San Jose Symphony Reception (Flagrante delicto)


"San Jose Symphony Reception (Flagrante delicto)" is a song from John Musto's song cycle The Book of Uncommon Prayer.

San Jose Symphony Reception (Flagrante delicto)
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The bald man in plaid playing the harpsichord
stopped short and sidled over
to the sideboard
and copped a piece of Moka
on a silver plate
and slid back and started playing again
some kind of Hungarian rhapsodate
while the lady with the green eyeshades
leaned over him exuding
admiration & lust
Half notes danced and tumbled
out of his instrument
exuding a faint odor of
chocolate cake
In the corner I was taking
a course in musical destruction
from the dark lady cellist
who bent over me with her bow unsheathed
and proceeded to saw me in half
As a consequence my pants fell right off
revealing a badly bent trombone which
even the first flutist
who had perfect embouchure
couldn't straighten out

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