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

When Legends Gather #139


The cast of Laugh-In is joined by, at opposite ends of the celebrity spectrum, Tiny Tim and John Wayne.

6 comments :

Richard Gibson said...

Tiny Tim or could it be a time travelling Tim Burton?

swac said...

Perhaps...after spending a little too much time at Willy Wonka's...

Richard Gibson said...

Ha! That backdrop looks like the chocolate factory, look there is even a Gene Wilder look a like...

Vanwall said...

I hate to admit it, but I remember this when it was first run. :( Subversive TV, for its time, tho.

Jeff Duncanson said...

Yeah, me too. Watching Goldie Hawn cavorting in body paint likely caused the very first rumblings in my nether regions.

Brent McKee said...

I forgot - or more likely didn't know - that Larry Hovis was on "Laugh-In" in 1968 when that John Wayne appearance looks like it's from (Judy Carne is there too and she only did the first couple of seasons).