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Gary Fletcher
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20/10/2018 1:17 pm  

On another site I started up a thread so I could quote things like this and encourage others to do the same.

I'm starting the same thing here, except I want to explain a bit about why I love the thing I quote, encourage others to contribute but also explain, and of course for everybody to respond to each others choices.

Here's one:

"When a man loves a woman
Spend his very last dime
Trying to hold on to what he needs
He'd give up all his comforts
And sleep out in the rain
If she said that's the way
It ought to be"

So...I understand the feeling, because I've been there. Yes, the song is a man's point of view (that's what I've got to work with here, folks, as Sam Kinison once said). Of course women could say the same. In addition, later on we open our eyes and see the other person in the cold and unsympathetic light of day. Not that the other person is a bad person, but that they are a person, not an angel, not a gift from god.

 

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Gary Fletcher
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20/10/2018 1:32 pm  

Here's another:

"down the hall somebody's cooking cabbage,
kids are running up and down the stairs"*

If you've ever lived in an apartment, if you've ever smelled cabbage cooking or heard kids playing and pounding up and down the stairs...if you've ever had a depressing Sunday Morning hangover...if you've ever wanted to maybe get in your car and get your life in the rear view mirror...

Well, then, you understand why this song is evocative.

*Waylon Jennings, Oklahoma Sunshine, written by Hal Bynum and Bud Reneau...I dunno which one is most responsible for the lyrics

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22/10/2018 10:47 am  
From Lou Reed / Velvet Underground...I'm Waiting For The Man:

"He's never early, he's always late
First thing you learn is that you always gotta wait"

 
and
 
"I'm feeling good, I'm gonna work it on out
I'm feeling good, feeling so fine
Until tomorrow, but that's just some other time"
 
Okay, I've never had a drug addiction, but I find that this resonates with so many things in my experience, so many things I assume in everyone's experience...what we put up with when we want things, of learning how strong our desires can be, of how they measure our willingness to debase ourselves. 

The second part contains something about how desire, the satisfying of desire is all about the moment and of the refusal to consider consequences.

All for now.

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John Hunter
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24/10/2018 2:51 pm  

I've commented this one elsewhere, but the most evocative lyrics I've heard are from Marc Cohn's "True Companion".

When the years have done irreparable harm
I can see us walking slowly arm in arm
Just like that couple on the corner do, 'cause
Girl I will always be in love with you
When I look in your eyes, I'll still see that spark
Until the shadows fall, until the room grows dark
Then when I leave this Earth, I'll be with the angels standin'
I'll be out there waiting for my true companion. 

That's the kind of love that everyone hopes to find, the kind of bond that even death can't break, and Cohn expresses it beautifully.


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Gary Fletcher
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24/10/2018 11:03 pm  

I remember that, John...you linked me to the song. Here's one along the same lines, except that it touches on the painful side of love, the ache of separation and loss:

"Please come to Denver with the snowfall
We'll move up into the mountains so far that we can't be found
And throw "I love you" echoes down the canyon
And then lie awake at night till they come back around
Please come to Denver
She said "No - boy, would you come home to me?""

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25/10/2018 10:38 am  

Good song, from the "other" Messina. When I was a kid, "Rocky" really hit me hard. The way she went through every verse, saying, "Rocky I never blank, don't know if I can do it."

Then it was "I never had to die before - don't know if I can do it."

Curmudgeon would be a great name for a newly discovered species of crab.


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Gary Fletcher
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28/10/2018 1:36 pm  

It seems to me that this is the heart of Harry Chapin's "Taxi"

"Well another man might have been angry
And another man might have been hurt
But another man never would have let her go...
I stashed the bill in my shirt"

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29/10/2018 4:40 pm  

"I see you standing on the other side
I don't know how the river got so wide
I loved you baby, way back when
And all the bridges are burning
that we might have crossed
But I feel so close to everything that we lost
We'll never have to lose it again"

Cohen was such a lyrical master. This verse from 'Tower of Song' captures the sweetness of something none of us ever wanted to lose once we held it. The last two lines perfectly sum up how painful it is to be so close to it, to think we'll never lose it...but we have, and it's gone.

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10/11/2018 12:14 pm  

"Such a tiny speculating whether to be a hip or
Skip along quite merrily."

Donovan Leitch, Epistle to Dippy

If I had to choose one lyric to attempt to summarize the spirit of the hippie scene in the mid to late 1960s, I might choose this one. 

I might use the following as a shoring timber, because it identifies that we are members of a community, not lone wannabe superheroes:

"If I make a mark in time, I can't say the mark is mine
I'm only the underline of the word"

Cat Stevens, Tuesdays Dead

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10/11/2018 10:18 pm  

"I'm on your side, and I still care

I might have died but I've gone nowhere

Just think of me, and I'll be there."

- The Escape Club, "I'll Be There"

I want this song played at my funeral. It perfectly evokes my belief that no one truly dies as long as they are remembered. It's a comfort to me to know that when I go, people will gather to mourn me, and someone will think of some silly thing I said or did and tell the story, and people will laugh. I'd rather be remembered that way than as "that grumpy SOB". So think of me. I'll be there.


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11/11/2018 8:00 am  

If people ask me what you are like, the best short answer I can come up with is "John is insanely sane."

Curmudgeon would be a great name for a newly discovered species of crab.


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