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A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.
Lazarus: Where the fuck all these people come from? I have been drinking in this shithole all my life, I ain't never seen this many people in here at once. Bojo: Shithole? Kiss my ass, Laz. Lazarus: Back at you, Mutherfucker. Gill: [Hands Laz a flask after tricking him into showing up at the club to play] Lazarus: That's right, preacher, get me drunk so I don't stick my foot up your ass.
Rae: I think... I think we're fucked up. I know I am. But that don't mean what I feel ain't real, that I can't love somebody. And I know what I done is real real bad, but um... [pause] Rae: So if you want to quit on me I understand. But please don't.
Rae: Why you old men gotta talk so much? You gotta talk yourself into fucking me? Like little boys. It's okay. I'm grown, I know. We can go slow. [beat] Rae: You gonna give me another bath?
Local Mechanic: It's already noon, Rae. Do you think those shorts should still be on? Rae: Well if they weren't you could kiss my rebel cooch, faggot.
Lazarus: So what you know how to make? Rae: I don't fuckin' cook. Lazarus: You know Rae, I've met a lot of hard mouthed people in my day... Rae: Alright, alright. Look, I put the God damn dress on alright? I think I'm handlin' myself with a little bit of fuckin' restraint. I mean you got me chained up here like I'm some kind of dog!
Rae: [confronting her mother at the grocery store] Since you workin' on the square now, maybe we could get some coffee in the morning, if you want... Sandy: You need money again? Rae: No. That's not why... [pause] Rae: Why we always gotta do this? I mean, you and me been at each other as far back as I can remember. Wasn't no love between us. And I'm your daughter. I'm the only family you got. Sandy: You never needed nobody. Always made that clear to me. Rae: Yeah. I know I did. But I'm trying to be different. I'm trying to get some peace, you know? Sandy: I'm workin' here, Rae. Can you see that? Rae: [sulks] I just wanted some make-up. Sandy: All that shit's on Aisle 5. Rae: [Rae starts walking away. She quickly turns back to Sandy] I just think you should'a kept him off me, that's all! Sandy: [stops working and turns to Rae] The hell are you talkin' about? Rae: Now see? Don't do that. I'll go along with all you say about me. But that, you can't pretend no more on that 'cause I was just a kid, Momma. [pause] Rae: I didn't know about any of that stuff he was doing to me, and you let him do it. Some big nobody in your life and you let him do as he wanted with the only somebody you had! [Sandy walks up to Rae and grabs her by the arm] Rae: I'm sorry, Mama! I didn't mean to shout... Sandy: All my life I been putting out your fires with you givin' out your snatch to every waggin' dick in this town, and you gonna lay the blame at my feet? Well, I ain't gonna take that! Rae: But Momma, just tell me! I'm not gonna be mad. We can just talk about it! Be eye to eye on this. You don't even gotta say you're sorry, just say how you knew! Sandy: Only thing I'm sorry for is listening to my parents and having you... [pause] Sandy: Instead of doing what I should'a done! Rae: [grabs a mop and attacks her mother] TELL ME YOU DON'T KNOW! *GODDAMNED LIAR*! SAY IT! JUST FUCKING SAY IT! [Rae continues whacking Sandy with the mop] Rae: YOU WERE IN THE NEXT ROOM, YOU *BITCH*!
Reverend R. L.: Ima tell you something and it's just gonna be between you and me. I think folks carry on about heaven too much, like it's some kind of all you can eat buffet up in the clouds and folks just do as they told so they can eat what they want behind some pearly gates. There's sinning in my heart, there's evil in the world but when I got no one, I talk to God. I ask for strength, I ask for forgiveness, not peace at the end of my days when I got no more life to live or no more good to do but today, right now... What's your heaven?
Lazarus: I ain't gonn' be moved on this. Right or wrong, you gonn' mind me. Like Jesus Christ said, "Imma suffa' you. IMMA SUFFA' YOU!" Get yo ass back in my house! Rae: Or what? Or what? [spits in Lazarus' face]
Gill: I thought you had some shorts on earlier. Rae: I got others.
Rose Woods: [to Lazarus] Don't you lay a curse on me. [everyone at the diner glares] Rose Woods: Yeah, go on, look! SEE IF I GIVE A SHIT ABOUT *ANY* OF YOU PEOPLE!
Lazarus: I remember my first time, it was out behind my uncle's barn with my second cousin. Lazarus: She was two tons if she weighed a pound, I could have done better for myself.
Rae: [rolls over in bed] Hey. You got any money? Tehronne: Thought you had a man for that. Rae: I said we wasn't gonna talk about him. Tehronne: What we just did, you askin' for money, make a man stop. I ain't callin' you no hoe or nothing. But I ain't gonna be played like no trick, neither. Remember... you called me. Rae: [lights a cigarette] Save it. Save it for those dumb fuckers you sell crack to. Tehronne: [reaches for his wallet] How much money you need, hoe? Rae: [rises up] The hell you call me?
Lazarus: Cain slew Able, slew him out of envy. God put his mark on Cain for his sins, is that what you want Deke? Huh? Is that what you come here for? I'll do it for you, all you got to do is say it again... Say you love me. [pause] Lazarus: SAY YOU LOVE ME NIGGA!
Sandy: Cough drops or condoms? Rae: I didn't know you was working here. Sandy: [chuckles] Yeah, I just love dressin' up in these goddamned blue vests. [pause] Sandy: Your meal ticket get shipped out today? [Rae stares at Sandy for a second and walks away] Sandy: You let me know if I can be of any assistance!
Lazarus: God put you in my path and I aim to cure you of your wicked ways.
Lazarus: I'm cookin' steaks fah dinnah. I expect you to stay.
Sandy: Cough drops or condoms?
Lazarus: Mayella, it ain't never happened. And it damn sure ain't gonna happen tonight. Mayella: Oh, Laz, I know you're hurtin'. But you should know more than me, ain't no better cure for the blues than some good pussy. [kisses him lightly]