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Corner Hot Dog Stand

from Wild Inertia by Øhell

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An ambivalent love song to my home town of Chicago, IL. Fictional, but probably did happen at one time or another. It's a city of immigrants that is very hard on immigrants -- just like the US in 2021.

lyrics

There were sirens wailing
Fire engines spraying
And a crowd had gathered
Though it was 3 in the morning

CHORUS
The corner hot dog stand burned down
The corner hot dog stand burned down
The corner hot dog stand burned down
The corner hot dog stand bur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-urned

The owners were these Mexicans
Who wouldn't pay for protection
From the local gang-bangers
Or from the local police
The thing went up like nothing
It was a wooden bungalow
And the people stood and stared
Some prayed and shook their heads

CHORUS

Now there's a new hot dog stand
Run by these North Shore types
As part of their chain
It's kept sparkling clean
And no one misses the old stand
The family moved back to Mexico
But the blinding neon signs
Make me long for the days before

CHORUS

Burn out the old
Bring in the new
Burn out the old
Bring in the new
Burn out the old
Bring in the new
Burn out the old
Bring in the new
Bring in the new!

credits

from Wild Inertia, track released March 31, 2021
Russ Forster: Co-Lead Vocal / Guitars / Basses / Drums / Percussion
Jenny Rex: Co-Lead Vocal

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Øhell San Francisco, California

Recorded 30 years ago at The Shoes' Short Order Recorder studio in Zion, IL, these tracks remained mainly abandoned until re-mixed at Beast Of Baden studio in early 2020 and my own Blue Vic studio in mid-2020. Thanks for listening!

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