Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I'll Be a Friend, I'll Tell You What's in Store



The rain today makes it easy to think of this one, especially since it popped up on a 15-year-old mixed tape the other day, especially since it keeps the week's theme of dourness, the Democrats, disconsolateness, drinking, and dysphoria running (damn the D's, full blog ahead). And while Cole makes a joke of it in his story, what does it mean to drag in a chorus of children to sing the la-la-la-la's on a song baldly billed "Unhappy Song," it's like singing Richard Thompson's "End of the Rainbow" to them, or worse, making them sing it themselves. But that's not quite right, is it--they get the leavening la-la-la's, the bit that's meant to be sweet. Cause there's always sweet in the unhappy, isn't there, otherwise we'd never know it for the dolefulness it is. We sing, of all things, our sorrow. How human of us.

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Blogger George said...

Yes, that shaky-cam is a real problem, but the sound is good. And speaking of human, how nice is it that the guy cracks up at the last bit and the video totally goes to pot. It's like some weird parallel to the Uncertainty Principle--you can't have your focus and your laughing too. And which would you prefer?

12:43 PM  
Blogger E-6 said...

Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken

I'd forgotten all about Mr Cole until I heard Camera Obscura--and their wonderful tribute to the doleful Scot. I might have to see what I still have around. (I'm sure I still have Rattlesnakes on vinyl.)

5:51 PM  
Blogger Queen Whackamole said...

Wow, he's THE Lloyd? That's a charming song.

Focus just leads to laughing sometimes, doesn't it? Like a staring contest. With the universe.

11:21 PM  
Blogger George said...

Here's Cole doing the song that Camera Obscura's song is the "answer" to.

"If you really want to get straight, read Norman Mailer or get a new tailor...."

9:31 AM  

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