June 5, 2009 / Media / Brooklyn news / Podcast / Frank Hoier’s Rhythm & News

Our man Frank’s new tune!

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The Bard of Bushwick, Frank Hoier, wrote his latest “Rhythm and News” song after reading about a bizarre dance-and-mug on the J train last week.

Sung in a minor key, it tells the story of a victim who watched a performance by a team of subway dancers, only to have those high-steppers do a two-step on his head.

It’s the kind of artistic license you’ll find only in Hoier’s “Rhythm and News” — and only on, Brooklyn’s best Web site.

But Hoier is not only a regular folk balladeer in our Downtown office. He also performs every other Wednesday at Jalopy in the Columbia Street Waterfront District and every other Thursday at Northeast Kingdom in Bushwick.

Catch him next on June 17 at Jalopy.

And here are the lyrics to the new hit song, “Dancing Three”:

It was late one night

The J train went rumbling by

And on it was a young man named Joe

It was well past 3

He was sittin’ half asleep

When three strange kids asked,

“Would you like to see a show?”

Joe said, “What kind?”

The first kid replied

“We call ourselves ‘The Dancin’ Thugs Three.’”

Joe said, “Sure,”

But before he knew it they were

Yap dancin’ right on top of his left cheek

Joe let out a yell

Gave up his wallet and his cell

He knew this dance, but never saw it done like this

The first kid spun around

Did the splits and touched the ground

They got off the train and blew Joe a little kiss

When reporters asked the next day

Joe said that he still felt strange

But there was one lesson he knows a little too well:

You can’t trust no kid

Wearin’ a tutu and Jordans

Tell him and his gang

They can dance to hell

And so now every time

I board a J train I’m

Looking out for this famous pack of kids.

I don’t have enough to lose

And I easily bruise.

That’s why I don’t like dancing

Though I never did.

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Mary Keller McCann from Long Beach CA. says:

Sad to hear about the "Dancing Thugs Three", but love the music!!

Mary Keller

June 5, 2009, 9:58 pm

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