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The Victory Party

from Victory Party by Geoff Berner

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I was dreaming when I heard the announcement:
The struggle was over and we had won it.
I knew the victory party was imminent,
So I started looking to find it.
I came upon a blinded veteran,
Warming his hands by the fire of an oil drum.
I said "Comrade, can you give me directions?"
"I'm lost on the way to the celebration."
I'm looking---For the Victory Party.

He said
"Cross the river on what's left of the train bridge
Take a left at the charred remains of the orphanage
Turn right at the pile of dog-chewed corpses
Of men and women and dogs and horses."
After hours of weary searching,
I was weary and sick and lurching
Down the steps of a dark red tavern
I recognized the music playing.
I’m looking--For the Victory Party.

I danced with a lady and in the low light there,
I knew we were right on the brink of our best years.
She said “I’ve been saving these fish net stockings
And this is a special occasion.”
They served me whisky and I said “I’m surprised now
That you still have Chivas Regal.”
They said “We mix it in the back in a washtub
Then we colour it up with some brown stuff.”
I drank it down with cheerful avidity—
I don’t want a reputation for negativity,

I raised my glass and said “L’Chaim, everybody!
Let’s drink a toast to the Victory Party!”
I’m looking--For the Victory Party


from Victory Party, released March 8, 2011


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Geoff Berner Vancouver, British Columbia

Singer / songwriter / accordionist / novelist Geoff Berner's music combines klezmer, punk, political satire and Balkan dance rhythms. He writes sharp, literate songs that make you want to weep, laugh, grind your teeth, or kick out a window - often all at the same time. Having built a cult following with his weirdly compelling stage presence, G.B. has a strange ability to create fun chaos. ... more

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