Freaks, Geeks, and Color Streaks

August 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

This past week, my son took part in a sort of free-for-all community art project known as Freak Alley. For five nights, invited artists spray, brush, or otherwise apply color to outdoor walls, creating a large series of murals in the heart of downtown Boise, Idaho. For a sense of what Freak Alley is all about, check out this Boise Weekly story.

During the informal public unveiling of this year’s Alley, my wife said I should write a song about Freak Alley. So I did.

Freak Alley

You’ll see things you’ve never seen before
Opening your mind through a closed door
If you want to find out where it’s at
Just grab your hat –
And come with me down to Freak Alley

Went down to the Alley
Just to see what I would find
Images to blow
Or simply educate my mind

I saw Jimi there
And read the words of MLK
There’s no telling what you’ll find
On any given day

You’ll see things you’ve never seen before
Opening your mind through a closed door
If you want to find out where it’s at
Just grab your hat –
And come with me down to Freak Alley

Go down to the Alley
You’ll see things you didn’t know
Echoes of Warhol
Grandma Moses meets Van Gogh

Gloria and Angela
Still fight for women’s rights
All sorts of messages
Beneath the alley lights

You’ll see things you’ve never seen before
Opening your mind through a closed door
If you want to find out where it’s at
Just grab your hat –
And come with me down to Freak Alley

(instrumental:)

There’s no telling what you’re gonna find
But it’s guaranteed to stretch your mind
Creatures straight from Hell
Or a psychedelic wishing well
It all could bring sight to the blind

You’ll see things you’ve never seen before
Opening your mind through a closed door
If you want to find out where it’s at
Just grab your hat –
And come with me down to Freak Alley

© 2014 Walt Huntsman. All rights reserved.

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