Little Man

from It's Getting Late by Illiteratty

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a mini-saga

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Little Man Song Earle Peach

Down on the boulevard a little man sells some books
He wears a winter coat in the sun
He’s got a treasure there for anyone who cares to look
Spreads his goods on a blanket on the ground
Balzac and Baudelaire, Hotel & Top Gun
Every day he carries his chair
On the bus, and he gets off a block from there
Rolls a cigarette and sits down

Little man, where are you from?
Did you know what you’d become
When you were a child in a town on the Don
Playing piano while your parents looked on,
And the bells in the great cathedral in the square:
Is part of you still there?

When the bombs landed in the square I was still in school
No one would tell me my parents died
That’s when I learned that Jesus doesn’t know the golden rule
In the station my uncle cried
For 40 years I shaded my face from the sun
Now I’ve finally ceased to run
Let them kill me on the street if they must
In the end we’re all dust

Little man, where are you from?
Did you know what you’d become
When you were a child in a town on the Don
Playing piano while your parents looked on,
And the bells in the great cathedral in the square:
Is part of you still there?
Is part of you still there?

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from It's Getting Late, released February 23, 2021

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Illiteratty Vancouver, British Columbia

We play metafolk… meaning, original swing, European cabaret, celtic, rockabilly, a cappella, folk, world, pop, with sharp lyrics and up to five-part vocals.

Our instrumentation is for three to six musicians, and our full complement includes guitar, mandolin, violin, keys/accordion, upright bass and small percussion. Our music is funny, angry, idiosyncratic, intelligent, and extremely varied.
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