“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” E.Y. Harburg.

In case you aren’t familiar with who E.Y. Harburg is here is a short summary.

Edgar Yipsel Harburg (April 8, 1896 – March 5, 1981), known as E.Y. Harburg or Yip Harburg, was an American popular song lyricist who worked with many well-known composers. He wrote the lyrics to the standards, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?“, “April in Paris“, and “It’s Only a Paper Moon“, as well as all of the songs in The Wizard of Oz, including “Over the Rainbow“.

Now how can you not like a guy who wrote the lyrics to “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”?  If good old E.Y. were around today maybe I could have enlisted him to help me out with the lyrics to Career Courier. But as it stands I didn’t have time for a seance so I enlisted Billy Shaddox, lead singer of Billy Midnight, to help out. If you think making a movie is fun, make music. It’s even more fun. Below are some of my favorite lyrics to the soundtrack.

BEST JOB I’VE EVER HAD 

Wind in my hair, sweat on my brow

makes me feel alive somehow

like no other job I’ve ever had before

Monday rolls around and I come on back

feet on the pedals and my bag on my back

even though it’s work it just don’t seem that bad

cause this, is the best job I’ve ever had

Zo_Bag_On_Back

Zo_Bag_On_Back

 

Life on the bike isn’t always about life “on” the bike. At times find myself writing more about Coffee Cart Tony than I do about being a bicycle messenger. My wife refers to him as my “Boyfriend”. But if I counted up all the time spent on the streets of San Diego as a messenger a good bit of it was at Tony’s drinking coffee. So we had to have a song dedicated to Tony.

TEN CUPS

Ten cups will add up to more than I made in a month

Without your kindness these ten cups would put me in debt

Or did you forget I’m just a courier.

Tony_James

Tony_James

 

Thanks for reading today. I hope it doesn’t stop there though. You can check out all the songs with your ears right here on the website. If you have any original music, photo’s, poems or contributions to the greater good of life on a bike feel free to send them in and I’ll try to post them on the site. You can always email me at careercourier@gmail.com