The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

I Didn't Know It Had Lyrics...

"When a zith-er starts to play, You'll re-mem-ber yes-ter-day, In its haunting strain, Vi-en-na lives a-gain, Free and bright and gay.
In your mind, a sud-den gleam, of a half for-got-ten dream, Seems to glim-mer when you hear the third man theme
Once a-gain there comes to mind, Some-one that you left be-hind, Love that some-how did-n't last, In that hap-py cit-y of the past
Does she still re-call the dream, That rap-ture so su-preme, When first she heard the haunt-ing third man theme?
Carn-i-vals and car-ou-sels and fer-ris wheels and par-a-sols, The Dan-ube nights, the danc-ing lights a-gain will shine. The zith-er's sweet re-frain, keeps swirl-ing in your brain, like new May wine.
Strauss waltz-es, can-dle glow, and the laugh-ter of long a-go, Fill the ma-gic chords and make it seem like to-day.
You nev-er know that you could be, En-chant-ed by a mel-o-dy. The years will nev-er drive it out; You don't know why it's some-thing you can't live with-out.
You hear it in the twi-light hush, and to the morn-ing traf-fic rush, A song that's al-ways new, In your heart a part of you.
Oh, when a zith-er starts to play, You'll re-mem-ber yes-ter-day, In its haunt-ing strain, Vi-en-na lives a-gain, Free and bright and gay.
In your mind the sud-den gleam, of a well re-mem-bered dream, Shines so brightly when you hear the third man theeeeeeeeme."

Why am I reminded of Jasper singing Theme From a Summer Place?


Sam said...

"Theeeme, from 'A Summer's Place',
This is the theme from 'A Summer's Place',
Thiiis is the theeeme..."

You get the picture.

swac said...

Do I ever.

Wish I could remember the words that I wrote to accompany The Ventures' Walk Don't Run back in junior high.

Tom Sutpen said...

Ahhh. That's nuthin'.

Back when I was 18-19, and half-stoned one night with my then-girlfriend, I improvised lyrics to Sandy Nelson's "Teen Beat" (if you can imagine that). Although, like you, I can't remember what they were.

Anyways, I'll bet my forgotten lyrics were ten times better than the ones you forgot anyday!