Belle & Sebastian

21 Mar


There’s a scene in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous where Zooey Deshanel, playing 18 year old Anita Miller, ( her greatest role other than Jovie in Elf)  sits her mother and little brother down and says “This song explains why I am leaving home to become a stewardess” – and plays America by Simon & Garkunkel on her record player.  This scene always gets me.   I was like that as a teenager.  I’m still like that.  This song is the reason I left a good career as a television executive with a good salary and benefits and perks and a network of colleagues I loved and upward mobility and irresponsibly drove off the highway of my life, irrationally got married and started secretly writing poetry.   The cover of Tigermilk (above) hangs in my bedroom.

Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying

Ooh! Get me away from here I’m dying
Play me a song to set me free
Nobody writes them like they used to
So it may as well be me
Here on my own now after hours
Here on my own now on a bus
Think of it this way
You could either be successful or be us
With our winning smiles, and us
With our catchy tunes, and us
Now we’re photogenic
You know, we don’t stand a chance
Oh, I’ll settle down with some old story
About a boy who’s just like me
Thought there was love in everything and everyone
You’re so naive!
After a while they always get it
They always reach a sorry end
Still it was worth it as I turned the pages solemnly, and then
With a winning smile, the boy
With naivety succeeds
At the final moment, I cried
I always cry at endings
I always cry at endings
Oh, that wasn’t what I meant to say at all
From where I’m sitting, rain
Washing against the lonely tenement
Has set my mind to wander
Into the windows of my lovers
They never know unless I write
“This is no declaration, I just thought I’d let you know goodbye”
Said the hero in the story
“It is mightier than swords
I could kill you sure
But I could only make you cry with these words”
Cry with these words
Cry with these words
Cry with these words
Oh, get me away, I’m dying…


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