259 Readings | 3 Ratings

The Up-Stitch (Herbie Hancock Mash-Up)

(in honor of Herbie Hancock being named 
the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton 
Professor of Poetry at Harvard University)

It’s true: There was a woman. 

She was the real thing: Strung out, 
locked down, trapped in talking and– 

I can’t be sure exactly. (It was later 
in the evening; it was the right time.)

“Strung out? Locked down?
Stitched up? I just don’t think I’m up 
to that. See, 
don’t want to be feeling the burn, all.”

Who’s to say she’s on her own?
That the facts and the figures 
got turned around? 

(“Stitched up?” Stitch me up!)

Out of my mind.

Feeling can’t do 
a thing,

because I’m
lagging behind 
all girls like that.


Don’t sleep alone.

And I know I’m not the first one 
to think that.

I had to walk away, 
is exactly how it all went down. 
But I swear I saw her 
say my name. (Who’s to say?) 

She’s single, and yes, she did 
advance my way,
and since I’m not the first
trapped in
I can’t do a thing, because

That girl is flawless. 

Finally learned that. 

I wonder where she came from?
(I sure won’t be the last.)

I wonder where she’s got to go?
(Out of my mind?)

Spent my whole life looking 
behind my back.

Lock me down. 

Trap me in. 

String me out. 

Feeling: exactly how you hear it.

Additional mash-ups (based on line):

James Wright & Franz Wright:


Monica McClure:


Matthew Zapruder:


James Franco (Part 1 of 6; see Ink Node author page for others):


Additional Remixes (based on word):

Justin Bieber:


Miley Cyrus:


Death Cab for Cutie:


Rebecca Black:

Posted 01/09/14
Statement of Concept: This poem is a line-based mash-up of the Herbie Hancock (ft. John Mayer) song "Stitched Up." The original line-order for the song can be found here: http://www.metrolyrics.com/stitched-up-lyrics-hancock-herbie.html. While the order of lines for the original work has been altered--and on occasion punctuation, enjambment, and typeface have been amended, and homonyms used--the lines otherwise remain intact (though their meaning has of course been substantially altered). As in contemporary music, the verse mash-up is intended to both honor and creatively expand upon its source texts. This is defiantly not a work of "uncreative writing."
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