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 an Item #63
They Were Collaborators #538

Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood


Robert Fiore said...

By all rights, on the They Were an Item front, this should have been the start of a miniseries.

He Who How Was Isn't said...

Here's one of the Ideal Women of All the Known Universe, in a peak moment, and he's prettier than she is.
One of those rare instants where I think there may well be no God.

Tommy O'C said...

According to her sister Lana ("Plenty O'Toole" in "Diamonds Are Forever"), Warren did her, too, when she was a ripe old sixteen, if memory serves. Well, there was an era when one could say, who didn't he do? (Cue Carly Simon singing "You're So Vain.")

swac said...

Weird, I heard You're So Vain the other night, and someone asked me who I thought it was about. I've always gone with Beatty; one clue is the line about flying a Lear jet up to Nova Scotia (where I live, oddly enough). Beatty's mom Kathlyn is from Nova Scotia, and he would have had extended family here (the MacLean family...this being New Scotland and all). It'd be a pretty obscure reference otherwise.

Some have said Mick Jagger (who actually sings on he track). He flew to Nova Scotia once too, but it was to slap an injunction on Robert Frank, after he showed Cocksucker Blues without the proper authorization at the local art college where he was teaching. Anyway, I think that happened after the song was written.