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

The 12 Discs of Christmas 2010 #11

Morecambe & Wise - The 12 Days of Christmas b/w Bingle Jells (Pye 17436; 1965)

This being Christmas Eve and all, here's both sides of a 1965 single recorded for Pye Records by British comedy duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise featuring their beloved brand of tomfoolery on a mixed-up version of The 12 Days of Christmas and the spoonerific Bingle Jells.

And if you feel like more of Eric & Ernie, go back and fetch their previous Christmas recording The Happiest Christmas of All, which was the third of 2008's 12 Discs of Christmas.


Sock MonKey 1 said...

Greetings swac, thanks for emailing the set lists. Sadly, either they didn't go through or, (more likely) they went to one of the many old email addresses I can't remember. Would you be a deer and a mensch and send them to ? Thanks a million. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

swac said...

Send them to "?"

You mean care of the Mysterians?

Sock MonKey 1 said...

Shit! this is getting ridiculous! Apparently the powers that be are censoring me. Let me try once more. My electronic mail is with the yahoo outfit. It starts with waylandm, then an underscore, then 99, then the curly a and finally the yahoo appendage. If this doesn't work, I'll give up.