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Skokie Swift
(Arkin)

Day breaks with the Skokie Swift.
(Men and women dressed for success.)
She rumbles to a halt to give me a lift.
(Bosses who don't care but don't want less.)
Students who think art is anything
And pierce their noses with a ring.
Girls wearing walkmen and magazines.

And then there's I.
Can't help but wonder why
They won't look into my eyes.
I shake my head and sigh...
But I take another look.

A girl reads a book by Kerouac.
I look at her but she doesn't look back.
I think that when I read cool books on trains I wish someone would say,
"Hey, I read that," and maybe we'd be friends...

Probably not.
She'll think that you're a nut.
Just stay inside your rut
It's safe and easy but...

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
No more cliches in this refrain.
I want to get off of this train.
It's just connection that I crave.
The Skokie Swift could be my saviour
If I'd just decide to lay it on the line.

Kick my way between elevator doors.
Angry faces just can't bear one more.
Waiting for their numbers to come up
They pray that no one will disrupt
Their trip from down to up and then

Work, eat, work again 'til six.
The more you live the more you learn the tricks.
If I leave at just the perfect time
I get to see the girl with good hair
And this time she could see me...

You never know.
Tonight I'll give it a go.
The worst she'll say is no.
But what if she's got a Joe?. . .

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
No more cliches in this refrain.
I want to get off on this train.
It's just connection that I crave.
The Skokie Swift could be my saviour
If I'd just decide to lay it on the line.

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from Oft Interred With Their Bones, released January 1, 1994
Written by Devin Arkin. Performed by The Good: Tony Rogers (vocals, guitar), Devin Arkin (vocals), John Scholvin (guitar), Greg Newman (drums), Scott Hedrick (bass)

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The Good Chicago, Illinois

The Good is the creation of singer / songwriters Tony Rogers (tonyrogers.bandcamp.com) and Devin Arkin (who died from brain cancer in late 2016), joined by John Scholvin (guitar), Dave Rothkopf (bass), and John Goodman (drums). The band began making waves on the Chicago music scene in the early 90's; they've released 4 critically acclaimed full length studio albums, and more. ... more

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