by Michael R. Allen
For Bill Streeter’s Brick by Chance and Fortune (slated for completion in December), our town’s inimitable Pokey LaFarge has crafted a song about brick thieves that is chilling, smart and catchy. Tap your toes and learn the sad story of St. Louis’ underground when you listen to the newly-released studio version of the song, which is simply entitled “Brick Thieves.”
“I tell you St. Louis, we ought to have had enough,” sings Pokey mournfully, and I am sure readers of this blog will agree. If only the song were a plaintive elegy instead of a sober observation.