Lenny Bruce

(With drum and cymbal accompaniment)

To is a preposition.
To is a preposition
Come is a verb.
To is a preposition.
Come is a verb.
To is a preposition
Come is a verb, the verb intransitive.
To come.
To come.
I’ve heard these two words my whole adult life, and as a
kid when they thought I was sleeping.
To come.
To come.
It’s been like a big drum solo.
Did you come?
Did you come?
Good
Did you come good?
Did you come good?
Did you come good?
Did you come good?
Did you come good?
Did you come good?
Did you come good?
I come better with you, sweetheart, than anyone in the
whole goddamned world.
I really came so good.
I really came so good ’cause I love you.
I really came so good.
I come better with you, sweetheart, than anyone in the
whole world.
I really came so good.
So good.
But don’t come in me.
Don’t come in me.
Don’t come in me, me, me, me, me.
Don’t come in me, me, me, me.
Don’t come in me.
Don’t come in me, me, me.
Don’t come in me, me, me.
I can’t come.
‘Cause you don’t love me, that’s why you can’t come.
I love you, I just can’t come; that’s my hand-up, I can’t
come when I’m loaded, all right?
‘Cause you don’t love me. Just what the hell is the matter
with you?
What has that got to do with loving? I just can’t come.

Lenny Bruce was a comedian, a social critic, and a strip show emcee. He attacked hypocrisy  and was arrested and challenged for the words he dared to say out loud. Namely, he was challenged for saying, “cocksucker” and “to come” on a stage with a mixed audience. He performed “to come” at The Jazz Workshop in San Francisco 1961 and faced yet another obscenity trial. He died in 1966, tragically, at the age of 40.

His essay, “The People of the State of California vs. Lenny Bruce” is an except from his book How To Talk Dirty And Influence People and originally published in Playboy Magazine in 1965.

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One response to “Lenny Bruce

  1. roddog61

    I LOVED Lenny Bruce. As such an old fan, (really, really old fan. Decrepit old. Just really, really old…) I may have a story you haven’t heard. Lenny, and some friends, were eating in a Chinese restaurant. Lenny wonders out loud if there are any Chinese Jews. There are, after all, German Jews, etc. So, he asks the waiter “Do you have any Chinese Jews?”. The waiter says he’ll check and comes back in a few minutes, to a very confused group. He says: “No! Orange Jews, Apple Jews, Grapefruit Jews, but no Chinese Jews.” True story according to a comedian and friend of Lenny’s that I won’t name. But, if you’ve seen even one of his acts, you’d know that it’s total Lenny. He broke down a lot of barriers, and didn’t really live to see how much good that did. RIP.

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