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Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Posted by shanoah on January 24, 2010

One of the more inappropriate segues from the Birthday Massacre would probably be Joni Mitchell. And you know, I’m not sure how, but I just realized that even with the number of Joni Mitchell songs I’ve played here, I never got around to playing my absolute favorite Joni Mitchell song.

As such, here is the song she adapted from the poem “The Second Coming“, by W. B. Yeats, “Slouching Towards Bethlehem“.

Turning and turning
Within the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer
Things fall apart
The center cannot hold
And a blood dimmed tide
Is loosed upon the world

Nothing is sacred
The ceremony sinks
Innocence is drowned
In anarchy
The best lack conviction
Given some time to think
And the worst are full of passion
Without mercy

Surely some revelation is at hand
Surely it's the second coming
And the wrath has finally taken form
For what is this rough beast
Its hour come at last
Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born
Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born

Hoping and hoping
As if by my weak faith
The spirit of this world
Would heal and rise
Vast are the shadows
That straddle and strafe
And struggle in the darkness
Troubling my eyes

Shaped like a lion
It has the head of a man
With a gaze as blank
And pitiless as the sun
And it's moving its slow thighs
Across the desert sands
Through dark indignant
Reeling falcons

Surely some revelation is at hand
Surely it's the second coming
And the wrath has finally taken form
For what is this rough beast
Its hour come at last
Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born
Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born

Raging and raging
It rises from the deep
Opening its eyes
After twenty centuries
Vexed to a nightmare
Out of a stony sleep
By a rocking cradle
By the Sea of Galilee

Surely some revelation is at hand
Surely it's the second coming
And the wrath has finally taken form
For what is this rough beast
Its hour come at last
Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born
Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born

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Walk That Lonesome Valley

Posted by shanoah on September 28, 2009

This keeps with two recent themes. This is another song being sung by Joan Baez, but I really wish I’d found it when I was posting about Mary Travers death, because this is a duet with Mary, and is appropriate to the topic.

Walk That Lonesome Valley is a traditional, but it’s well sung. And, no, I’m not intentionally playing a bunch of songs that are depressing or about death. It just seems to work out that way.

(And remember, Sean, if you’re reading this, you can post and change the theme at any time. 🙂 )

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Donna Donna

Posted by shanoah on September 26, 2009

Before I detoured to comedy and scottish music[1], I’d been playing a bunch of Joni Mitchell music. It occurred to me that I’m remiss in having played a bunch of Joni’s music, but not having played any Joan Baez.

So I thought I’d make up for it. Here is one of her better known songs, Donna Donna.

This is a very serious, sorrowful song, originally written in Yiddish. It is in fact, I believe, supposed to be about Jewish people in Nazi Germany. Here is what it sounds like in Yiddish, as played by Klesmer R’s.

Though, if you remember the laughter from the Beatles “I Am the Walrus”,  I tend to picture that in the chorus about the winds laughing. Rather inappropriate, I know…

[1] Two topics that go well together.

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Mary Travers

Posted by shanoah on September 20, 2009

As much as I like this Scottish theme, I’d be remiss in not observing that Mary Travers of Peter, Paul, and Mary passed away last Wednesday.

I think everyone here knows how much I like Peter, Paul, and Mary. She was 72, and passed away of leukemia. It’s a damn shame that her death will probably be overshadowed by Michael Jackson’s, happening the same year.

This is the song Jesus Met a Woman.

And here is the song And When I Die.

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Dear God

Posted by shanoah on August 5, 2009

This isn’t related to the last post either, except, perhaps, in that it isn’t related.

Don’t really have much time for posting today, but here’s a song by XTC I found. This one is called Dear God, and basically consists of the ranting and raving people of a highly Christian background tend to do when they rub more then two brain cells together.

Of course, in my opinion, the fact that there is suffering in the world doesn’t mean god doesn’t exist. It just generally means that there is something wrong with the model of god given, or that there are constraints that you don’t know about.

Besides, if bad things didn’t happen, we’d still be in the stone age. And, frankly, good and evil are too sides of a coin; you can’t really have one without the other.

Still, I like songs like this. It shakes people out of complacency…

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7-2-09 Killing Joke – The Death and Resurrection Show

Posted by Sean on July 2, 2009

Great, just what I need. A Summon Sean spell with The Bee Gee’s Greatest Hits as a material component. Just effen great.

Actually, I do see a theme developing. You post some disco, and then I post the antidote to the disco. Arms dealers do it all the time – sell the measure and the countermeasure in the same catalog. Capitalism!

Anyway, since you started a joke, I’ll finish the audience off with a killing joke. This is The Death and Resurrection Show, off Killing Joke’s 2003 self-titled album, and the lyrics are… wow. All that and power chords, too. How can you go wrong?

You know, it’s funny how George Lucas and Killing Joke can read Joseph Campbell’s Hero With a Thousand Faces and come up with completely different interpretations. Personally, I think Killing Joke is closer to the truth than Lucas ever will be.

Courtesy of screaminglog.

To top things off, I think I’ll post the lyrics here, courtesy of LyricWiki… and probably for many of the same reasons you posted the lyrics to I Started a Joke, Shanoah.

Mark out the points
Build the pyre
Assemble different drummers
Light up the fire
Put on your masks
And animal skins
Illumination, illumination
Listen to the drums
Between each beat, each beat of the drum

O beloved Mother of Liberty
Hold me in your arms

Burn burn, burn brightly
Burn burn, burn white heat

And the day will come
Before the lights go out
Who will you turn to
Who will you turn to
Choose the crucifixion
Or Osiris slain
Recurring themes, time again

Illumination, illumination
Burn burn, burn white heat

Oh how ingenious the centuries of lies
Ezekiel’s chariots streak across the skies
Holy books and history texts forget
Because we know
Souls are recycled in the death and
Resurrection show

O beloved Mother of Liberty
Come to me

Everything I’m taught, amounts to nought
Everything I learn, the fire shall burn
Notions of myself that when I’m not
Whoever I was is now lost
Illumination, illumination

Burn burn, burn brightly
Burn burn, burn white heat

Oh how ingenious the centuries of lies
Ezekiel’s chariots streak across the skies
Holy books and history texts
Forget because we know
Souls are recycled in
The death and resurrection show

O beloved Women of Liberty
Hold me in your arms

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Jesus Thinks You’re…

Posted by shanoah on June 26, 2009

Well, no new deaths today that I know of, though I haven’t really checked too closely. It’d be pretty eerie if a new celebrity started dying each day for a blog theme, after all. Like Michael Jackson, who is now confirmed to have died of a heart attack. (The default method of dying from having your name written in the notebook from Death Note, as I recall.)

Don’t think we had a firm established theme before that, so I’ll fall back on what I had been doing: posting Frank Zappa songs.

This one’s a rather nice rundown of televangelists and other religious groups, Jesus Thinks You’re A Jerk. Includes jabs at Jim & Tammy, and the Ku Klux Klan, among others. Pity the lyrics shown are occassionally misspelled, or incorrect. (Bush for Pat was one noticed, for example.)

It’s a fun song lambasting various people and groups that need it, anyways. And no, not work safe.

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Hometown Unicorn

Posted by shanoah on June 9, 2009

Well, rather then wistfully gazing into our past, why don’t we wistfully gaze into a different past?

Here’s a song by SFA by the name of Hometown Unicorn, which is, in fact, from Fuzzy Logic(1996). The package for the single for this song also has your Welsh lesson for the day; it said “Bydded goleuni!” on it.

In English, Let there be light!”

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Serve Yourself

Posted by shanoah on May 23, 2009

Didn’t John mention UFO’s in conjunction with Yoko Ono in Out The Blue,  too? Interesting when there are recurring themes.

To give todays John Lennon song proper perspective, I’m going to do something rather unusual for this blog lately; play a song not by John Lennon. Here’s Bob Dylan with Gotta Serve Somebody.

All right, got it? Well, John Lennon heard this song. Apparently it upset him a bit, so he wrote this song, Serve Yourself, sung in psuedo-Dylan style. Rated not work safe for bad language, and stuff offensive to closeminded people of most major religions.

Theres a 8 minute version with less bad language, and without him trying to imitate Bob Dylans voice, too.

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Gods House

Posted by shanoah on May 14, 2009

You may recall, with The Exorcist, that I’d been posting house dj music. I thought I’d continue the theme by playing DHS‘s The House of God. I rather enjoy the animation on this, anyways.

And as long as I’m at it, there certainly are hooligans in the house of god, so why don’t I play The Ragga Twins Hooligan 69? I always did like the audio from the opening of Prince’s Let’s Go Crazy

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