Noah Lentini, Madi Boveri, Will Price - Mister Choi and Madame G.

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Across my street
I am looking at a store
I don’t go to anymore.
But I used to very often.
Now it’s sitting like a coffin
slightly used.
I’m remembering the whole thing
unamused.

This place was just a fruit stand
I think.
Was run, I think,
by Eastern Europeans
who by this time were
bought out by Koreans
and their family from Seoul.
Whom I joined at their family sink.
We ate Kim Chi,
and followed their traditions.
I told them ‘bout my crazy ass ambitions
and they handed me a bowl.
Filled with luck and self-control.

Looking in the window of this emptied out space.
I see their reflections in my face.
I see Mister Choi and Madame G.
Squawking at their family.
Who stand there with these irritated grins.
The children always practicing their violins.
Open twenty-four hours from dawn ’til dawn.
And one day they were gone.

What happened to these wonderful friends?
In twenty years
I never got a letter.
I hoped their lives got infinitely better
and I wanted to explain
how their friendship kept me sane.

Looking in the window of this emptied out space.
I see their reflections in my face.

I see Mister Choi and Madame G.
Treating me like family.
They cooked, I fed their children and their cat.
I wasn’t staff but made them laugh and
that was that.

Open twenty-four hours from dawn ’til dawn. And
one day they were
gone.

Open twenty-four hours from dawn ’til dawn. And
one day they were
gone, and one day
they were gone,
and one day they were gone.
And one day they were gone.

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from Elegies: A Song Cycle (Studio Cast Recording), released September 11, 2016

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