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

Great Philosophers of the 20th Century #16:
Bill Anderson


Must You Throw Dirt In My Face by Bill Anderson
(recorded by Roy Clark and Waylon Jennings)

What is it that brings you to this part of town, curiosity conscience or fate?
I know it's not love for I once gave you love and all you gave me was the gate
I got a feeling you've come back to just rub it in and it really put me in my place
You've already put big old tears in my eyes, why must you throw dirt in my face?

Must you keep telling me you've got a new love, I don't need you to remind me.
Must you keep telling me I look so lonesome and that my better days are behind me?
Must you keep showing me pictures of him and boasting of his warm embrace?
You've already put big old tears in my eyes, must you throw dirt in my face?

You've already left me and broken my heart told me how much you don't want me
Believe me I'm happier when we're apart, why must you come back now and haunt me?

Must you keep showing me pictures of him and boasting of his warm embrace?
You've already put big old tears in my eyes, must you throw dirt in my face?

1 comment :

swac said...

Elvis Costello does a fantastic version of this on his Kojak Variety cover songs CD...