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"Just a Lifetime"

Admittedly, I've never cared much for either the Legendary Pink Dots or Edward Ka-Spel's solo work. Spooky, however, is a great admirer of both, and last night she read me the following lyrics (printed in Ka-Spel's book Love and Loud Colours, 2002, though the lyrics date from 1989)...because, you know, I needed something to fucking cheer me up. They spoke directly to that terrible space where I am right now, and so I'm posting them here:

Weeping like the ghost of winter, we watch our tears kiss ash and turn to steam. We walk on hot coals where a stream meandered. Tarred and tanned. We flex and count the tumors on our hands - spreading swiftly now. For this, we've waited just a lifetime.

Sun blessed mirror shaded mad dogs. Blow a kiss we'll all fall over. Hunting the oasis but there's only cola - sensurround. A technicolour thrill - It costs a fortune, so it must be real. For just a little sip, we'll keep waiting (just a lifetime).

And some of us went underground. We dug a hole and settled down. We waited for the gentle sound of steady rain to soak the ground and rattle on our ventilator. Guess the time we sat there waiting. Yes, you guessed! We waited just a lifetime.

And dragons walked the earth again; paraffin was free. A fire-eater went insane and torched the final tree. Then one fine day the planet crumbled, just 'cause someone sneezed. For this, we waited just a lifetime.

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jtglover
Mar. 30th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
Then one fine day the planet crumbled, just 'cause someone sneezed.

More and more I'm coming to believe that. Not that war, pestilence, famine, etc., aren't possibilities, but I think it's going to be a thing we don't notice until it's too late. We know about the ice caps, rain forest, etc. But who would have thought that we'd kill the bees? And with a drastic decrease in pollination, a decrease in plant growth, increase in CO2, less crops, etc., etc... Well, perhaps we won't be around that much longer to muck things up.

I hope your evening brightens, one way or another.
sfmarty
Mar. 30th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
Have you seen this web site?

http://www.drolleriepress.com/
shadowmeursault
Mar. 30th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
i don't know much of Edward Ka-Spell, but this brought to mind Sam Rosenthal's booklet "The First Pain To Linger." ever read?
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