Exclusive Premiere: SF's Chuck Prophet Pens a Breezy, Longing Ode to the Old Days of Castro Halloween

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Who remembers the old days of Halloween in the Castro? It wasn't that many years ago -- only the mid-2000s -- that thousands of revelers of all genders, orientations, and shades of nudity would gather in the city's most fun-loving hood for a massive street party. Castro Halloween parties were huge and wild enough to go down as legendary -- they helped define the area's spirit over the years.

Then, after four stabbings one year and a massive shooting that wounded nine people another year, the big, official party died.

But S.F. singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet remembers. For his new upcoming album about San Francisco, Temple Beautiful (Out Jan. 24 on Yep Roc), Prophet wrote an ode of sorts to Castro Halloween parties the way they used to be, while sadly noting the violence that caused the city to stop the event. His first line is, "When the shots rang out/ And two men died/ You took off your mask just to see me cry."

The song itself is a gleaming, breezy rocker, anchored by Prophet's everyman voice. We're happy to premiere it this Halloween on All Shook Down -- so download the song and read Prophet's lyrics after the jump.

Chuck Prophet - "Castro Halloween" by Yep Roc Music Group

"Castro Halloween" by Chuck Prophet

When the shots rang out
and two men died,
you took off your mask
just to see me cry

Did you dream you up
Or did you dream me?
Is there any place else you would rather be?

Halloween was here, but now it's gone
Men in skirts and heels are marching on
Halloween is gone

Is the pain all your yours
Is the pleasure mine?
Don't you think it fitting we trade sometime?

When the merchants close the sidewalks down
With the leaves on the trees still golden brown

Halloween was here but now its gone
Men in skirts and heels are marching on
Halloween is gone

Halloween was here but now its gone
Men in skirts and heels are marching on
Halloween is gone... Halloween is gone

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