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See My Freedom Dance

The following line is from my all-time favourite song. I am afraid it won’t be recorded anytime soon but Cylindrian Rutabaga sings it every time she spots me in the audience. She is such a sweetheart.

“Throw away all the bitter fruits of yesterday and fertilize the soil with forgiveness, so love can abide in this garden…” (Grace Buford – Dancing in the Garden of Freedom)

Alirium Gardens 2 -by Jenilia Congrejo

Alirium Gardens 2 by Jenilia Congrejo – click image for original size

Goodbye

Sometimes I can’t find the right words, and those are the days when I want to give up on my blog and suddenly, I stumble upon a poem or a song and see that someone else has already said what I wanted to say. See also my post from 07/19: “INVICTUS”.

“Goodbye to all that” has been composed/written/recorded by a very dear friend of mine, O. , whose artist name is September 29th, well it’s also her birthday 🙂


September 29th – Goodbye to all that

So I say goodbye to you
And you, and you, too
Goodbye to this and to that
I know I’m not going to be sad anymore

We are ugly but we have the music …

My current addiction:

Chelsea Hotel No.2
Leonard Cohen 
(but for some reason I like Rufus Wainwright’s cover MUCH better!)
 
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
you were talking so brave and so sweet,
giving me head on the unmade bed,
while the limousines wait in the street.
Those were the reasons and that was New York,
we were running for the money and the flesh.
And that was called love for the workers in song
probably still is for those of them left.

Ah but you got away, didn’t you babe,
you just turned your back on the crowd,
you got away, I never once heard you say,
I need you, I don’t need you,
I need you, I don’t need you
and all of that jiving around.

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
you were famous, your heart was a legend.
You told me again you preferred handsome men
but for me you would make an exception.
And clenching your fist for the ones like us
who are oppressed by the figures of beauty,
you fixed yourself, you said, “Well never mind,
we are ugly but we have the music.”

And then you got away, didn’t you babe…

I don’t mean to suggest that I loved you the best,
I can’t keep track of each fallen robin.
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
that’s all, I don’t even think of you that often.

Neil Young – Light a Candle in the Darkness (lyrics)

Instead of cursing the darkness
Light a candle for where we’re goin’
There’s something ahead worth looking for.
When the light of time is on us
We will see our moment come
and the living soul inside will carry on.

It’s a chance to give new meaning
to every move we make
Through the caverns in the caves
where we come from.

When the light of dawn is on us
We will see what we can be
and the ancient ones can sleep an easy sleep.
In the hallways of the ages
on the road to history
What we do now will always be with us

It’s a chance to give new meaning
to every move we make
In the caverns in the caves
where we come from.

Instead of cursing the darkness
Light a candle for where we’re goin’
There’s something ahead worth looking for.
When the light of time is on us
We will see our moment come
and the living soul inside will carry on.

Light a candle in the darkness
so others might see ahead
Light a candle in the darkness when you go.

“Light a Candle” is my favourite song from Neil Young‘s new album “Fork in the Road”

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Lyrics ??? – Lyrics !!!

The lyrics of a song can sometimes drive me to despair. Usually, it is like this: If I love a song’s melody and intrumentation, I take a closer look at the lyrics….otherwise, I wouldn’t even care about them.

Now, here are 2 songs I instantly fell in love with but I haven’t been able to find out their meaning, no matter how hard I tried. Infact, the harder I try, the more confused I become. Okay, there is nothing to say against imagery, pictorial language and English is not my mother tongue as you certainly have noticed but…but I am really desperate. You know, I love the songs and I don’t even know what they are about! (perhaps I wouldn’t like them anymore if I knew?)

I’m outing myself: I am more a scientist than an artist, so from my point of view, I prefer songs that get the message across clearly, like SOKO – “I’ll kill her”  This is quite a statement, isn’t it! 😛

Anyway, please check out the following lyrics and let me know if you have any ideas about their meaning. I’d be glad about any enlightment.

 

Andrew Bird – Cataracts

when our mouths are filled with uninvited tongues of others
and the strays are pining for their unrequited mothers
milk that sours is promptly spat
light will fill our eyes like cats

and they shall enter from the back
with spears and scepters and squirming sacks
scribes and tangles between their ears
faceless scrumbled charcoal smears

through the coppice and the chaparral
the thickets thick with mold
the bracken and the brier
catchweed into the fold

when our mouths are filled with uninvited tongues of others
and the strays are pining for their unrequited mothers
milk that sours is promptly spat
the light will fill our eyes like cats
cataracts
(from lyricsmania.com)

 

Iron & Wine – Flightless Bird, American Mouth

I was a quick wet boy
Diving too deep for coins
All of your street light eyes
Wide on my plastic toys
Then when the cops closed the fair
I cut my long baby hair
Stole me a dog-eared map
And called for you everywhere

Have I found you?
Flightless bird, jealous, weeping
Or lost you?
American mouth
Big pill looming

Now I’m a fat house cat
Nursing my sore blunt tongue
Watching the warm poison rats
Curl through the wide fence cracks
Pissing on magazine photos
Those fishing lures thrown in the cold and clean
Blood of Christ mountain stream

Have I found you?
Flightless bird, grounded bleeding
Or lost you?
American mouth
Big pill, stuck going down
(from sing365.com)