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

Relevant Quote #25

(Skeeter Davis and Chet Atkins)

"We merely want to live in peace with all the world, to trade with them, to commune with them, to learn from their culture as they may learn from ours, so that the products of our toil may be used for our schools and our roads and our churches and not for guns and planes and tanks and ships of war."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

When did he say this? What's the context? Did he think this stuff up or was it just a thoghtful speach writer?

Anonymous said...

When did he say this? What's the context? Did he think this stuff up or was it just a thoughtful speach writer?

Tom Sutpen said...

A thoughtful speech writer, no doubt. This was said during a time when the Eisenhower administration publicly offered the world nothing but our good will, while its CIA was busily running nations through the shredder left and right. Sure, it got a whole lot worse under Kennedy, but it started under Ike.