Dave Alvin and The Guilty Men did a song called "Burning In Water Drowning In Flame." It's on his "Museum of Heart" album. There may be, probably are more Buk references in his work. Alvin (a great songwriter/musician) hung out among the poetry crowd down in Long Beach in the late 70s/early 80s, when he and his brother Phil got their start as THE BLASTERS. He was a Buk fan, as many of us were.
Hair?! I wasn't aware of that reference...
All right - oh babe
She always talked about the gods
She had a direct line with the gods
You've been selected by the gods
She told me
Ok, babe, let's make it then
(Looking for trouble? Have you got it?)
What a man has to go through for a piece of ass in a modern age it was highly ridiculous
Hey, what's that shit?
The tears of the gods?
The tears of the gods
Yes, the tears of the gods!
I can remember being seven years old
Having goldfish that circuled around in a bowl
I would watch the forest burn
and listen to the wind blow
I remember the table, the drapes, and the window
The dark brown everything: decoration, styling
Most of all, I can remember my mother smiling
Worn out and faded, my hometown was scrappy
More than anything she wanted us to be happy
Little to eat and back and forth to the hospital
She was right, it's better to be happy if possible
But the old man was under attack and was weak
And continued to beat us several times a week
He lived like a king even though we were piss poor
I tried to be strong and careful what I wished for
My outside ached, my inside stung
The long leather belt had replaced his tongue
Not knowing how to run or how
to hit the brakes
A white picket fence was built
around a pit of snakes
Both a wonder and frightening,
the thunder and the lightning
These were the sounds and sights
of a thousand fights
My mother, the poor fish, staging eternal
Charades and parades, for the raging inferno
Wanting to be happy, beaten all the while
Asking me always: "Why don't you ever smile?"
And she'd show me how to do it,
mother and wife
It was the saddest smile I ever saw in my life
It hurt worse than death but for her sake I tried
And one day all of those goldfish died
Hurricane, forest fire, out of control
Eyes open, floating on the water in the bowl
And when my father came home,
he walked through the door
And threw those fish to the cat
on the kitchen floor
And the wind died too and I was still a child
And the three of us watched as my mother smiled
Well it's a close one, a real close one
And no-one gets hurt, but she's got twice the fun
But now they kiss in the rain
And did someone call out someone's name
From a white cadillac on a wide wind
To her white dress across the great divide
Into the warm moonlight
And she's been reading Bukowski for days
And she leans over, spits her name in my face
And says "Well now you know how it feels"
Well now you know how it feels
Wayne Kramer (he of MC5) on his 1995 solo LP "The Hard Stuff" has a track called "So Long Hank".
"It's March 10th 1994 and Charles Bukowski has died. Heartbreak. I'll miss that man of poems, short stories....etc" and continues in a spoken word style with some sharp guitar shapes thrown in.
Really heartfelt tribute. Not listed on the album sleeve though.