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 #341


Scott Walker and Lulu

6 comments :

Vanwall said...

Luvely pair, lovely voices.

Richard Gibson said...

Hey Rob, did you catch the doc (there seemed to be 2 versions, one shown on BBC here and one theatrically and on DVD here and there)? Lulu is interviewed as I recall.

Vanwall said...

Not yet, Richard, but the DVD is in my queue. A friend saw it and was very impressed - I wasn't aware of two versions, however, and I know she saw the theatrical release. Wonder what the differences are?

swac said...

I've seen both (glad to see it in the theatre too), and the longer cut does get a bit ponderous and repetitious towards the end. But the candid and straightforward interview clips from Walker are welcome indeed.

mike said...

'30 Century Man' - there is a quite unintentionally amusing part where Lulu is played a song from 'Tilt' and the look on her face whilst trying to remain in 'awestruck' mode and simultaneously listening to that extremely left-of-field record is indeed compelling to behold.

Richard Gibson said...

Rob, as hinted in the comments here from Stephen and Mike and as Testify has told me as he has seen both the one that was shown on TV was essentially a 60 min version of the theatrical version. I haven't seen the later.