Friday, 19 November 2010

"When a demagogue inside your head has taken charge" -

Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson -

Hang on to Your Emotions








You probably expect me to biro lyrics I like in to the inside back cover of my exercise book, but I'm putting them here too. This is a song about the voice in our minds that criticizes us - the poet Steve Waling (www.stevenwaling.blogspot.com) calls it "the policeman in your head", though to me it usually sounded like one of my teachers or some former "friend" (some people are inadequate enough to enjoy knowing they're a toxic influence). Hang on to Your Emotions is about insomnia, too, or at least night-for-day, and I love the bass line and the mix of metaphors and specific scenes, and the way Reed plays with fire - and with pop song conventions - with the moon/swoon stuff near the end. This is a love song, too - more so in the performance: watch how Reed and Anderson watch each other.







Lou Reed: Hang on to Your Emotions



When your imagination has too much to say



When the chill of the night meets the sweat of the day



And you have trouble understanding what other people have to say



You'd better hang on to your emotions



When a demagogue inside your head has taken charge



And by default what you say or do is criticized



And this litany of failures is recited a thousand times



You'd better hang on to your emotions



Could it be you've never felt like that



That your mind's a cage - inside the cage a cat



That spits and scratches all it can get at



And that's you and your emotions



Could it be you've never felt like that



Your mind's a cage - inside the cage a rat



Rabidly trying to get at you and your emotions



When your imagination has too much to say



When that facile voice inside your head says give your life away



You might think to ask - how it got that way



What books it has read - that make it that way



And where it got the right - to speak to anyone that way



You'd better hang on to your emotions, hang on to your emotions



When a night city's breeze blows across the room



And a 5 am moon and sun start their swoon



You hear your lover's breath



But not a moment too soon



You get to release all your emotions









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Tuesday, 2 November 2010

SHOT NO 50, by Anthony Sides



Time was sticky. A dusty windscreen, sun and miles and miles of time. Cappuccino blue sky - a moment I pretended. I heart that summer's finished, bestowing a blessing.