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Silent Movie Star

from Paper Clown by Chris Porcelli

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I want to be a silent movie star like Charlie Chaplain,
And I’d go roller skating through the mall to see what happens.
I wouldn’t care what people think of me or what they reckon,
While I’m flying past the crowd at what appears to be me travelling at 50 frames per second.
Silent movie star.

A baseball biopic and I would be the great bambino,
Or I could be Monsieur Beaucaire like Rudolph Valentino.
I wouldn’t have to learn to sing or dance in my profession,
But I would really have them laughing through the great depression.
Silent movie star.

One day if I go walking and I pass you,
Don’t take offense if I don’t say “How you do?”
I’m only practicing for my big debut,
And you will understand when you see my review.

My only fears are grand pianos that could drop on top of us,
Or accidentally begin a civil war between the people of the futuristic city of Metropolis.
Silent movie star.

I want to be a silent movie star like Charlie Chaplain,
So I could be the talk of every person in Manhattan,
And everyone would know my face and all of my expressions,
And if I get my wish my life would be complete perfection.
Silent movie star.
Silent movie star.


from Paper Clown, released May 1, 2015


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