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

Collect 'Em All #22


John Boles
No. 7 in a series of 50 from Players Navy Cut Tobacco
John Boles was born in Greenville, Texas on October 28th, 1900. His father was a wealthy cotton broker who wished his son to become a doctor. John went to the University of Texas, where he became a B.A., but his ideas about a career differed from those of his parents. While singing on the Broadway stage Gloria Swanson saw him and decided that he was to be her leading man for her next film. His popularity increased with the advent of talkies. The Desert Song was his first talkie, later pictures include Only Yesterday, Bottoms Up, Beloved, Stand Up and Cheer, Wild Gold, The Life of Vergie Winters and Music in the Air.

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