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

Home Is Where The Heart Is #9

bogie and bacall
Bogie and Bacall spend a three dog night at home with their son Stephen.

12 comments :

MadHatter said...

"We had it all, just like Bogie and Bacall"
"Here's lookin' at you,kid"

MichaelRyerson said...

That lyric always bothered me, 'Here's lookin' at you, kid' was Bogart all right BUT he was whispering in Ingrid Bergman's ear, in Casablanca, not Bacall's. Beyond that a great picture.

jimkitt said...

I wonder if he got the dogs from his friend author Louis Bromfield?

Peter L. Winkler said...

Mitchum once visited and said the dogs were flatulent.

Christopher said...

dogs are laid out like Cerberus,guarding the gates of hell

Brooks said...

Couldn't drive through Key Largo for years after that song came out without hearing it on the radio. Maybe its still that way.

MadHatter said...

"'Here's lookin' at you, kid' was Bogart all right BUT he was whispering in Ingrid Bergman's ear, in Casablanca, not Bacall's"

....or in this case, he may have been saying it to his son ,hmmmm?

mndean said...

Key Largo was such a fun place in the film Key Largo. Hated that song with a passion from the day I first heard it, and I was only 20 or so when it came out. And people complained about Alanis Morisette.

Tommy O'C said...

Mitchum said the dogs were flatulent.
In later years, Mitchum once registered his contempt for a female reporter by blowing an allegedly long, loud rancid fart in her face, while she was seated. Another story has it that the producer of Night of the Hunter pissed him off, so Mitch unzipped and pissed the varnish off the producer's brand new Caddy. All nasty hearsay, I'm sure.

MichaelRyerson said...

Varnish? On a Caddy? Whaaa...?

Gerard Saylor said...

I watched THE BIG STEAL with Robert Mitchum last night. Fun flick.

vilstef said...

Band leader Woody Herman bought the house after Bogie died. I like the Cerberus hounds!