Man on the Corner (Bad Etiquette)

“Bad Etiquette” cassette, 1992 – Hamilton, ON

John Harvey, John Battaglia


Man on the Corner - drawing by Harvey Dog 2020

cigarette dangling
from chapped lips,
hat pulled down
over hairy brows,
quick glances
at his wristwatch


long overcoat
stained underarms
a bead of sweat
dangles from his nose
cigarette thrown
to the pavement

I approach him

a scowl creases
his mouth
as he darts
his head
back and forth
forth and back

as I approach
he flees
into the safety
of the crowd
and I stand there


cigarette dangling
sweat dripping
hat pulled down
over shaved brows
glancing at the
sun reflecting
off the cement

always waiting

Bad Etiquette cassette cover


  • A catchy little number from the Bad Etiquette cassette. I wrote the lyric about a year or two prior, brought it along. John added another of his many catchy riffs!
  • What is that instrument John’s playing? My old organ?
  • Im proud of the work we did on this cassette! It was a good week.

Recorded: August 1992
Lyric Written:1990

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