Johanna Streich - Thank you

Johanna Streich – Thank you Knox

Happy Birthday, again, David!

It’s safe in the city to love in a doorway
Wrangle some screams from the dawn
And isn’t it me, putting pain in a stranger?
Like a portrait in flesh, trails on a leash
Will you see that I’m scared and I’m lonely?
So I’ll break up my room, and yawn and I’ll run to the center of things
Where the knowing one says:

“Boys, boys, it’s a sweet thing
Boys, boys, it’s a sweet thing, sweet thing
If you want it, boys, get it here, thing
‘Cause hope, boys, is a cheap thing, cheap thing”

I’m glad that you’re older than me
Makes me feel important and free
Does that make you smile, isn’t that me?
I’m in your way, and I’ll steal every moment
If this trade is a course, than I’ll bless you
And turn to crossroads and hamburgers

I’ll make you a deal, like any other candidate
We’ll pretend, we’re walking home ’cause your future’s at stake
My set is amazing, it even smells like a street
There’s a bar at the end where I can meet you and your friend
Someone scrawled on the wall “I smell the blood of les tricoteuses”
Who wrote up scandals in other bars

I’m having so much fun with the poisonous people
Spreading rumors and lies and stories they made up
Some make you sing and some make you scream
One makes you wish thay you’d never been seen
But there’s a shop on the corner that’s selling papier mache
Making bullet-proof faces: Charlie Manson, Cassius Clay
“If you want it, boys, get it here, thing

So you scream out of line:
“I want you! I need you! Anyone out there? Any time? “
Tres butch little number whines “Hey dirty, I want you
When it’s good, it’s really good, and when it’s bad I go to pieces”
If you want it, boys, get it here, thing

Well, on the street where you live I could not hold up my head
For I put all I have in another bed
On another floor, in the back of a car
In the cellar of a church with the door ajar
Well, I guess we must be looking for a different kind
But we can’t stop trying ’til we break up our minds
‘Til the sun drips blood on the seedy young knights
Who press you on the ground while shaking in fright
I guess we could cruise down one more time
With you by my side, it should be fine
We’ll by some drugs and watch a band
Then jump in the river holding hands

“If you want it, boys, get it here, thing
‘Cause hope, boys, is a cheap thing, cheap thing”

Lights in the snow storm freezing your brain
Do you think that your face looks the same?
Then let it be, it’s all I ever wanted
It’s a street with a deal, and a taste
It’s got claws, it’s got me, it’s got you…

I wanted to post Sweet Thing as a second tribute to David Bowie’s birthday today. I thought about what picture I might pair it with. Johanna’s name popped into my head.

I received this picture from Johanna a long time ago. At the time, I was too self-conscious, afraid it would look like too much self-aggrandizing, to post it with her title. But not anymore!

Thank you, Johanna.

I was so touched by her sweet gesture, naming me in the title. I still am. I wrote about what she meant to me and Pixels here.

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