The Unknown Comic and McCallister's Wife

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In those days you wore gold chains
And Jordache jeans,
Posed like Cagney
Dangling Swisher Sweets.

Bought a sports car and drove
With the T-tops down—
Stopped at every stop sign
In those leather seats

The housewives would laugh and shake,
Their husbands would bellyache
As you performed your routines
At my baseball games.

From all the way in right
I could see you two entwined.
McCallister was always working late.

The Unknown Comic and McCallister’s wife
Were seen together once or twice—
Dinner and a bottle of wine

When you cut the holes out
With tender precision and care
And you put it on before
You went to work that day,

Did you know then
That there was no going back,
That once you wore the bag
It was there to stay?

Did you talk in code through branches,
Exchange furtive glances
As McCallister was flipping hamburgers?

You roasted him at the Holiday Inn—
But while the others went for blood
You were uncharacteristically demure.

The Unknown Comic and McCallister’s wife
Were seen together once or twice—
Dinner and a bottle of wine

Was she an apparition?
Or was she really there?
Was it she we ate with
On the second floor of that forgotten restaurant,
Studying you like a spider studies
The back-porch eaves
As you ate your shepherd's pie?
She came to see me play
At the Culver City Tournament, right?
Hiding in plain sight.
After which we stopped at Foster's Freeze
For some sodas and soft serve.
Was she really there
In those brown leather boots,
In the purple scarf and silver stockings,
Red lipstick and mysterious frock
Warmly complimenting me
On my lackluster performance?
She looked at me like
I was the feather in your hat.
But she couldn't possibly have been there.
No, it was someone else for sure.
It was someone else's life.
It was someone else's wife
That I read about somewhere.


from Hotcakes & Atrocity, released May 27, 2014
Scott Schoenberg - Vox, Electric Guitar
Matt Chambers - Bass Guitar
Alex Perez - Drums
Vincent Munoz - Keyboards
Judie Annozine - Backing Vocals

Produced by Scott Schoenberg and Gavin Ross
Engineered and Mixed by Gavin Ross
Mastered by Little Red Book Mastering



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