Fly (1971) – Nick Drake

Thanks Wes Anderson for putting this song in your movie! I first heard today’s featured song in The Royal Tenembaums which has one of the finest, but non-standard soundtracks I have heard. That reminds me…I must review this movie in ‘Friday’s-Finest‘.

Fly by Nick Drake is a very tender song about missed opportunities and yearning for the opportunity to get to know someone. This song reminds me of two ‘reflection‘ posts I have written, respectively: The Last Words and Mornington. The former exposes ‘Grace’ and the latter is a solemn poem of yearning.

Drake writes in Fly:

Please give me a second grace, Please give me a second face” contrasted with his comprehension that it’s over – “But she won’t need to cry, For it’s really too hard for to fly“. In his third line he wrote: “And the sea she will sigh but she’ll never deny.” 

If you’ll permit me to tether this with my Mornington lines:

“I prefer to revisit one of our earliest performances / than have another day like the one I had yesterday‘ and ‘I was fairly dismissed by you by the quay / in that jumpy district after the third bottle of wine. And regarding the sea: The crooked rocks, waves lapping my legs / Must be Mornington, feels like the beach / you popped in to say ‘hi’, your echo drew me here / To await the ferry to cast me out.

Nicholas Rodney Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. He did not find a wide audience during his lifetime, but his work gradually achieved wider notice and recognition. His reluctance to perform live, or be interviewed, contributed to his lack of commercial success. There is no known video footage of the adult Drake; he was only ever captured in still photographs and in home footage from his childhood.

Drake ended his studies at Cambridge nine months before graduation and in late 1969 moved to London. His father remembered, “writing him long letters, pointing out the disadvantages of going away from Cambridge … a degree was a safety net, if you manage to get a degree, at least you have something to fall back on; his reply to that was that a safety net was the one thing he did not want.

I can’t help but relay here one of the messages I read in the youtube comments from Zed Cecelja about Fly:
Had this beautiful song played at my daughters funeral as I carried her out. Rest in peace my beautiful Stephanie. Love you always, forget you never‘.

References:
1. Nick Drake – wikipedia
2. Song of the Week Blog Week 41 – Fly – Nick Drake

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2/05/22 – 8/05/22 Stephen Kotkin on Stalin, Brain Waves & Richmond Tigers

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Welcome to Monday’s News on the March – The week that was in my digital world.

Stephen Kotkin, ‘Stalin: Volume 1’
Bookstore presentation at Politics and Prose

Stephen Kotkin lectures are my latest addiction online. He is one of the best Political-History lecturers I have ever heard. Stephen has of course featured here before in a special News on the March article about the Ukraine Conflict and Russian History.

Stephen is very jovial and relaxed in today’s featured speech on Stalin:
In the first volume of a planned three-volume life, Kotkin, Princeton history professor and acting director of the university’s Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies program shows his subject’s (Stalin) evolution from one-time seminarian to ruthless dictator, linking the man’s traits—paranoia, brutality—to those of both imperial Russia and the Bolshevik power structure.
(View presentation here)

Waves and Dimensions
Blog article by James Cross at Broad Speculations

Comparable in subject to Mike Smith’s blog – Self Aware Patterns, James Cross presents the latest research on Brain and Consciousness. This article Waves and Dimensions discusses recent studies on Brain Wave activity specifically patterns of firing neutrons.

The view emerging from these studies is that the spatial organization of neural firings may be a critical component of the neural computation the brain performs. The traditional view of neural computation has been that of information passed sequentially from one neuron to other neurons as it moves through stages of processing, This new view augments the traditional view with spatial patterns and interactions carrying information. A researcher compares this difference to wave-particle duality in physics:

“The traditional view of brain function describes brain activity as an interaction of neurons. Since every neuron is confined to a specific location, this view is akin to the description of light as a particle,” says Gepshtein, director of Salk’s Collaboratory for Adaptive Sensory Technologies. “We’ve found that in some situations, brain activity is better described as interaction of waves, which is similar to the description of light as a wave. Both views are needed for understanding the brain.”

(Read entire article here)

Round 8 Australian Football League – The Richmond Tigers vs Collingwood Pies Rivalry
Forum at BigFooty

I am a big fan of Australian football and in particular my glorious team The Richmond Tigers. This Saturday afternoon (Melbourne time) they will play their arch rivals also from Melbourne – the Collingwood Pies. By the time this post is published the game will be done and dusted and I will include the game result and match highlights here. (The Richmond Tigers won relatively comfortably and I won’t relay the highlights because they aren’t the highlights)
This rivalry is rich in AFL history and it is expected this weekend the illustrious Melbourne Cricket Ground to be mostly full. I’m chomping at the bit to view this spectacle Friday night (Colombian time).
This is such an important match for us to gauge where we are at this season. I wrote at the Big Footy blog:
I think given our downslide since our formidable era; now with the team at nearly full-strength there are no excuses. If we win this well, then we have good chance at finals, if not then it’s highly unlikely. If we can’t beat Collingwood with this team, now, then we are officially (for me at least) in rebuilding for other seasons. Does our team have a tilt for another run this season? This game is the key.

There was also some discussion about the future of The Royal Hotel in Melbourne. One  person wrote: ‘I have always thought that the club should buy the Royal Hotel. Kick the strippers out and turn it into a family friendly hotel. No Pokies‘. Another replied:  ‘But what about the strippers family?

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Desde el Dia en Que Te Fuiste (2015) – ChocQuib Town

Desde el dia en que te Fuiste (Since the Day you Left) was recommended to me by someone here in Colombia. Hiphop is not my preferred genre of music, but I really liked this song from first hearing. ChocQuibTown (sometimes written as Choc Quib Town) is a Colombian hip-hop group that fuses various musical genres. Although the band formed in Cali, Colombia the members are originally from the Colombian department of Chocó (Colombia’s rural Pacific coast). The music draws influence from a wide variety of modern genres including hip-hop and more recently electronica, combined with traditional Colombian genres including salsa, Latin jazz, and Afro-Latin rhythms.

En el mismo lugar estoy (I’m in the same place)
Esperando a que vuelvas (Waiting for you to come back)
No dudes en regresar amor (Do not hesitate to return love)
Dejo abierta la puerta
(I leave the door open)

No, no, no puedo engañar mi corazón (No, no I can’t fool my heart)
Las mentiras no le hacen bien (Lies don’t do you any good)
Y ahora no se sabe que es peor (And now you don’t know what’s worse)
Si mentirle o confesarle
(Whether to lie or confess)

Desde el dia en que te Fuiste was released on the 2015 album El Mismo (The Same) led by the reggae-tinged love song “Cuando Te Veo“. The single reached number 13 on the Billboard US Tropical Songs chart. Leila Cobo of Billboard noted a more commercial sound on El Mismo, viewing the album as an effort to transform the group from “critical curio to commercial star” that “appends pop song structure and stickier hooks to the band’s eclecticism‘.

Lyrically, the band discusses Afro-Latino identity and taking pride in its native region. Member Tostao explains, “It is important to generate that pride for our people because our country is always talking about negative things like guerrillas and drug traffickers, that kind of thing and we want to show another side.” A common theme in the group’s lyrics is the goal of attaining more inclusion for Afro-Colombians in the rest of Colombian society and in Latin America as a whole.

References:
1. ChocQuib Town – Wikipedia

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Against The Wind (1980) – Bob Seger

Bob Segar, Live at Boston Garden Oct 7, 1980

Against The Wind is the title track from Bob Seger’s 11th Studio Album released in February, 1980. It is Seger’s only number 1 album to date. The album spent 6 weeks at number 1 and knocked off Pink Floyd’s The Wall from the top spot. I am not conversant with a lot of his discography, but I sure did wear out his Greatest Hits record. I have fond memories of this song in particular when I went on long drives through Gipsland, Victoria, Australia in the 1990’s. So when I hear this song it transports me back to the gorgeous rolling-green hills on those trips and the carefree period I found myself.

It seems like yesterday
But it was long ago

Janey was lovely, she was the queen of my nights
There in the darkness with the radio playlng low
And the secrets that we shared
The mountains that we moved
Caught like a wildfire out of control
Till there was nothing left to burn and nothing left to prove

And I remember what she said to me
How she swore that it never would end
I remember how she held me oh so tight
Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then

I consider this song a bastion of classic Americana songwriting. The way the rhythm and texture of sound coalesce with these lyrics, elicits great emotion in the listener. However, many critics were harsh on Seger after the release of this album. One such example is Rock critic Dave Marsh, writing for Rolling Stone, who strongly criticized the album as a betrayal of Seger’s longtime fans: “I’d like to say that this is not only the worst record Bob Seger has ever made, but an absolutely cowardly one as well“.  In a more positive review in the Los Angeles Times, critic Robert Hilburn said the album was “close to [Seger’s] earlier works” but represented a “mastering of the form” and that the reflective ballads stood out.

Wikipedia describes Seger as ‘a roots rocker with a classic raspy, powerful voice, Seger wrote and recorded songs that dealt with love, women, and blue-collar themes, and is one of the best-known examples of a heartland rock artist‘. With a career spanning six decades, Seger has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

References:
1. Against the Wind (album) – wikipedia

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‘The Prescription of Happiness’ – Love and Other Demons (Final) – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Sierva María de todos los Ángeles” drawn by Julian Escobar Gomez

The Prescription of Happiness is the second and final book extract from Gabriel Garcia’s short novel Love and Other Demons. More information about the author and book can be found in my first article.

Sierva Maria de Todos Los Angeles is the twelve-year-old daughter of the Marquis and his wife Bernarda. Her hair has never been cut, and was promised to the saints when she was born with the umbilical cord around her neck. She was raised by the slaves on the Carribean-coast in Colombia, fluent in multiple African languages, and familiar with the customs. In the beginning of the book she is bit by a rabid dog. She is subject to multiple “healing” methods, which can be considered torture. Today’s extract in-part deals with her father’s (Marquis) intent on using ‘whatever-means’ by healers available in the town to alleviate Maria’s suffering.

Márquez presents a society that is steeped in superstition and sees evil and signs of doom everywhere. The disease of rabies has always been loaded with myths and otherworldly references. As it is transmitted by animal bites, it has been associated with creatures from all fantasy spectrums, from werewolves and vampires to the Devil himself. Furthermore, the psychological implications of the virus and the way in which victims were dying helped in elevating rabies to the sphere of the metaphysical and the unexplainable. Márquez used these myths to perfection in this novella.
Some readers might find some of this content distressing:

He continued with the prescription of happiness for Sierva Maria. From San Lázaro Hill they observed the fatal swamps to the east, and to the west the enormous red sun as it sank into a flaming sea. She asked what was on the other side of the ocean, and he replied: ‘The world.’ For each of his gestures he discovered an unexpected resonance in the girl. One afternoon they saw the Galleon Fleet on the horizon, its sails full to bursting.

The city was transformed. Father and daughter were entertained by Puppet shows, by fire-eaters, by the countless fairground attractions coming into port during that April of good omen. In two months Sierva Maria learned more about white people’s ways than she ever had before. In his effort to transform her, the Marquis also became a different man, and in so drastic a manner that it did not seem an alteration in his personality as much as a change in his very nature.

The house was filled with every kind of wind-up ballerina, music box, and mechanical clock displayed in the fairs of europe. The Marquis dusted off the Italian theorbo. he restrung it, tuned it with a perseverance that could be understood only as love, and once again accompanied the songs of the past, sung with the good voice and bad ear that neither years nor troubled memories had changed. This was when she asked him whether it was true that love conquered all, as the songs said.

‘It is true’ he replied ‘but you would do well not to believe it.’

Pleased by these good timings, the Marquis began to consider a trip to Seville so that Sierva Maria could recover from her silent sorrows and finish learning about the world. the dates and the itinery had already been arranged when Caridad de Cobre woke him from his siesta with brutal news:

‘Señor, my poor girl is turning into a dog.’

Called in for the emergency, Abrenuncio refuted the popular superstition that the victims of rabies became identical to the animal that had bitten them. He confirmed that the girl had a slight fever, and although this was considered a disease in itself and not a symptom of other ailments, he did not disregard it. He warned the grief-stricken nobleman that the girl was not safe from any illness, for the bite of a dog, rabid or not, offered no protection against anything else. As always, the only recourse was to wait.

The Marquis asked him: ‘Is that all you can tell me?’
‘Science has not given me the means to tell you anything else,’ the physician replied with the same acerbity. ‘But if you have no faith in me you still have another recourse: Put your trust in God’.
The Marquis did not understand.
‘I would have sworn you were an unbeliever,’ he said.
The doctor did not even turn to look at him:
‘I only wish I were, Señor.’


The Marquis put his trust not in God but in anything that might offer some hope. The city had three other physicians, six pharmacists, eleven barber-surgeons, and countless magical healers and masters of the arts of sorcery, although the Inquisition had condemned thirteen hundred of them to a variety of punishments over the past fifty years, and burned seven at the stake. A young physician from Salamanca opened Sierve Maria’s closed wound and applied caustic poultices to draw out the rank humors. Another attempted to achieve the same end with leeches on her back. A barber-surgeon bathed the wound in her own urine, and another had her drink it. At the end of two weeks she had been subjected to two herbal baths and two emollient enemas a day, and was brought to the brink of death with potions of natural antimony and other fatal concoctions.

The fever subsided, but no one dared proclaim that rabies had been averted. Sierva Maria felt as if she were dying. At first she had resisted with her pride intact, but after two fruitless weeks she had a fiery ulcer on her ankle, her body was scalded by mustard plasters and blistering poultices, and the skin of her stomanch was raw. She had suffered everything: vertigo, convulsions, spasms, deliriums, looseness of the bowels and bladder, and she rolled on the floor howling in pain and fury. Even the boldest healers left her to her fate, convinced she was mad or possessed by demons. The Marquis had lost all hope when Sagunta appeared with the key of Saint Hubert.

It was the end. Sagunta stripped off her sheets, smeared herself with Indian ointments, and rubbed hisbody against the body of the naked girl. She fought back with her hands and feet despite her extreme weakness, and Sagunta subdued her by force. Bernarda heard their demented screams from her room. She ran to see what was going on and found Sierva Maria kicking in a rage on the floor, and Sagunta on top of her, wrapped in the copper flood of the girl’s hair and bellowing the prayer of Saint Hubert. She whipped them both with the clews of her hammock. First on the floor, where they huddled against the surprise attack, and then pursuing them from corner to corner until she was out of breath.

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A Salty Dog (1969) – Procol Harum

For the next month or so we will be backtracking alphabetically in the music library project to discuss new songs added to the collection. Most of these songs were presented in other bloggers’ Word Press articles, so I have all of you to thank for your input. The first of the new songs added is today’s featured song – A Salty Dog by the English Band Procol Harum. It has an ostensible nautical theme as indicated by the cover, seagulls in the introduction, and the maritime lyrics.

All hands on deck, we’ve run afloat
I heard the Captain cry
Explore the ship, replace the cook
Let no one leave alive
Across the straits, around the horn
How far can sailors fly?
A twisted path, our tortured course
And no one left alive

This title track itself was the first Procol track to use an orchestra and reached number 44 in the UK Singles Chart in 1969 and the album itself number 27 in the Albums Chart. The band formed in Southend-on-Sea, Essex in 1967 and named themselves after a male blue Burmese cat, which belonged to Liz Coombes, a friend. Their best-known recording is the 1967 hit single “A Whiter Shade of Pale“, one of the few singles to have sold over 10 million copies. Although noted for their baroque and classical influence, Procol Harum’s music is described as psychedelic rock and proto-prog with hints of the blues, R&B, and soul.

I enjoy letting this song Salty Dog enswathe me and just ride with it. The strings and chord progressions convey the feeling of floating on the sea extremely well. It’s a beautiful song which honors all those sailors who have been lost at sea over the centuries. The nameless and faceless many who braved the sea with as much hope and passion as those who made it through their journeys alive. A lot of Sailors have stories that border on the paranormal. I guess it’s the mystery of the sea.

References:
1. A Salty Dog – Wikipedia
2. Procol Harum – Wikipedia

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25/04/22 – 1/05/22 War on the West, Farthest Galaxy & Invisible Universe

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Welcome to Monday’s News on the March – The week that was in my digital world.

Douglas Murray: The Gullable Right has Fallen for Putin
Video interview by UnHerd

I recommended this video to a few of you during the week. It’s been enlivening seeing Douglas Murray doing the podcast circuit in the last week discussing his new book – The War on the West – How to Prevail in the Age of Unreason. In this interview Freddie Sayers discusses the backlash against Western values with Douglas Murray.

When Douglas Murray was writing his new book The War on the West, Putin had not yet launched an actual war on the edge of Europe. Now, two months after the invasion of Ukraine, has the battle of ideas he writes about been put into perspective?
Freddie Sayers speaks to Douglas Murray about the factions of the Right who have been fooled by Putin’s ‘woke West’ propaganda and why the war in Ukraine is not the wake-up call we might have expected.
(View full interview here)

Farthest Galaxy Ever Found GN-z11 Just did Something Unbelievable
Video at Anton Petrov

Do yourself a favour and watch at least the first 30 seconds of this video. I was ‘starry-eyed’ being transported to the furtherst galaxy in our observable Universe. Those zooms to galaxies blow my mind every time.
Since our 13.8 billion-year old Universe is expanding the GN-z11 galaxy is now located so far away that it isn’t even measured in kilometres or light years, but what is known as ‘red-shift’ – ‘the natural shifting of all of the light as it travels across the Universe becoming slightly less energetic with time’. (Watch video here)
As I discussed in a previous News on the March piece and presented in the link below – The Invisible universe, the largest galaxy in our local galaxy group Andromeda is moving towards the Milky Way at 14 million kilometres a day and will collide in 4 billion years which is approximately 1 billion years prior to the predicted expiration of our Sun.

The Invisible Universe, from Supernova to Black holes with Matthew Bothwell
Presentation at The Royal Institution

Lets continue down the mysterious Universe path with this fascinating exploration of the marvels of cosmology. This is one of the few presentations which I find a bedrock of super information for the lay-person about the Universe. In fact I intend to fall asleep listening to this video again tonight; not to take anything away from its rousing content, on the contrary.
From 15:00 minutes in this video Matthew Bothwell shows an excellent simulation of the collision between our Galaxy (The Milky Way) and Adromeda.

Since the dawn of our species, people all over the world have gazed in awe at the night sky. But we can only see a tiny fraction of the Universe. Join Matthew Bothwell as he asks what the cosmos has in store for us beyond the phenomena we can see, from black holes to supernovas? And how different does the invisible Universe look from the home we thought we knew? Matthew Bothwell is an astronomer and science communicator based at the Institute of Astronomy and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge.   (Watch entire presentation here)

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Guaranteed (2007) – Eddie Vedder

Sean Penn’s Into the Wild (2007) had a a big impact on me when it first came out and so did the soundtrack by Eddie Vedder. Today’s track “Guaranteed” is the last song on the soundtrack performed by the Pearl Jam vocalist. After all of the soul-searching the American wanderer Christopher McCandless did, he could only arrive at one conclusion – Happiness is only real when shared (as recorded in his journal).

The movie is based on the book by Jon Krakauer who said, ‘When I was 23, I was young and reckless and did a similarly stupid trip in Alaska..a major solo expedition called the Devil’s climb..I thought if I pick a challenge that is hard enough and succeeded then everything thereafter would be alright..in some spiritual sense you would feel so good after doing something that’s hard‘.

Director Sean Penn said that as soon as he heard the song he “just felt that for sure this is the musical voice of (actor) Emile (Hirsch’s) character.” There is an intriguing Charlie Rose interview here with Sean Penn and Eddie Vedder about the movie and their collaboration.
Vedder won a 2007 Golden Globe Award for “Guaranteed” and received a nomination at the Grammy Awards for Best Song. Eddie Vedder would go on to perform the song on his 2008 solo tour. It has also been performed once with Pearl Jam during their 2008 tour.

On bended knee is no way to be free
Lifting up an empty cup, I ask silently
That all my destinations will accept the one that’s me
So I can breathe

Circles they grow and they swallow people whole
Half their lives they say goodnight to wives they’ll never know
Got a mind full of questions and a teacher in my soul
And so it goes

Director Sean Penn hand-picked Vedder to provide the music for the film. Eddie Vedder said about his writing of the soundtrack: ‘I wouldn’t want to romanticize my input of the process, but..two weeks or three weeks went by and I kind of woke up and it was done. And I don’t really remember a whole lot about it…it was from some place and I’m not really sure where it was.

Reference:
1. Guaranteed (Eddie Vedder) – Wikipedia

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Ex Maquina (2014) – Alex Garland (Friday’s Finest)

The warnings about AI (Artifical Intelligence) from the likes of Elon Musk (see this clip) and Sam Harris are in some respect pretext of what we see eventuate in today’s featured movie Ex Maquina. Apart from Sci – Fi exemplars 2001 A Space Odyssey and Her, Ex Maquina demonstrates with jolting efficiency just how easy it would be for AI to supercede the humans species. To quote Nathan, the inventor of an intelligent humanoid robot – Ava:

Nathan: ‘One day the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons on the plains of Africa. An upright ape living in dust with crude language and tools, all set for extinction‘.

Ex Maquina was made on a budget of $15 million; the film grossed $36 million worldwide, and received largely positive reviews. Mirroring the subject matter; this film is just so intelligently crafted and entirely believable in this day and age. To me, it’s difficult not this think that something resembling this plot hasn’t already been played-out or in development behind-the-scenes. Director Alex Garland also described the future presented in the film as “ten minutes from now” meaning, “If somebody like Google or Apple announced tomorrow that they had made Ava, we would all be surprised, but we wouldn’t be that surprised.

IMDB Storyline:
Caleb, a 26 year old programmer at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.

The script is so tight here and the performances are nuanced and cinematography and production-design sublime. The interiors are a work of art, but I especially liked the outdoor scenes (waterfall, forest and mountains filmed entirely in Norway). I don’t like seeing audiences dumbed-down in movies to secure big Hollywood mulla, but Ex Maquina presents itself like the audience know a thing of the topic. It was recognised as one of the best independent films of the year and awarded the Academy Award for best visual effects. Regarding that aspect: Ava’s robot body was achieved using a detailed costume, a full bodysuit made from polyurethane with metal powder poured onto it to create the mesh. There were lines on the costume to make it easier for VFX company DNeg to digitally remove parts of the costume in post production

The foundation for Ex Machina was laid when director Garland was 11 or 12 years old, after he had done some basic coding and experimentation on a computer his parents had bought him and which he sometimes felt had a mind of its own. His later ideas came from years of discussions he had been having with a friend with an expertise in neuroscience, who claimed machines could never become sentient.

Below is one of my favourite dialogues; including Nathan’s quote above at 1:50, but contains spoilers.

References:
1. Ex Machina – IMDB
2. Ex Machina – Wikipedia

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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) – Elton John

This title track of the classic album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road follows up my post from last month of the opening of the record – Funeral For a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road above just about any other song immerses me into the wellspring of my upbringing. For me this album and song is my musical heritage since it certainly builds on nostalgia for a childhood and culture left in the past.
I remember when I was prepubescent and calling a major radio station in Sydney and recommending that they play this song for my father, which they did. I once had an audio recording of the lovely brief conversation I had with the radio presenter.

To my ears, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is one of the greatest albums in contemporary music and this title track certainly leads the way. Elton John was at the height of his songwriting prowess when he laid this down. It is widely regarded as his Magnum Opus.
What’s staggering to recall is Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics in two and a half weeks, with John composing most of the music in three days while staying at the Pink Flamingo Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. They ended up recording the album in France.

When are you gonna come down?
When are you going to land?
I should have stayed on the farm
I should have listened to my old man

You know you can’t hold me forever
I didn’t sign up with you
I’m not a present for your friends to open
This boy’s too young to be singing
The blues, ah, ah

So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can’t plant me in your penthouse
I’m going back to my plough

Wikipedia purports: The lyrics by Bernie Taupin deal with a toy boy saying farewell to his drug-addled socialite sugar daddy / mama and longing for his country roots.
Now, if that doesn’t throw a spanner in the dewy-eyed works. I didn’t know that until researching this song. Still, I’ll remember Goodbye Yellow Brick Road fondly as I always have for other reasons.
The song was the second single from the album and was one of John’s biggest hits, and quickly surpassed his previous single, “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting“, in both sales and popularity.

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