I Write Cheques


Hated Uncles – I Write Cheques – Variety Show cassette (1989)
Hated Uncles – I Write Cheques – Live at the Rathskellar – Hamilton, ON (Dec. 1989)

I Write Cheques - drawing by John Kinsella - from The Hated Uncles' "Variety Show" booklet. 1989

drawing by John Kinsella for the “Variety Show” booklet 1989


I write cheques to my creditors,
as the world sleeps and dreams
of rich bungalow houses
and beautiful lawns
surrounded by golden pavement,
emanating from the soiled earth.

I write cheques to pay my debts
as people starve in the streets
and fight for survival
a warm place to sleep
as the world comes crashing
down around them.

I write cheques to my friends
to pay off old drinking debts
as people’s throats are slit
and the blood oozes out from
severed veins
screaming:
“I’m going to die,
I’m going to die.”

I write cheques to support
this crooked government
whose mouth is gaping wide
begging for more cheques
to satisfy its permanent hunger.


Video – Live 1989


Notes

  • I recall writing this at the Beverly Hills apartments – before my one and only eviction. The good old days!
  • It was recorded for The Hated Uncles “Variety Show” cassette in 1989. This was during the duo days of John Kinsella and myself.
  • The video is from The Rathskellar at McMaster University in December 1989, shortly after John & Paul joined the band, and before Dave joined and we became a rocking teen combo.
  • In the video, you may catch that the second verse is the same as the first. Someone forgot the lyrics to the 2nd verse…* cough *
  • JK and I did a radio interview with Mole (aka/ “Bruce Mowat”) on CFMU during the summer of 1989 and we did an in-studio version of this song. We may have had a few…
  • I know the interview was recorded since I recall hearing it at Paul’s, but the copy has probably long disappeared into the ether of time. Maybe just as well?

Written: 1988


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