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Saturday Night in Douglas County

by Andy Ditzler

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From the forthcoming LP "Since the Music Began"

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SATURDAY NIGHT IN DOUGLAS COUNTY

I.
So now you’re white power kid
Getting online
Now you can flash your own sign
It says dad’s gone, mom’s crazy
And I don’t know what else to do
Nothing can be done, nothing to do
You’re staring at the screen staring back at you

Little brother big man digging in the dirt
Why don’t you just wear a shirt
It says I’m poor and I’m stupid, totally screwed
But I’ll always be white
Dad’s up on the mountain, talking smack
Who else can he hurt
He did you dirt Jack, Jack Junior
Junior Jack

Saturday night in Douglas County
And the feeling is bad
Saturday night in Douglas County
I became the brother you never had

Ooh what is wrong with you

Staring at the screen, up all night
Maybe we should have another fight
I know they make you feel strong
To belong
They’re so goddamn clever, I’m so wrong
Now I gotta go sing this song

Saturday night in Douglas County
And the feeling is bad
Saturday night in Douglas County
Now I’m the brother you never had

II.
Yeah yeah yeah
Go home you’re drunk again
Your ship has sunk again
And dad, dad is not a problem with me
Yo, dad is not a problem with me

Problem is, I have friends, you have issues
I’ll go to the Dollar Tree, get you some tissues

Brother you know I love you
But now I gotta reach above you
Cause unlike you I know what I stand for
America
Where I can work, get married, buy myself a home
That’s all my people have left that we can still call our own

They take that away they’ll never stop
They’re in the streets going after cops
They got cojones kickin up that fuss
When everything they got they got from us
Maybe if you got a job you’d understand
Nah, I’m out man
Cause see, you are too argumentative
I try to reason with you
But you’re so angry and negative
There ain’t no pleasin with you

Nah I got nothing more to say
And I can’t say it any better
Maybe one day I’ll sit down and write your ass a letter
That goes

Well, well what’s that smell
Come outta your shell
Go straight to he---------------
Aw man I don’t mean that, you seen that
I’m just lookin for a rhyme
I do it all the time
Please don’t tell

Seriously, I gotta go man, I don’t know
I’ll see you on the other side of something
Hey – go get yourself well

III.
Mom’s in the clinic, maybe you know
Maybe one day you could go
I bought her some flowers and a stuffed animal
And I told her it was from us

Saturday night in Douglas County
Good times bad times straight to hell
Saturday night in Douglas County
And it feels like a winner for someone else

Ooh fight and cuss
Who did this to us
Who did this to us
Who did this to us

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released January 26, 2021
Composed arranged produced and performed by Andy Ditzler

Words and music copyright 2020 Andy Ditzler
Sound recording copyright 2021 Andy Ditzler

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Andy Ditzler Atlanta, Georgia

Andy Ditzler is a composer, curator, and artist. Trained as a musician at Indiana University, he has composed and performed in contexts ranging from classical and jazz to free improvisation, rock. and live theater. His first CD Songs from Yes and No was followed by the single Solstice, with a music video by filmmaking legend George Kuchar. ... more

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