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

Belated Happy 80th Birthday, Tom Lehrer


Musical satirist Tom Lehrer turned 80 years old last week, an event he presaged in this particular ditty (one of several recorded for European TV in the '60s, all available in links to the right).

1 comment :

Vanwall said...

Big Tom Lehrer fan since the mid-60's - got strange looks when we sang his ditties in high-school - we were the weird kids that sat under the tree by ourselves. Loved his work with Electric Company, too - nobody else like 'im.