El Pulpo

by Khalid Hanifi

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Sam, Sam, banana man
Ripes and risk
Annex Honduras
Big Mike exodus
Get ‘em cheap, sell ‘em quick
Went into the jungle at seventeen
At twenty-one, by God, came out rich
He said “a mule costs more than a Honduran deputy”
Con oídos en el suelo

Edward Bernays
Middle America Information Bureau
Oh, lights of freedom
Señorita Chiquita Banana

Peurifoy, John Peurifoy
Pistol packing Peurifoy
A star spangled banner kind of guy
He knew exactly where the bombs would fall
Go figure

Eli's plunge into the Black
Briefcase packed with retirement plan
Smashed it through the glass
Freedom bound, 44 stories down

Not gone, but certainly forgotten


released February 12, 2020
Released February 14, 2020

Khalid: Vocals, Guitars, loops, etc.
Chuck Mauk: Drums & Percussion
Gracie Mauk: Keys
J. Ronquillio: Bass
Peter Kharchenko: Electric Guitar
Rob Desmond: Percussion

Produced by Khalid
Mixed by Khalid and Geoff Michael at Big Sky Recording, Ann Arbor, MI
Mastered by John Scrip at Massive Mastering, Chicago, IL


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Khalid Hanifi Ann Arbor, Michigan

Over the course of three decades, Khalid Hanifi (Map of the World [Atlantic Records], Kiss Me Screaming, Maypops, and as a solo artist) has built a deeply compelling body of work that combines uniquely thoughtful, personally-charged lyrical content with impeccably crafted, irresistibly infectious melodies. ... more

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