Ugly Orphans: The Talkin’ Headline Blues #191

The Talkin’ Headline Blues is a weekly series of recordings using unedited headlines from CNN.com written as a song. This week’s topic: Ugly Orphans.

Even ugly orphans enjoy listening to this week’s Talkin’ Headline

Talkin’ Headline haiku

Ugly Orphans: The Talkin' Headline Blues #191
Two ugly orphans share an intimate moment as Vice President Mike Pence pets the hair of President Donald Trump for the first time.

Ugly outrage for fake death.
Trump rarely scrubs.
Look, why turn healthy?
Rabbit leaves Americans orphans.

Aren’t we all ugly orphans at some point in our lives? Probably there are even more times than just one that you feel like that. Alone, cold, unwanted, made to sit in a corner facing the wall.

But at least you weren’t in debt to a foreign government during that time. At least you weren’t the most visible person on the planet. At least you got through it and came out the other side in the warm embrace of someone who showed you love, instead of in a prison cell of one type or another.

So things aren’t all bad then, I guess.

Headlines used for this recording

Chicago March for Science sign #spiderman #climatechange #science #chicago

Chicago March for Science sign #spiderman #climatechange #science #chicago
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Trump Snakes: The Talkin’ Headline Blues #190

The Talkin’ Headline Blues is a weekly series of recordings using unedited headlines from CNN.com written as a song. This week’s topic: Trump Snakes.

Listen to this week’s Talkin’ Headline to hear the hiss of Trump snakes

Talkin’ Headline haiku

Trump Snakes: The Talkin' Headline Blues #190
Tiny-handed President Donald Trump snakes his way out of public view followed closely by a man who is scared of what happens at restaurants.

11 official Trump snakes.
Vote sparks history exercise.
Killing orcas and people.
How video takes you.

Have you ever seen a snake in it’s natural habitat? Better yet, have you ever seen one somewhere that it doesn’t belong?

I saw a diamondback rattlesnake out west in Arizona on a trip with my family last summer. I still think about the way it undulated in the desert sand. How quick it scuttled out of view under a scraggle of brush.

I often wonder what that snake would do if it had to sit at a desk all day, or if it had to sign papers that it was unable to comprehend. I bet it’d get pretty bored and filled with anxiety. It might even lash out and tug at the arm of a visiting dignitary from a foreign country. Just to make it feel at home.

Either way, I’m sure the snake would be able to maintain it’s leathery and scaly skin, due to the many hours spent alone in the barren wastes of the desert.

Headlines used for this recording

Songwriting, home recording, vinyl records and comic books from Chicago folk singer Andrew Francis.

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