Did I just say that?

by Ken Baake

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This is one of those journalism songs. That is, some of the dialogue is taken from a conversation I overheard in a Lubbock bar last fall, 2013. One car dealer was recounting his day to another. He got so fed up with a customer that he cussed him out in border Spanish. He was proud of his hometown of El Paso and wanted to make it clear he had learned a thing or two about tough customers from living there. I made up the stuff about him being a policeman and Army veteran. Not often we get to sympathize with a car dealer.

lyrics

I got him off the Edge
Into a 20K truck
I’m like, “dude I make deals all day.
“So don’t push your luck.”

He starts talking extras,
Driving to Vegas today.
I knew this was one walk up
I should’ve gave away.
I start breakin down the finances.
They always want a say.

Now I’m from El Paso
So I drop a chingale

Dude, did I just say that?

I could’ve busted dirt bags
In the squad car lights.
Instead of stalking desert shadows.
In the boogie dark night.

With infrared goggles
An M4 Carbine
I thought this cure for being broke
Would work out differently

Now I’m doing deals
They always want a say.

I just moved from El Paso
So I drop a "chingale"

Dude, did I just say that?

What did I just say?
Well I know it’s not OK.
It’s not politically correct.
But I said it anyway.

I’m a gringo from El Paso.
Border guerro all the way.
Trying to make a living
But I just told that dude,

"Chingale."
Dude, did I just say that?

His popping tease girlfriend
Says the truck’s not her style.
Wants to feel the wheel
of something fun for a while.

I know F&I
And they won’t bump that far.
She leans in close and flirty
Says “I really want that car.”

Start reaching for my pencil.
But then I walk away.
Another buyer teasing liar

So I drop a "chingale"
Dude, did I just say that?

What did I just say
Well I know it’s not OK.
It’s not polite language.
But I said it anyway.

I’m a hard working soldier, cop.
Pushed too far today.
Trying to make a living
But I just told them all,

Chingale

credits

released March 19, 2014
Ken vocals, guitar, harmonica

Recorded Fall 2013 at the Crossroads Recording Studio, Texas Tech University.
Amy DeVoge, producer/engineer.

Thanks to my friend and honky tonk song writer Tommy Barker for listening to an early version of the song and brainstorming it with me.

tags

tags: folk Lubbock

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Ken Baake Lubbock, Texas

Ken was born in Baltimore in 1955. He grew up hearing everyone from Johnny Mercer and Ray Charles to the Beatles on the family hi-fi, with a usual Saturday encore of Wagner's operas. Ken has degrees in English and economics and a background in journalism. He is currently an associate professor of English at Texas Tech, teaching classes in rhetoric. ... more

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