This Means War

by Jonathan Vassar

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Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Vassar

"Of course, you know this Means War." 1935, Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx as Otis B. Driftwood, A Night at the Opera.


An ordinary night, new kent county.
I’ve got your number, but i’m not counting on you.
I’m sitting and drinking at a table for two waiting for you to show.
If you don’t I don’t know what I’m gonna do.
I’ve got one over eight to go.

You arrive as i’m leaving, pretend not to see me
so i walk out to my car;
thinking to myself ‘this is something else,”
and then before i know it there you are.
You look at me. I look at you.
I say “Of course you know this means war.”
You shake your head, laugh and say
“I’ll tell you if I find something to die for.”

ordinary night, new kent county.


released October 7, 2020
Recorded and Mixed by Allen Bergendahl of Viking Recording

"Pool Hall, April 1972" Photograph by William Strode


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