David Bowie's On Sale

Now that he's stepped aside
David Bowie's on sale
I think that death is kind
Of like a confirmation of your worth
In the eyes
Of the ones
Who are not so engaged
In the world
Outside.

Look at the teenager's t-shirt
Che Guevara's on sale
We like a little revolution
We like a man who looks a little wild
Over time
We conflate guerrilla warfare
With guitars
Kurt Cobain
Never mind

What you leave behind
You leave behind
Just a memory from another time
What you leave behind
Gets left behind
Just a memory in someone's mind

Down at the bobo café
Frida Kahlo's on sale
They make a decent coffee
And snacks that are a little overpriced
Frida's eyes
Guarantee a clientele
Of conviction
In these
Contradicting times

What you leave behind
You leave behind
Half a memory from another time
What you leave behind
Gets left behind
Half a memory in someone's mind

Oscar Wilde's on sale
Albert Einstein's on sale
Joey Ramone's on sale
Not the prettiest star

Marilyn Monroe's on sale
Nelson Mandela's on sale
Pablo Picasso's on sale
They put his name on the back of a car

© Andrew Szwejkowski 2017. This recording, 2019. All rights reserved.