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

Seminal Image #512

Wings of Desire
(Wim Wenders, 1987)
Nick tells us about the girl.


andyhorbal said...

Love it.

Richard Gibson said...

Agreed, a great moment well captured and I love the Berlin era Bad Seeds LP's the most.
Excellent Stephen. Do you have the quiff tastic moment from 'Johnny Suede' or the menace in 'Ghosts of the Civil Dead'? I had the VHS but sold it off, regretably.

swac said...

I have a VHS of Johnny Suede around here somewhere...but I have yet to see Ghosts of the Civil Dead. I did get to see the Cave-penned follow up, The Proposition though, and thought it was a wonderfully dark piece of work.

Richard Gibson said...

'Ghosts of the Civil Dead' is one of those films that has sort of disappeared, it's certainly not on DVD here but did have a limited VHS release. I'm sort of regretting selling it. It's a very interesting addition to the prison movie genre and Cave has a small but suitably catalytic part. 'The Proposition' came out here at the start of this year, dark is the word!

Mike D said...

i like nick cave - he has written some great songs in his time - but i cant say i love him. something about the 'act' overtaking the personality to detrimental effect (see tom waits - same old sub-trout maskery ding dong since 'swordfishtrombone')

however, 'The Proposition' is a fantastic movie.