No coffee! Oh!

Way too much coffee. But if it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.
~ David Letterman

I work on one of the main streets in the Wellington CBD. Everyday I walk past people in suits with serious faces, striding up and down the streets, looking rather boring, bored, lost and/or sad (to me anyway)… till they spot a cafe or coffee cart. Then suddenly they regain a spring in their step, a light goes on in their eyes – and when they finally walk away with a cup of mojo clutched in their hand, they almost look like they’ve just won something. Coffee is a religion here.

Today I was walking past the coffee hero near my workplace, whipping up multiple takeaway cups of caffeine as usual in front of a rather worshipful corporate crowd… and I thought about a musical I once watched called ‘How to succeed in business without really trying.’

There’s a song they sing in there called ‘Coffee Break’. I’m sharing it with you this evening, just for fun, just ‘cos it’s Mid-Week Wednesday (woo!) :-)

There’s no coffee! No coffee! Oh!

If I can’t take my coffee break,
My coffee break, my coffee break …
If I can’t take my coffee break,
Something within me dies.
Lies down and something within me dies.

If I can’t make three daily trips
Where shining shrine
Benignly drips
And taste cardboard between my lips,
Something within me dies.
Lies down and something within me dies.

No coffee! No coffee! No coffee!
No coffee! No coffee! No coffee!
No coffee! No coffee!

That office light doesn’t have to be fluorescent;
I’ll get no pains in the head.
That office chair doesn’t have to be foam rubber;
So if I spread, so I spread;
But only one chemical substance
Gets out the lead–
Like she said:

If I can’t take my coffee break,
My coffee break, my coffee break …
If I can’t take my coffee break,
Gone is the sense of enterprise
All gone, and something within me dies.

No coffee! No coffee! No coffee!
No coffee! No coffee! No coffee!
No coffee! No coffee! No coffee!
No coffee!

If I can’t take my coffee break,
Somehow the soul no longer tries;
Somewhere I don’t metabolize;
Something within me …
Coffee or otherwise,
Coffee or otherwise,
Coffee or otherwise,
Something inside of me dies!

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5 responses to “No coffee! Oh!

  1. you are descibing me! i belong in wellington, with Those Of My Own Kind! oh how i long to be among my own people.

  2. indeed. i do love coffee as well. something is missing, if i am not drinking coffee

  3. You love coffee this much i think this song is your anthem!!
    hehe… pass it on. :)

    Merry Christmas!!!

    Joely

  4. I love coffee. Here’s a poem we wrote about our addiction to coffee :P . Enjoy! : http://switchtheshift.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/the-caffeine-culture/

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