Baku

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Drew Szabo, bassist, and the writer of “Baku” has a Hungarian heritage and a love for storytelling in songs. This song takes the “I Will Survive” theme to a comedic, vengeful end. Sung by music theater veteran Marcy Weiland, the song tells the story of a woman seeking revenge on an ex–lover. VO5 somehow turns this Middle–Eastern influenced song into a danceable discoish tune with a Kurt Weill cabaret feel. It is certainly the only song to ever use the phrases “erotic activity” and “champagne and smoked trout” along with the phrase “marred by Stalinization.”

lyrics

5. B A K U
You walked out one day saying you’d strike it rich in the oil fields.
I didn’t take it seriously—I’d heard this often before.
But the next day you didn’t show up for the family photograph—
this final insult was the last straw I couldn’t ignore.
I purchased an atlas to check where they kept the petroleum.
I filled up a backpack with clothing and comfortable shoes.
My search for you took me from Yemen to Outer Mongolium,
but finally I picked up your unpleasant scent in Baku.
Baku— a place of redemption
where oil flows and the greedy seek their fortune—
marred by Stalinization. I found you in Baku.
Baku was a hangout for high rollers and shady millionaires—
the Azerbaijan capitol on the Caspian Sea.
I scoured its old city streets wondering if I'd find you there
then I spied you in a chaikana with your cup of tea.
You said you were happy I’d found you—
apologies leapt from your mouth:
“Let’s celebrate in my villa this evening—
we’ll dine on champagne and smoked trout.”
Your sweet demeanor had started to turn me—
my thirst for revenge did abate.
Approaching your villa that fateful evening, I feared I might capitulate.
You poured us some vodka and asked me to drink mine responsibly— by this I inferred that you had every hope I would stay.
Despite the temptation to join in erotic activity,
the poison went into your glass while you looked away.

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from Dance Originality, released October 15, 2015
composed by Drew Szabo

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