# MUSIC /// Sonic Youth Interlude: Small Flowers Crack Concrete


May Day 2012 at Wall Street / Photograph by the author

Small Flowers Crack Concrete
by Sonic Youth   NYC Ghosts & Flowers (2000)

Small flowers crack concrete
Narcotic squads sweep thru poet dens
Spilling coffe grabbing 15 yr old runaway girls
By frazzled ponytailed hair and tossing them
Into backseats of cop cars
The narcs beat the bearded oracles
Replacing tantric love with
Complete violence

Lights and mirrors dot the city
Inkstained hippies with boxed lunch and marijuana
Mystery plays of shit and nothingness
Blessed by colors from a black hat

Blue lights search through weeds
Searching for the heart of D.A.Levy
And the mind he left behind

What did you expect? Another mystic wreck?
Thats what you got crawling in your panic net
What did you bring me? Not a goddamn thing yet
And what did you leave me? Another tombstone dream yeah
O salacious mansion, the boys held for ransom
Did you see where he’s gone? The blasted summers dawn
Fucked up in cleveland fucked up in cleveland
Short flight to nothing heavens up to something heavens up to something
Levys up to something, Levys up to something

Death poems for the living gods of america
Plastic saxophones bleat, bleed for nothing, nada
Cops crashing through doors infuriated by silver charms
Of suburban smoke
At war with patches of red dirt glitter
And bluejean fucking
And protest.