Song of the Day #4,258: ‘Like Egypt Was’ – Michael Penn

This song appeared on Michael Penn’s 1997 Resigned, the singer-songwriter’s third album, and third great album at that.

Penn would release two more albums over the ensuing eight years and then hang up his pop music hat for good. Or at least it seems that way, 15 years later. Maybe Penn will surprise his once-devoted fans with a new album release one of these days. I won’t hold my breath.

Penn has stayed reasonably busy during that span writing scores for movies and TV shows, and occasionally collaborating with his wife, Aimee Mann.

I wonder how much money a couple like that has. Neither is a major star and neither is very prolific. Do they survive on Mann’s sporadic tour dates and royalties from their earliest hits — ‘No Myth’ and ‘Voices Carry?’

I shook upon a bridge
On a fault on the north ridge
Where I placed a picture of you on my Etch-A-Sketch

I give you now the river
And it is too a river though
You may not know
That it is so
And I do not suspect
It’s the kind that you’d expect
In this respect
It’s concrete and cats
Like Egypt was

I’m on a three day binge
On the lunatic fringe
Palm Desert to the Valley of the Antelope
Where you wore colognes
Made of human pheromones
And I only want to stay inside your envelope

I’ll take you to the river
And it is too a river though
You may not know
That it is so
I give you now the river
Not the kind that you’d expect
In this respect
It’s concrete and cats
Like Egypt was

I’m on a three day binge
On the lunatic fringe
From Riverside all the way to Livermore
Where the scent she makes
Will now emanate
Until everyone in range
Collapses to the floor
And men will toil
In suits of foil
As they explain that this girl
Was anointed with an oil

I give you now the river
And it is too a river though
You may not know
That it is so
And I do not suspect
It’s the kind that you’d expect
In this respect
It’s concrete and cats
Like Egypt was
Like Egypt was
Like Egypt was

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,258: ‘Like Egypt Was’ – Michael Penn

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This album is completely off my radar.

    As to your question, I’m sure they live comfortably from royalties, but don’t one or both of them still perform live? That seems to be the stable money nowadays.

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