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Earlier today a friend of mine and I were reciting bits of what might someday be known as one of the finest and most profound bits of poetry reading recorded (provided that the rest of the recordings were destroyed and forgotten), and were disappointed that the work didn't appear to be transcribed anywhere on the Web. So, for the first time on the INNARWEB, I give you Stich Wynston's...

What Do You Want?

[note from pitchpipe]

[chanting:]
What do you want?
Tell me what do you want?

Do you want a tile floor?
Do you want to have more?
Do you want a big score?
Do you want a big war?

What do you want?

Do you want to be in fashion?
Do you want to have passion?
Do you want to go cash in?
Do you want your fair ration?

What do you want?

Do you want to have great wit?
Do you want to learn to knit?
Do you want to be a hit?
Do you want a science kit?

What do you want?

Do you want to learn to sing?
Do you want a diamond ring?
Do you want to have a fling?
Do you want to go to Peking?

What do you want?

[percussion]

[spoken:]
What do you want?
Tell me what do you want?

Do you want to pay your dues?
Do you want to sing the blues?
Do you want to go and snooze?
Do you want Do you ever want to lose?

What do you want?

Do you want to go and fight?
Do you want to have your right?
Do you want to see the light?
Do you want do you want your jeans... so tight?

What do you want?

Do you want to be hip?
Do you want some [horn] chip dip?
Do you want to go on a trip?
Do you want to be... Robert Fripp?

What do you want?

[percussion]

What do you want?

Do you want to rid yourself of fear?
Do you want to burn your brassiere?
Do you want to drink five hundred beer?
Do you want me to whisper sweet nothings in your ear?

What do you want?

Do you want to meditate?
Do you want to masturbate?
Do you want to annihilate?
Do you want to go out on a date?

What do you want?

Do you want a high?
Do you want to cry?
Do you want to die?
Do you want a corned beef on rye?

What do you want?

[rhythm]

Corned beef on rye!
[repeats 8x]

Corned beef on rye! (with a pickle!)
[repeats]

Do you want to go far?
Do you want to be a star?
Do you want a moon beam in a jar?
Do you want to smoke your dad's great big fat cigar?

What do you want?

Do you want to fight for a cause?
Do you want to stop and... pause?
Do you want to take drugs through straws
Do you want to pick your schnozz?

What do you want?

Do you want something?
Do you want nothing?
Do you want everything?
Do you want anything?

What do you want?

Do you want to know how?
Do you want to know now?
Do you want to go haha WOW?
Do you want a thick brow?
Do you want a brown cow?

What do you want?

Do you want your t-bone brownt?
Do you want to learn to count?
Do you want a fish to mount?
Do you want that sun ra's real name is Sonny Blount?

Do you want to get the knack?
Do you want to make lots of jack?
Do you want to be stacked?
Do you want your blender back??

What do you want?

Do you want to wear a frown?
Do you want to be a clown?
Do you want to leave this town?
Do you want to GET DOWN?

[band]

Does it get better than that? I don't think it does.


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Having seen this performed...

... in a small club back when Streetniks first came out, I am forced to concur. It really is a brilliant performance.

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