Jack Kerouac: Mexico City Blues

242nd Chorus

“The sound in your mind
is the first sound
that you could sing

If you were singing
at a cash register
with nothing on yr mind –

But when that grim reper
comes to lay you
look out my lady

He will steal all you got
while you dingle with the dangle
and having robbed you

Vanish.
Which will be your best reward,
T’Were better to get rid o
John O’Twill, then sit a-mortying
In this Half Eternity with nobody
To save the old man from being hanged
In my closet for nothing
And everybody watches
When the act is done –

Stop the murder and the suicide!
All’s well!
I am the Guard”

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