Immigrant Blues

from by Erick Rudiak

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My parents came from the land of ice and snow and AK47s
They settled down in Chicago in a four-room place in Rogers Park

Teacher said for Halloween, we could dress up like our favorite hero
I was the only kid in the second grade who looked like Joseph Stalin that day

Teacher asked me why I did it?
I looked up and I admitted
I'm an immigrant, I didn't know

In college I tried flirting with an older girl named Julie Bevan
She was nearly twenty-one, with abs of steel and thighs of milk and perfect grades

One day after Chemistry, she invited me upstairs for coffee
I told her I don't drink the stuff, saddled up my bike and rode away
My roommate asked me why I did it?
I looked down and I admitted
I'm an immigrant, I didn't know

A boy is easily confused
In a land that's filled with double-v's
But double-u is what the natives say

Woe is to the boy who's lost
When 'w' and 'o' are crossed
And women work in wonderbras
And wooly wolves and wobbly cars
All sound so different, written all same

In the land of AK 47's, leaders change with generations
In '88 the news announcer said we'd picked George Herbert Walker Bush
The only president I'd ever known was Rappin' Ronnie Reagan
My civics teacher asked the class, "why is it good to change the president?"

Teacher asked me, "don't you get it?"
I looked around and I admitted
I'm an immigrant, I didn't know


from Good In Bed, released November 27, 2016





Less country than Robbie Fulks, less rock-and-roll than Steve Poltz, less uninhibited than Rhett Miller, less political than Billy Bragg, less fastidious than Josh Ritter... something for every clever song lover!

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