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

Welcome to Show Business! #18


Original Caption:

Las Vegas -- Lillian Roth, whose early career was ruined when she succumbed to the lure of alcohol and who then staged a successful battle against mental illness, is shown taking a bow with Lili St. Cyr, famous striptease artist, following Miss Roth's opening night at El Rancho Vegas. A new and exuberant Lillian captivated the audience with songs she made famous during her early years. (1954)

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