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

When Legends Gather #597


Neil Young and Dennis Hopper

3 comments :

Mario Bag said...

The river flows
It flows to the sea
Wherever that river goes
That's where I want to be
Flow river flow
Let your waters wash down
Take me from this road
To some other town...
Mario from Brazil

Fred said...

One of my favorite stories about Easy Rider concerns the creation of that song. According to Roger McGuinn, Peter Fonda visited Bob Dylan and asked him to write a song for the movie. Dylan took out a piece of paper, wrote the words that Mario just posted and said to Fonda: "Take this to McGuinn. He'll know what to do with it."

blankemon said...

Human Highway?