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 Collaborators #651

Shari Lewis and Lambchop
Shari Lewis and Lambchop.


Kreisler said...

This a really creepy photo. Lambchop looks like she's got a serious habit. Knew she was going to outlive Shari.

estiv said...

Oh yes. Great choice for this series, since Shari Lewis was so good at creating both parts of a conversation, making you forget that she was actually doing it all herself. The audience would just get lost in the work. A subtle kind of magic.

DickGreenleaf said...

Jay Johnson has the best Shari Lewis story

Christopher said... Faye

Zoe said...

"Its just the song that never ends, it just goes on and on my friends, some people started singing it not knowing what it was,
But they continued singing it forever just because!...
Its Just the song that Never ends...."
F**kin loved that growing up, drove my parents bonkers.

John said...

I hadn't the strangest crush on Shari Lewis when I was a youngster. The goofy puppets I couldn't have cared less about. But I was just transfixed by the lovely Miss Lewis.

Who can explain these things?

capewood said...

I still have a crush on the lovely Shari Lewis. I loved her face and her voice.

Mrrspidey said...

I'm with you, Capewood. She was the best. And cute, too --