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

The Art of Songwriting #15

The Aba-Daba Honeymoon
(Music and Lyrics: Arthur Fields & Walter Donovan)
(Leo Feist, Inc; 1914)


Steve said...

Of all places, I heard this song in high school Spanish class right before being taught about a new verb tense. (I want to say it was the past-perfect, but I don't remember.) Aba-daba-daba, indeed.

Vanwall said...

Careful there, Steve, you're dating youself. ;-)

swac said...

And tying everything Arthur Fields was also the vocalist on The Moxie Song...