sinkInto my seat-I know these two,a Bensonhurst and aBrownsville Jew,Mad from the heatI stand andYell at the screen“lady, flee the seduction of the sea –he’s nothing like heseems“This will have aSorry end,with miseries endlessA lonely child , lost and wild –And completely friendless-
what is this,the room iscoldthis was foretoldI am deathI am the shadow on your wallI am that which comes all daysbefore the falloi, death, oi, deathoi, death, oi deathlead us out of Eastern Europe,just like Moseslead us out before the camp gateslams and closesbecause even after war,the Polish mobsare at your door –oi, death, oi, deathoi, death, oi deathJews have died,but only one was crucifiedoi, death, oi, deathoi, death, oi deathI am death,I will see that yourwidow cries –Let your children watch you diebefore your eyes,stop your heart before you cansay your goodbyes –oi, death, oi, deathoi, death, oi deathmy gullet seizes,breath turns cold,my bones are brittlecome here mother,take a towel,and wipe myspittle.Ich ver alt ich ver altund der pupik wird mir kaltich ver altund der pupik wird mire kaltoi death oi deathoi death oi deathmark my gravestonewith these words,to see me through:“look, here lies,among the flies, anotherJew” and kick some dirt andrun from this wholegraveside scene,‘cause only goyim worry thattheir grave’s keptclean oi death oi deathoi death oi death
Allen Lowe is a saxophonist/composer who has made 12 CDs under his own name. He has worked with Julius Hemphill, Roswell Rudd, David Murray, and others.
Photo from Oct 18 NYC concert - recording for upcoming album
PHOTO FROM OCT 18 NYC CONCERT - RECORDING FOR UPCOMING ALBUM