Mountains sit in a line, Leonard Bernstein. Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs. Birthday party, cheesecake, jelly bean, boom!

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Michael Stipe, den kølige mand med de vilde Elvis-moves, bliver 46 idag. Her er i den anledning en ret ok sangtekst af ham:

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night
The photograph on the dashboard, taken years ago,
Turned around backwards so the windshield shows
Every streetlight reveals the picture in reverse
Still, it’s so much clearer
I forgot my shirt at the water’s edge
The moon is low tonight

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night
I’m not sure all these people understand
It’s not like years ago,
The fear of getting caught,
Of recklessness and water
They cannot see me naked
These things, they go away,
Replaced by everyday

Nightswimming, remembering that night
September’s coming soon
I’m pining for the moon
And what if there were two
Side by side in orbit
Around the fairest sun?
That bright, tight forever drum
Could not describe nightswimming

You, I thought I knew you
You, I cannot judge
You, I thought you knew me,
This one laughing quietly underneath my breath
Nightswimming

The photograph reflects,
Every streetlight a reminder
Nightswimming deserves a quiet night, deserves a quiet night

© Michael Stipe

10 tanker om “Mountains sit in a line, Leonard Bernstein. Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs. Birthday party, cheesecake, jelly bean, boom!”

  1. På denne store dag (Hurra for Michael) vil jeg lige give mit besyv med. Det har været svært at vælge, men med tankerne tilbage på Forum i vinters er det her klart en af favoritterne:

    as the sun comes up, as the moon
    goes down
    these heavy notions creep around
    it makes me think
    long ago I was brought into
    this life a little lamb
    a little lamb
    courageous, stumbling
    fearless was my middle name.
    but somewhere there I
    lost my way
    everyone walks the same
    expecting me to step
    the narrow path they´ve laid
    they claim to
    walk unafraid
    I´ll be clumsy instead
    hold my love me or leave me
    high.

    say “keep within the boundaries if you want
    to play”
    say “contradictions only makes it harder.”
    how can I be
    what I want to be?
    when all I want to do is strip away
    these stilled constraints
    and crush this charade
    shred this sad masquerade
    I don´t need no persuading
    I´ll trip, fall, pick myself up and
    walk unafraid
    I´ll be clumsy instead
    hold my love me or leave me
    high.

    if I have a bag of rocks to carry as I go
    I just want to hold my head up high
    I don´t care what I have to step over
    I´m prepared to look you in the eye
    look me in the eye
    and if you see familiarity
    then celebrate the contradiction
    help me when I fall to
    walk unafraid
    I´ll be clumsy instead
    hold my love me or leave me
    high.
    walk unafraid
    I´ll be clumsy instead
    hold my love me or leave me high.

  2. Born To Run…..jeg var også med REM i Saga, men lige den sang kan jeg ikke huske?!?

    Ex-Pastor, jeg tror vi er mange omkring dig, der længe har ment en opgradering kun var et spørgsmål om tid. Forventer til gengæld at du straks begynder at bruge den nye titel i dit virke her på siden!

  3. Hep Jens! The Passenger fra At My Most Beautiful singlen er rigtig nok MEGET fin!
    Har i disse minutter forøvrigt lige siddet og lavet et cover til R.E.M. koncerten fra Saga Rock Teater 9 juni 1989 – var der desværre ikke selv, men koncerten er god, numre som ikke bliver luftet længere, eksempelvis Wolves,Lover og King Of Birds!!! Og så spillede de ligeledes en cover af Born To Run! Min bror var der – så han skal overraskes skal han:-)

  4. pete1970, jeg har også den bootleg fra Milton Keynes, “Adhesion” hedder den vidst, hvor den mørkt intense CF bliver efterfulgt af sjældne “Half A World Away”, også fra Out of Time – wow!

    CF findes også i en meget anderledes og rigtig fin liveudgave (domineret af klaver og pedalsteel) på “At My Most Beutiful”-singlen, optaget af BBC’s “Later”-program. Samme single har fra den session også en vild 7-minutters-joyride gennem Iggy’s “The Passenger”…

  5. Hep Jens! Ja – de SPILLEDE Country Feedback i Kbh! Det var måske aftenens højdepunkt i en frytelig, frygtelig hal!
    Den findes i utallige versioner, men mine to favoritudgaver må være fra Milton Keynes Bowl på Monster turen og sammen med Neil Young fra en af Bridge School koncerterne…..

    Mht Barney – så er han ganske rigtigt en ikkesanger, men hvilken en 🙂

  6. Og, og, og……..nu vi er omkring den slags, så bliver Barney fra New Order/Joy Division faktisk 50 i dag. Han er en stor ikke-sanger-sanger, men hans tekster er nok bedre for øret end for øjet:-)

    Den nedenfor citerede “Country Feedback” spillede REM i København sidste år – a true classic!

    En anden iorden Stipe-tekst er den her:

    Sometimes I feel like I can’t even sing
    I’m very scared for this world
    I’m very scared for me
    Eviscerate your memory
    Here’s a scene
    You’re in the back seat laying down
    The windows wrap around
    To sound of the travel and the engine
    All you hear is time stand still in travel
    And feel such peace and absolute
    The stillness still that doesn’t end
    But slowly drifts into sleep
    The stars are the greatest thing you’ve ever seen
    And they’re there for you
    For you alone you are the everything

    I think about this world a lot and I cry
    And I’ve seen the films and the eyes
    But I’m in this kitchen
    Everything is beautiful
    And she is so beautiful
    She is so young and old
    I look at her and I see the beauty
    Of the light of music
    The voices talking somewhere in the house
    Late spring and you’re drifting off to sleep
    With your teeth in your mouth
    You are here with me
    You are here with me
    You have been here and you are everything

    Sometimes I feel like I can’t even sing
    I’m very scared for this world
    I’m very scared for me
    Eviscerate your memory
    Here’s a scene
    You’re in the back seat laying down
    The windows wrap around
    To sound of the travel and the engine
    All you hear is time stand still in travel
    And feel such peace and absolute
    The stillness still that doesn’t end
    But slowly drifts into sleep
    The greatest thing you’ve ever seen
    And they’re there for you
    For you alone you are the everything
    For you alone you are the everything

  7. Godt nytår til alle…

    Mens vi er ved fødselsdagene, er her en mindre nedtælling til Kongens fødselsdag på søndag. I morgen fylder Marilyn Manson år, fredag er det Syd Barretts tur, lørdag Paul Revere og søndag Elvis Presley. Hip hip hurra

  8. tillykke til john michael stipe! her er min personlige favorit – også en særdeles ok sang by the way…

    This flower is scorched
    This film is on
    On a maddening loop
    These clothes
    These clothes don’t fit us right
    I’m to blame
    It’s all the same
    It’s all the same

    You come to me with a bone in your hand
    You come to me with your hair curled tight
    You come to me with positions
    You come to me with excuses
    Ducked out in a row
    You wear me out
    You wear me out

    We’ve been through fake-a-breakdown
    Self hurt
    Plastics, collections
    Self help, self pain,
    Est, psychics, fuck all
    I was central
    I had control
    I lost my head
    I need this
    I need this
    A paper weight, junk garage
    Winter rain, a honey pot
    Crazy, all the lovers have been tagged
    A hotline, a wanted add
    It’s crazy what you could’ve had
    It’s crazy what you could’ve had
    It’s crazy what you could’ve had
    I need
    I need this
    It’s crazy what you could’ve had
    It’s crazy what you could’ve had
    I need
    I need this
    It’s crazy what you could’ve had
    It’s crazy what you could’ve had
    I need
    I, I need this
    It’s crazy what you could’ve had
    I need this
    It’s crazy what you could’ve had
    It’s crazy what you could’ve had
    I need this
    I, I need this
    It’s crazy what you could’ve had
    It’s crazy what you could’ve had

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