Juice Bar Girl

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Juice Bar Girl’s genesis is a poem written by John after buying a juice from a girl who’d clearly been crying. The next step was to imagine why she was crying and why her day had turned to shit. Steve took the poem one step further, imagining the effect of this girl’s emotional outpouring on her customers, picturing a queue of regulars who returned to by a juice off the girl, because she reminded (validated) them of their own futility.
Steve and John both live in Central Victoria, a place known for its dry and harsh summers and this dryness is echoed in the Steve’s conversational chorus with lines like ‘would you like a little lime, coz your lips are looking dry’ and ‘I don’t think it will rain do you?’ … a distinct metaphor for the dryness of the spirit which her customers are seeking to soothe.

lyrics

JUICE BAR GIRL
(words: John Holton/Steve Lane. music: Steve Lane)

she always smiled
through red eyes
I thought she was allergic
to mangoes
but in the end she cried
so many tears
that the sweetest of fruit
tasted like bloody marys

would you like a little lime?
because your lips are looking dry
and I don’t think it will rain
do you?
some kale to make it green
and swamp the brown it seems
to go on forever
don’t you think?

she always works on a wednesday
and the sun it never shines
in that concrete shrine
and I always see the same faces
standing in the queue
for that taste of melancholy
always gets you through

would you like a little lime?
because your lips are looking dry
and I don’t think it will rain
do you?
some kale to make it green
and swamp the brown it seems
to go on forever
don’t you think?

credits

from The Revenge Of The Lawn, released July 7, 2017
words: John Holton/Steve Lane. mjusic: Steve Lane
Recorded by Steve Lane and David Carr at Rangemaster Studio (The Patch, Victoria) and Trouble Waters Studio (Emu Creek, Victoria)
Mixed by David Carr at Rangemaster.
Mastered by Joseph Carra at Crystal Mastering (Thornbury, Victoria)

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