Exigeses of the individual verses to be continued.
DESCORT: DUPREE VARIATIONSBetty told Dupree she wanted a diamond ringBetty told Dupree, I want a diamond ringDupree told Betty, I’d buy you most anythingJust sleeplittle Bettysee what tomorrow bringsGo to sleep my little Bettysee what tomorrow bringsNow it’s onlyDupreeIf history and legend have it right,A man will risk it all to please a mistress.We know from witnesses that Dupree’s nightWas fueled by coke and weed; his mood was listless,Then near berserk; at last, by early lightHis eyes were bloodshot and his hands were restless.His mind was fixed. He took a .44,To get that ring, he’d rob a jewelry store.His mind was fixed. He took a .44,The frame was cool and dry; the grip was warm.To get that ring, he’d rob a jewelry store.No use to try and hold him back—the doorClicked softly shut behind him. Like a charmOr talisman, he held his .44.You knew that this would be a night for gore.He smashed the glass with gun and bloodied arm,
And blindly crashed into the jewelry store.He scarcely seemed to care what lay in store,And, heedless that he’d triggered the alarmHe grabbed the ring, and waved his .44.He killed two cops, and wounded several more.Then, weary in his soul, and sick of harm,Threw down the ring, and fled the jewelry store.The law all vowed they'd even up the score.Dupree beat west, and hid out on a farmWith no companion but the .44And stalked by nightmares of the jewelry store.Sheriffs and troopers and Highway Patrol,Squad car and motorbike, horseman and hound,Chasing Dupree like a fox to its hole,Bloodlust won't cease till they run him aground.Radio says that Dupree has been found,Betty just listens and says a soft prayer,Dupree walks out with his hands in the air.Betty asked the sheriff, where will they take Dupree?Sheriff said Your man's gone down to Atlanta jail.Betty went to visit, his face she could not see,They said Your man killed cops, you cannot go his bail.Oh, please, Mr. Jailer, give him this note for me.Sail on,Dupree, sail on.I don't know where you're bound,just wish it didn't have to beso long.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Descort: Dupree Variations
Here's the complete descort, composed for Lewis Turco as an example of the descort for the fourth edition of The Book of Forms.