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

They Were Collaborators #415


Hugh Paddick, Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Horne and Betty Marsden

2 comments :

Sid Smith said...

Ah - great choice Tom. Round The Horne was a fantastic show;happy memories of the whole family (more or less) sitting around the radio and weeping with laughter. When I listen to the shows now (yes I am that sad I have a CD boxset of Round The Horne)I'm amazed by the innuendo lurking beneath every other line. Of course I never "got" any of that when it was first being broadcast but laughed along nevertheless!

swac said...

I think you can hear episodes of Round the Horne over at BBC Radio 7's website. I go there weekly for my Goon Show/Hancock's Half Hour/I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again fixes.