Ballad Of The Thinning Man

by Lach

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released June 21, 2016

Lach - Vocals and Guitar
Engineered by Tom Nishioka
Recorded live at The Fort at Sidewalk Cafe



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Lach, founder of the Antifolk movement and star of BBC Radio 4's The Lach Chronicles.

‘Beat-punk-unplugged joy!’-The Guardian UK

‘Splendid! Best of it's kind!’- Mojo

‘Incredibly bright, influential, funny, poetic.’-Suzanne Vega

‘Best punk guitarist since Johnny Ramone.’-Billy Ficca of Televis
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Track Name: Ballad Of The Thinning Man
Ballad Of The Thinning Man

Cold are the dreams I've been living on
I've been hauling my amp down St.Marks
Everything has changed
Everybody's gone
I close down the bar while they close down the parks

And I'm feeling like the stadium after the ninth inning
Must have been all that hairspray and amphetamine
The punks ask for change
and I tell them with a grin
"Change only comes from within"

And I'm thinning

Legs wrapped in black cotton I'm a poor man's Johnny Rotten
I'm a skinny, peglegged, skeleton man
You might find me haunting
some fool Hootenanny
Saying, "Johnny Cash, yeah, he once played in my band."

And if you'll buy me some gin to help wash the sin
out of the back of my mind
And then toss in a salad
and I'll sing you this ballad
and just like most of its rhymes

I'm thinning

I'm thinning like these jokes
Like the smoke from a bong
Like a song gone on too long
I'm thinning like the plot never got hot
Everyone knew I was the killer from the beginning

And I'm thinning