Joker Face

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lyrics

Here I am, sitting in a seedy downtown bar
The Joker deals the cards
A chalk white face, a purple suit and shiny wing tips
A Glasgow smile and a Cuban cigar

He says, “I’ll see your raging ambition and I’ll raise you sedition.
Who says you can’t have a little bit of fun?”
I say, “I’m calling—all in—so may the best hand dealt win.”
He says, “Son, it was settled long before it began.
See, Sonny, you’ve gotta learn to play a little dirty.
Straight shootin’ only makes it easier for me to win it.
Deep down you must have known the tables would turn.
I rigged the deck and a full house beats your two pair.”

He says, “You’ve got something to learn, boy: it’s dog-eat-dog in this world.
Get this and get ahead.”

But that’s so cynical

“Well, well, well,” I said, “I see you need a little regulation.
I’ll be dealing ‘em myself from now on.”
He says, “I’ll see your optimism and I’ll raise you religion.
See? Every good idea just goes wrong.
This game goes much deeper than the dealin’.
Bad beats are fairy tales designed to keep you playin’.
Deep down you must have known you don’t have a chance.
I’ve got an ace up my sleeve, now read ‘em and weep.”

He says, “Try all you want to control, boy,
But as long as you play it by the book you’ll be drawing dead.”
You’ll find it’s all just a joke, boy, and the best poker face is a smile.
That’s just the way it is.”

Well I don’t care about how it is—only how I want it to be
I don’t help things exist if I don’t like what they mean
So you’re the only card game in town, but fair’s just not how you play
So I’ll fold for now and I’ll go start my own game

I just don’t care how it is—that’s not how I want it to be
And I don’t help things exist if I don’t believe in what they mean
So you’re the only card game around, but I don’t like how you play
So I’ll fold for now and I’ll go start my own game

‘Cause I’m not so cynical

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from Engines, released August 31, 2012

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Blue Food is funk for the 21st century. A 7-piece prog/funk/rock outfit, creating eclectic, powerful music fusing elements of funk, rock, metal, jazz, and everything in between.

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