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Liquor Store Hustle

from by Chris Orrick



Today, with Tommy Lee's motivation, Andy Dick's thumbs up of approval, and Chuck Liddell's serious well wishes and concerns, Chris Orrick released his newest single into the inter-webs. Let's take a moment to consider...

When a writer sits to open themselves up to the world, they are alone in front of a void on the page. They try to channel through themselves the most intimate moments of their lives and the world around them while delving into the question of what it all means. Is it any wonder that many find themselves holding a fifth in the process? The two acts become intertwined and  often become confused as to which came first. From Edgar Allen Poe to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Tennessee Williams to Truman Capote, their humor is often marked by its dark edge, all the more biting because of its unflinching look to the truth. Charles Bukowski and Raymond Carver were two best known for taking the quotidian and presenting it so accurately and so simply that it was profound.  Enter Chris Orrick.
The Liquor Store Hustle is hard to take too serious with its kazoo and slide whistle tones, but like a motor city Balzac, Orrick describes the contemporary Detroit work-a-day, drink-all-night, order pizza, and watch tv lifestyle. It’s an ode, a lyric poem, an anthem to the short distance drunk drive for more booze that should never be taken. It’s internal dialogues, microwave pizza rolls, pawn stars, and private competitions against the five oh. Produced by Man@Work, Chris Orrick’s newest single doesn’t take defining a 30-year-old success too seriously but maybe it hits the nail on the head a little closer than you might imagine. Run the rum, rum the booze- this is the Liquor Store Hustle.


Ten o'clock on the dot running out of booze

Only got a couple shots plus I need some food

Grab my wallet, grab my keys then put on my shoes

Hit the door, liquor store, yes I got the blues

I don't know if I'm okay enough to drive

And if I gotta ask that I probably shouldn't drive

Here we go, gas pedal, only got a couple blocks

Liquid confidence, motherfuck the cops

Do that liquor store hustle

Parking lot, park the car, yeah I made it this far

Struggling, stumble in, this shouldn't be this hard

Fluorescent, four seconds in, this is a mistake

Imaginary line on the floor for me to fixate

Headed straight for the snack aisle

They don't notice, nothing weird just another fat guy

Grab some food, grab some booze, pay the man and leave

Victory is mine and the mission is complete

Do that liquor store hustle

Back home, driveway, breathing out relief

Cops - 0 Chris - 1, relish their defeat

Inside pour a drink, microwave the pizza rolls

Yes I am a man child, love me or leave me alone

Preferably the latter

Getting older, getting sadder, getting fatter

Television Pawn Stars, I don't even like this show

Two hours late and I'm on the seventh episode

Do that liquor store hustle

Now it's twelve o'clock, still hungry, drunker than a skunk

Pizza place, call them up, they don't close till one

You remember large with banana pepper rings

Pepperoni, ranch dressing and a side of wings

Yeah, look what this world did to us

Hour later, on the couch, passed out still sitting up

Pizza man is in the window, banging on the door

I paid with a credit card, leave it on the porch

Do that liquor store hustle

Waking up 6AM, TV at a hundred still

Lights on, crack of dawn, fuck man I'm hungry still

Light bulb, great idea, pizza on the front porch

Fuck you it's cold enough, yes I'm gonna eat that shit

Untouched, unscathed, I believe in miracles

Can't think of words that rhyme with miracle

Ate it cold in the box then went straight to bed

At thirty years, honestly, I call that success


from Out To Sea, track released March 25, 2019
prod. Man@Work
Vocals by Chris Orrick
Recorded by Charlie Beans for Five30 Music
Mixed by Magnetic
Mastered by Joe Hutchinson

Design by Austin Hart
Executive Produced by Michael Tolle

Sounds Beautiful Like The Truth
Mello Music Group, 2019


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Chris Orrick Detroit, Michigan

Chris Orrick is the patron saint of a poisoned world. The blue-collar MC writes spiteful chants for the permanently scarred, death letters for the forgotten, surly hymns for charcoal lungs. Think Bukowski on an eloquent bender, swapping wine for whiskey, a notepad for a glowing LED screen, the race track for the recording booth. These are anthems for the irate, over-educated and under-valued. ... more

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