February 20, 2006

Suddenly, We're Quoting Joni Mitchell

How funny that this resonated so loudly with me when I was 25 years old. I heard a snippet of it recently; what an excellent song.

There was a moon and a street lamp I didn’t know I drank such a lot ’till I pissed a tequila-anaconda The full length of the parking lot! Oh, I talk too loose Again I talk too open and free I pay a high price for my open talking Like you do for your silent mystery

. . . . . . . .

We could talk about martha
We could talk about landscapes
I’m not above gossip
But I’ll sit on a secret where honor is at stake!
Or we could talk about power
About jesus and hitler and howard hughes
Or charlie chaplin’s movies
Or bergman’s nordic blues
Please just talk to me
Any old theme you choose

. . . . . . . .

You could talk like a fool-I’d listen
You could talk like a sage
Anyway the best of my mind
All goes down on the strings and the page
That mind picks up all these pictures
It still gets my feet up to dance
Even though it’s covered with keyloids
From the slings and arrows of outrageous romance
I stole that from willy the shake!
You know--neither a borrower nor a lender be

. . . . . . . .

Is your silence that golden?
Are you comfortable in it?
Is it the key to your freedom
Or is it the bars on your prison?
Are you gagged by your ribbons?
Are you really exclusive or just miserly?
You spend every sentence as if it was marked currency!
Come and spend some on me--
Shut me up and talk to me!
I’m always talking!
Chicken squawking!
Please talk to me

And now it's possible for me to have compassion for the person I was back then. Which is pretty cool, if you want to know the truth. I no longer want to travel back in time and give that girl—ahem—a good talking-to.

Posted by Attila Girl at February 20, 2006 04:41 PM | TrackBack

Ah, "Talk To Me"...from 'Don Juan's Reckless Daughter.' Sure, women say this, then they meet Travis Frey and when he finally opens up they get that "Contract of Wifely Expectations." Happy now? I guess it's better than not knowing.

As for Travis, if he is convicted, the judge should offer a reduction of sentence if he gets that contract tattooed on his body, like that character in "Prison Break." That way, his future dates would be spared the suspense. And it would make his prison stay a lot more appropriate.

Posted by: Darrell at February 20, 2006 08:02 PM

Now that would be interesting. Suddenly the guy is talking about the exact dimensions of the patch of permissible pubic hair. And the next time Joni pisses out tequila, it's onto the seat of his car. On purpose.

"Bad date. No blowjob for you."

Posted by: Attila Girl at February 20, 2006 10:54 PM

And here I was always thinking those damned t-tops leaked on my Z-cars...

Posted by: Darrell at February 21, 2006 09:17 AM

Sort of on-topic, about subtle communication between the sexes...from my album "You Don't Need MapQuest to Find The Sludge Retention Pond..."

The original words of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers. I'll consider this a copyright, in case someone is so pathetic and desperate. The royalties are to be split between LMA and me, if anyone can make money from it.


You don't wipe your ass anymore
when you take a shit...
You don't shave your legs anymore
use deodorant stick...
I'm tryin' hard not to notice, baby
but baby, baby I know that
You've lost that lovin' feeling
Oh that lovin' feeling
You've lost that lovin' feeling
Now it's gone, gone, gone
oh, oh, oh

There's no human look in your eyes
when I reach for you
And what's with the throwin' up
everytime I talk about my life with you?
Oh,Oh it makes me just fell like crying
Cause, baby, smells like something beautiful's dying.

Baby, I'd get down on my knees for you...
If you would only shower
Like you used to do
We had a love
a love, a love you don't find everyday
So don't, don't, don't
let it stink away...
I said baby
I'm begging you please
I need your love
So bring on the bath
just bring on the bath.

Posted by: Darrell at February 21, 2006 12:35 PM

Should be "you've lost that slavish feeling," but I'll let it go.

Posted by: Attila Girl at February 21, 2006 02:20 PM

"I no longer want to travel back in time and give that girl—ahem—a good talking-to."

Just as well. That girl wouldn't listen to you. I've gone through that mental exercise before, and always come up with the same answer: then-me telling now-me to mind my own business, that I'm not the person you are, and there's no guarnatee that I'll make the same choices and mistake I did. Or, I will. Whatever.

You have to make your own mistakes, in your own time. There's no shortcut to wisdom.

Posted by: Steve Skubinna at February 21, 2006 09:36 PM

"Take this letter that I give you;
Take it Sonny; hold it high.
You won't understand a word that's in it,
But you'll write it all again before you die."

--Queen, Queen II, "Father to Son"

Posted by: Attila Girl at February 21, 2006 09:46 PM

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